Touching the past

One of the things I enjoy most about working as an Assistant Curator in a museum is the opportunity to handle ancient objects on a daily basis. It’s a privilege to be trusted to look after things that somebody used hundreds, or even thousands, of years ago – and it’s not something I take for granted. But for many museum visitors the objects are behind glass in a display case, or in cardboard boxes hidden away in a store. People can’t touch the objects; they can’t experience the smell of something that has been around for generations.

Pottery figure from Cyprus

Pottery figure from Cyprus

Discover the past

One of the main reasons for this Leventis project is to provide better access to our wonderful archaeology collections – Greek vases, stone figures from Cyprus, Roman glass vessels. Volunteers are now working in our stores and gaining first-hand experience of the past and the stories that objects can tell. For those of you who are further afield we hope you will enjoy discovering objects here, and in the future on our online collections database. To whet your appetite you can see a small selection of these objects here. We’d love to know what you think of these objects so please leave us a comment, tell us something about the objects, or ask us a question.


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