In 1963, the purchase at a London auction-house of a Red-figure Attic amphora marked the establishment of a collection of Antiquities designed to enrich the teaching programs of Classics and Ancient History at The University of Queensland.
Over a period of thirty years the collection grew steadily in size and in reputation under the guidance of Classics and Ancient History staff members including Gordon Cooper, Don Barrett, Max Kanowski and Bruce Gollan. Today, the Antiquities Museum has on display a broad range of ancient artefacts stemming from Western Asia, Egypt, Greece and Rome.
This archaeological material reflects the achievements of the great ancient civilisations which developed in the lands ordering the Mediterranean Sea. The collection provides the only comprehensive survey of ancient Mediterranean antiquities on public view in Queensland. The objects span almost 3500 years of history, and are in a variety of materials - stone, pottery, terracotta, metalware and glass. Together they give a picture of the technological and artistic advances made over that time by the forerunners of Western civilisation.
Many acquisitions in the collection have been made possible through gifts from the Alumni Association and a number of benefactors. Generous donations made in recent times, consisting of coins, terracottas, glassware, pottery, and pictorial material, have greatly enhanced the range and depth of the collection's teaching function. Apart from being put to good use in the teaching and research activities of Classics and Ancient History, the Antiquities Museum enhances the ancient world studies of the many secondary school students who visit it throughout the year. It forms one of the University of Queensland's most valuable cultural resources available to the community.
Room E347, Level 3, Building 1, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, 4072, QLD, Australia
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Museum Curator: Dr Janette McWilliam
Room 213, Level 2, Michie Building (Building 9), University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD
10am - 4pm, 7 days.
General Admission Free. Group Bookings By Appointment Only ~ Fees Apply.
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