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Past Events: 2016

October 2016

Strike a Pose

What: Join artists and students from Rowan as they bring the Museum's sculptures to life by recreating their poses. Learn how to draw classical sculptures and our models as they move among the statues, by using quick drawing techniques or focusing on line, contour and shadow.
When: Thursday 27th October, 11am-12.30pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For all ages

 

Happy Families?

What: Meet a new cast of characters in this event run in conjunction with the Cambridge Greek Play. Discover the story of Antigone, who breaks the law when she buries her brother. Enjoy crafts, hands-on activities and a trail.
When: Tuesday 25th October, 2-4pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For all ages

 

Climbing the Greasy Pole in Ancient Rome

What: How did you move up the social ladder in Rome or get rich quick? How did you display your wealth in a fitting manner? What social traps awaited the nouveaux riches? Jerry Toner lets you into the secrets of social mobility in ancient Rome.
When: Saturday 22nd October, 3-4pm
Where: Faculty of Classics, Room G.19
Who: Adults

 

A Taste of Latin

What: Have you ever wanted to learn Latin? Join Dr Charlie Weiss as he brings the language to life in this taster session aimed at people who have learnt little or no Latin before.
When: Saturday 22nd October, 11-12am
Where: Faculty of Classics, Room R.01
Who: Ages 14+

 

Big Saturday at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

What:

Come along to the Museum of Classical Archaeology for performances in ancient Greek by the Cambridge Greek Play team, a children's trail and craft activity, and a chance to enjoy our casts of Greek and Roman sculpture.

When: Saturday 22nd October, 12-5pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For all ages

 

A Journey to the End of the Earth and the Bottom of the Sea

What: Join Patrick James on a journey through the 'Alexander Romance', a fantastical account of the adventures of Alexander the Great, which take him from Greece, through the Middle East and Central Asia, to India and, even, to China. Discover just how well travelled the 'Romance' is, as one of the most widely translated and adapted texts from Antiquity
When: Thursday 20th October, 1.15-2pm
Where: Faculty of Classics, Room G.19
Who: Adults

 

Statues, Stories and Stillness

What: Enjoy a story tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology using a range of peaceful, movement-based activities inspired by the collection. Stand like a warrior! Swish like a mermaid! Balance like a boat on the sea! Run in conjunction with the Fitzwilliam Museum.
When: Wednesday 19th October, 10.30-11.30am and 12.30-1.30pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Ages 3-5

 

Pitch Perfect: The Sound of the Aulos, with Barnaby Brown

What:

Join us after hours to experience ancient music first hand. Grab a glass of wine and follow the sounds of the aulos as Barnaby Brown processes through our atmospheric gallery, bringing the statues to life and playing the most popular instrument of the ancient world.

This event is part of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas.

When: Tuesday 18th October, 6-8pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

August 2016

Family Tour

What:

Step into the past and hear the myths behind our statues with our Curator.

When: Friday 19th August, 2:30-3:30pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Families with children all ages.

 

Meet the Greeks

What: Celebrate the Olympics with us by finding out about the Ancient Greek Olympic Games. Follow our Olympics trail, make ancient and modern prizes, and more!
When: Wednesday 17th August, 1-4pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Children of all ages

 

Drink and Draw

What: Pencils at the ready -it's back! Grab a glass of wine and sketch among our casts with guidance from artists Loukas Morley and Susie Olczak.
When: Friday 12th August, 6-9pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

Museum Marvellous Medicine

What: Visit our ancient apothecary to learn about weird and wonderful Roman cures! Join us for crafts, hands-on activities and a trail.
When: Thursday 11th August, 1-4pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Children aged 7-11

 

Meet the Romans

What:

Meet a Roman soldier, dress up in Roman armour or a toga, and follow our Romans trail. We’ll also be making military eagle standards, curse tablets and more!

When: Wednesday 3rd August, 1-4pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Children of all ages

 

Aesop's Forest: Don't Do That!

What: Find out what the badly-behaved birds have been up to in the Museum with storyteller Marion Leeper.
When: Tuesday 9th August, 10:30-11:15am
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Children aged 3-5

 

 

Aesop's Forest: the Scared Lion

What: A story for brave children and nervous animals with storyteller Marion Leeper.
When: Tuesday 9th August, 11:30am-12:15pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Children aged 3-5

 

July 2016

Family Tour

What:

Step into the past and hear the myths behind our statues with our Curator.

When: Friday 29th July, 2:30-3:30pm 
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For families with children of all ages.

 

Aesop's Forest: Don't Do That!

What: Find out what the badly-behaved birds have been up to in the Museum with storyteller Marion Leeper.
When: Wednesday 27th July, 10:30-11:15am
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Children aged 3-5

 

Aesop's Forest: the Scared Lion

What: A story for brave children and nervous animals with storyteller Marion Leeper.
When: Wednesday 27th July, 11:30am-12:15pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Children aged 3-5

 

May 2016

Of gods and men – Cities and sanctuaries in Archaic Greece

What: The practice of dedicating monumental sculptures to the gods underwent a revolution in the mid–seventh century in Greece. This tour with Michael Loy will explore how the changes in artistic style and of custom can be read alongside the other developing political, social, economic and cultural trajectories of the Archaic period.
When: Thursday 12th May, 1:10-1:50pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

Drink and Draw

What: Join us for a glass of wine, pick up a pencil and get involved as we sketch among our sculptures after hours with expert guidance from artists Susie Olczak and Loukas Morley.
When: Friday 6th May, 7-9pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

April 2016

All that Glitters...

What: Make your very own gold votive plaque as a gift to the ancient gods of Roman Britain. The fancier your plaque, the more you'll impress the gods!
When: Wednesday 6th April, 1.30-3pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Children aged 7-11

Drawing by Hand: An Introduction to Archaeological Illustration

What: Join British Museum illustrator Craig Williams to try your hand at archaeological drawing. T
When: Friday 15th April, 2-4pm
Where: Faculty of Classics, R01
Who: Adults

 

March

Star-gazing: the role of visualisation in Greek astronomy

What: When did the Greeks start to build celestial globes and armillary spheres to visualise their cosmological and astronomical theories and why? Join Professor Gábor Betegh as he explores the the role of 3-D visualisation and geometrical models in making sense of data gathered from observing the heavens.
When: Friday 11th March 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Faculty of Classics, Room G.19
Who: Adults

 

February 2016

Cut Your Own Curve

What: Join cut paper artist, Vanessa Stone, for this free cut paper workshop for adults. Vanessa will be sharing her expertise on how to produce pieces inspired by the work in her exhibition, Cutting the Curve: Crafting the Classical Body, currently on display our in atmospheric Cast Gallery.
When: Saturday 20th February, 2-4pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

Twilight at the Museums

What: Rumour has it our statues have been known to come to life at night... Explore the Museum after dark if you dare! Drop in to have a go at our Twilight trail and to bring our statues to life by torchlight. Just don't forget to bring your torch!
When: Wednesday 17th February 2016, 4:30-8:30pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: All ages

 

An Evening with Vanessa Stone

What: Join us for a glass of wine and a private view of the exhibition Cutting the Curve: Crafting the Classical Body with Cambridge artist Vanessa Stone. 
When: Friday 5th February, 6-8pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

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