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Ancient Greece at the World Museum

11 February 2010 by Lisa

It may still be freezing outside, but here at the museum one of our curators has been occupied with thoughts of sunnier climes – Greece to be exact! Here’s our Curator of Classical and European Antiquities, Gina Muskett, to tell us more…


Curators putting objects into a case

Careful with that pot!

Visitors to the third floor of World Museum will see a change – a brand-new display of Greek objects. Lots of people – not just me – have been working on this display, and it’s taken us less than a year to get ready, from start to finish. Above you can see a photo showing two of us arranging the objects in one of the cases. It takes a lot of time to get things just right and, of course, we have to handle the objects with great care – the pot we’re putting into position is about 2,500 years old.

My favourite case is the display of some of the oldest objects in the display, made about 3,500 years ago by the people we call Minoans and Mycenaeans. Have a look at the tiny pieces of semi-precious stones, cut with very detailed designs, and imagine the skill it took to make them. The people who made the pottery were real experts, too – some of the pots have really thin walls, not much thicker than an egg-shell.

It was fantastic for me to have the chance to work on the display because Greek art and archaeology is a subject very close to my heart. I hope you find time to visit the new display; as well as some lovely objects, the colours in the cases are bright and sunny, reminding me of the wonderful blue sea and skies of Greece. Just the thing to brighten up a cold and chilly winter day in Liverpool!

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