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 on March 16-17, 2015.

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.


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).

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09:30 - 10:15
Registration and Coffee
10:15 - 10:30
Introduction and welcome
Lucilla Burn
10:30 - 10:50
Engaging our visitors with the Ancient World Collections; The experience of the Fitzwilliam Museum
Lucilla Burn
Anastasia Christophilopoulou
10:50 - 11:10
The new concept of the Museum für Vor‐ und Frühgeschichte ‐ archaeology in a monument of museum's history
Marion Bertram
11:10 - 11:30
The Cambridge Gallery at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Jody Joy
11:30 - 11:50
Collecting, studying and presenting Classical Antiquity in Berlin in the past, present and future
Martin Maischberger
11:50 - 12:10
Experiment in temporary exhibitions
Nicholas James
12:10 - 12:30
Public engagement with the Ancient World in Greece: limitations and prospects
Nena Galanidou
12:30 - 13:00
Discussion to the morning session
13:00 - 14:15
Lunch Break
14:15 - 14:35
Casting Light on the Ancient World: Education in the Museum of Classical Archaeology
Kate Beats
Jennifer Thornber
14:35 - 15:10
Steps towards the Learning Museum: The National Archaeological Museum "Inside Out"
Despina Kalessopoulou
Panagiota Koutsiana
Maria Lagogianni‐Georgakarakos
Maria Selekou
14:35 - 15:10
Music as a means of attracting museum audiences
Ariadne Klonizaki
15:10 - 15:30
From the lecture room to the exhibit hall ‐ Training young professionals in Archaeology in Berlin
Regina Attula
15:30 - 15:50
Public engagement at the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin. Some impressions from a community of learners
Christine Gerbich
16:00 - 16:45
16:45 - 17:15
The Acropolis Museum and its public engagement activities and approaches of the past 5 years
Dimitrios Pandermalis
17:15 - 18:00
Discussion to the afternoon session and Conclusions
18:30 - 20:00
Evening Reception at the Museum of Classical Archaeology
10:30 - 11:30
Guided tour to the refurbished galleries, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Meet at the entrance of the Museum on Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3DZ, at 10:20 am for 10:30 am
Sarah‐Jane Harknett
12:00 - 13:00
Guided tour, Gallery of Greece and Rome (Gallery 21)
Meet at the Main Entrance of the Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB at 11.50 am for 12.00 am
Lucilla Burn
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch‐time reception
14:30 - 15:00
Symposium closes