16 March 2015 Start
17 March 2015 End
UK The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB


Material Cultures in Public Engagement

March 16-17, 2015

The Department of Antiquities, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge will host an international Symposium on the theme of public engagement with collections of the Ancient World in European museums.

In this two day Symposium, we will be looking at the range of strategies and ideas currently employed by European Museums with Ancient World collections to engage their public with aspects of ancient material culture. We will also be discussing the influence, the different pattern of evolution of curatorial and academic disciplines in different countries has on contemporary public engagement initiatives. European museums and collections that have recently undergone, or are currently undergoing major refurbishment programmes are particularly invited to share their experience of how their ideas of redisplaying antiquities have shaped, or are shaping, a new relationship with their audiences – and who these are.

Symposium Organisers:

Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou (assistant Curator, Department of Antiquities) and Dr Lucilla Burn (Keeper, Department of Antiquities)

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Confirmed speakers:

Confirmed speakers (so far) include:
Prof. Dimitrios Pandermalis (President, New Acropolis Museum, Athens), Dr Martin Maischberger (Deputy Director, Antikensammlung, Berlin), Dr Despina Kalesopoulou and Ariadne Klonizaki (National Archaeological Museum, Athens), Dr Jody Joy (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge), Prof. Matthias Wemhoff (Director of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Antikensammlung Berlin), Dr Nena Galanidou (University of Crete).

Symposium registration:

Registration for the Symposium is now open. The cost of registration for attending the Symposium (£25.00) includes lunch and refreshments as well as an evening reception on the 16th of March 2015 and two curator-led tours on the 17th of March 2017. Please note that all bookings and payment have to be made via this website. We regret that there is no provision for delegates to pay on the day of the Symposium. If you have any query regarding the Symposium please contact the organizers: Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou and Dr Lucilla Burn preferably on [email protected] or telephone: +44 (0) 1223 746643.

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