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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Cypriot geometric ware pottery dish

Museums and digital photography

The development of digital photography has been a revolution for museums as it allows us to quickly and easily record what is in the collection. Gone are the days of choosing a small selection of objects to photograph, dictated by the restrictions of using a film with only 24 or 36 images, finding the funds […]

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 […]

Linda and Jenny with photography equipment

Exploring the Stores

As RAMM’s Collections and Audiences Assistant I am responsible for a lot of the museum’s object photography, and this has been my primary involvement in the Leventis project. The process has been very exciting so far! I feel very privileged to be able to explore RAMM’s stores and shed some light on a fascinating collection. […]

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 […]

Steph cleaning a Roman glass vessel

Meet the team!

The project team say hello! A wide range of people are working on our project to make RAMM’s Cypriot and Greek archaeology collections better known. From the museum we have Jenny and Tom the Curators who look after the collection, Kirstie the Conservator who is repacking and treating objects, Helen and Rick our digital media staff who are […]