26 July 2017 by Chrissy Partheni
What is a curator’s knowledge and passion if not shared? How important is it that we reach out to communities and make the future generation aware and proud of their heritage?
Liverpool’s Cypriot and Greek community has long had a presence and history in the city. Language is important for those of us raising bilingual children and we are lucky to have the Greek supplementary school of St. Nicholas Liverpool, housed at Broadgreen International school. I wanted to work with the Greek school for a long time and got to know the teachers and the students when they visited World Museum last summer.
I wanted the parents, teachers and pupils to know about the Greek and Cypriot collections of World Museum. Although the collections are not currently on display, we are hoping to have a gallery in the future while we are also working to digitise them. The Greek school celebrated its end of year on the 8th of July and I was delighted to take part in the programme and festivities.
I decided it would be best to give a short overview of the collections from which part of Greece and Cyprus they come from, what cultures and historic eras they represent and talk a bit about how these collections ended up in our museum. I made my presentation fun and linked objects with images of well known sites and monuments such as the Knossos palace in Crete, the Mycenaean Lion Gate, the Parthenon in Athens. Parents and children had fun answering questions about Greek gods and goddesses. We also have some unique collections from Cyprus in the museum (Head of Priest King, female Egyptianised head ) and I took the opportunity to talk about the excavations our museum undertook jointly with St. Andrews’ University at Kouklia between 1950-1950s.
Other than simply delivering a talk I wanted to children to be able to get excited about objects. The casts of original objects from the Kouklia excavation were put to use. The excavation photographs were also a fantastic opportunity for the children and adults to see the objects in the context they had been found.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I was so pleased everyone was so interested and asked lots of questions. And it was a bonus that at lunch time I was rewarded with some fabulous Greek food, all cooked by the families of the students. Thank you for inviting me and I hope we can work together closely in the future.
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