Author Archives: RAMM Leventis Project

Conversation starters

Recently we asked our museum’s professional photographer to take some images of our objects. Photographs of museum objects tend to look very similar, with the intention of recording an object at its best without any distortions or areas in shade. The resulting images tend to be very serious in appearance and a little uninspiring. These […]

Megan O'Connor, Conservation intern

Conservation versus Access?

RAMM conservation intern Megan O’Connor wanted to share her experience of object conservation and the RAMM Leventis Project: Why conserve museum objects? The RAMM Leventis Project was conceived to provide access to the Greek and Cypriot collections at RAMM to people in Devon, the UK, and around the world. A key part of making objects […]

Blue-green glass bottle

Roman glass and the process of ageing

Linda’s latest discoveries in our stores: One of the boxes of objects we photographed recently contained Roman period glass which had been found in Cyprus – two tall thin jars, and three short round ones. These were my absolute favourites:  Originally this was a clear flask, but it now has an opaque appearance due to […]

Greek vase with human figures

Greek pottery and human figures

Linda’s latest discovery in the museum stores: The person who collected this elegant Greek pottery jug has written on it “Greek from Mycenae”, which immediately gives rise to Homeric musings! Sadly, much of the lovely patterning which once decorated this jug has been lost.  However, a pair of human legs remains visible – giving the […]

Ceramic musician from Idalium

A lady musician

An update from Linda: Following from my last post, I promised to tell you more about the fascinating objects we found in the store. Far and away my favourite object so far is this beautiful artefact. Who is she? Just 15cm tall she is very lovely with a smart, complex hairstyle topped with a tall head-dress. […]

Striking gold with stone!

From Linda: Today we (metaphorically) struck gold discovering several very interesting objects! A mystery… First of all, a mysterious artefact – I had no idea what it was! My first reaction was ‘how dull’, but the more I looked at it the more fascinated I became. It is the shape of a can, approximately 7 […]

Greek ceramic head

How do you label an object?

An update from Linda, project volunteer: Hurray! I’ve been taking my own photos today, with great support from the ever-patient Helen. The camera itself is daunting, complicated and fragile. However, having set up the table with clean thick white paper as a background, angled the lights, and put the camera to the correct settings we […]

Linda handling a stone object

The Great “Handling” Training Session

From Linda, project volunteer: At last Helena Jaeschke, Conservation Development Officer, has shown us what to do, and importantly what not to do, when handling objects. This means I shall finally (literally) be able to get to grips with the artefacts…very carefully. Helena was very methodical, explaining about written procedures and the need to be […]

Greek red figure pottery vessel

Greek pottery and horses

An update from Linda, project volunteer: I am very much enjoying seeing the variety of beautiful artefacts in the museum’s collection. It is difficult to understand the variety of colours of the terracotta objects – they are often discoloured and degraded but remain beautiful. The decay gives a different kind of beauty to the objects, which never-the-less often […]

Bronze Age pottery tankard

Photographing pottery from Cyprus

Today we have a guest blog from Linda, one of our volunteers: I recently started helping with the Leventis Project, which involves photographing and recording RAMM’s collection of pottery from prehistoric and Roman period Cyprus. I am still very much the “learner” having never written a blog before, or used a complicated digital camera (no point […]