Author Archives: Jenny Durrant

A core-moulded glass flask excavated from Hissarlik, the alleged site of ancient Troy.

The search for Troy comes to Exeter

It’s not very often that you discover a hint of gold, a tantalising glint of something exciting lurking in a box in store… The archaeology of paperwork I spend a lot of time searching for information about the collection, a process which reminds me very much of the process of archaeology – slowly trawling old […]

An aryballos excavated by Sir Alfred Biliotti from Kameiros.

RAMM’s connection to Sir Alfred Biliotti

The research circle For me as a Curator, one of the joys of the RAMM Leventis project is being able to spend time researching the collection. In the past, curators traditionally spent much of their working time doing research – usually detailed studies of very small and very specialist groups of objects in their museum’s […]

A New Year’s jigsaw puzzle

Happy New Year from the RAMM Leventis Project team! We’re expecting 2014 to be another busy year with yet more Greek and Cypriot archaeological objects being conserved and photographed, and a research visit from a very special guest… But more on that in the next few months! A 3D  jigsaw puzzle In the meantime I […]

Ceramic head

We’re back!

Hello from me and the rest of the team! Due to unforeseen circumstances it’s been almost a year since you last heard from us.  But I’m very glad to say we’re back and the project is up and running for its second year of important work. Sadly over the last year we had to say […]

Part of the glass display

Making a display of ourselves

Over the past few months Kirstie has done a wonderful job conserving our Roman period glass from Cyprus. She’s written about some of these objects in her blogs, where you can see how she has transformed these from broken fragments into their original complete vessels. This jar is one of the most astounding pieces of […]

Corinthian helmet

The hidden stars of RAMM’s collection

There are always objects in a museum’s collection that stand out to visitors – maybe because they are especially shiny, or unusually small or big, or because they are associated with a famous place or person. One of the most popular items in RAMM’s Greek collection is this Corinthian helmet, a type of armour worn by […]

Cypriot charioteer ad horses figure

Collecting ancient Cyprus

One of the many things I discovered during my time at the British Museum (see my earlier post) was the wider significance of objects in our collections here at RAMM. Among our collection are objects from a temple site at Idalion (Idalium), which was excavated by Sir Robert Hamilton Lang in the late 19th century. […]

The British Museum

RAMM visits the British Museum

Last week I spent a week working behind the scenes at the British Museum. Each year they host five individual museum staff as part of their Knowledge Exchange scheme, and this year I was lucky to be chosen as one of the participants. I chose to spend my time in the Department of Greece and […]

The old museum storeroom

Collections on the move!

Behind the scenes update You may have noticed that we’ve been very quiet recently. For the last eight weeks we have been very busy moving some of the Archaeology collections from their current storeroom into a new purpose-built store on the other side of the city. Before the objects were moved a team of staff spent weeks […]

A Cypriot pot

Talking with our ancestors

For me, the really exciting aspect of this project is discovering the objects in the museum’s collection and marvelling at just how talented our predecessors were. It’s far too easy to view ‘the past’ as a mystical place – a place that doesn’t really exist apart from as a concept in our heads. It’s often a place that […]