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 BurnFitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
10:30 - 10:50
Engaging our visitors with the Ancient World Collections; The experience of the Fitzwilliam Museum
Lucilla BurnFitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Anastasia ChristophilopoulouUniversity of Cambridge, United Kingdom
10:50 - 11:10
The new concept of the Museum für Vor‐ und Frühgeschichte ‐ archaeology in a monument of museum's history
Marion BertramMuseum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz
11:10 - 11:30
The Cambridge Gallery at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Jody JoyMuseum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
11:30 - 11:50
Collecting, studying and presenting Classical Antiquity in Berlin in the past, present and future
Martin MaischbergerStaatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz
11:50 - 12:10
Experiment in temporary exhibitions
Nicholas JamesPNL James Company, Cambridge
12:10 - 12:30
Public engagement with the Ancient World in Greece: limitations and prospects
Nena GalanidouDepartment of History and Archaeology, University of Crete, Greece
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 BeatsMuseum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge
Jennifer ThornberMuseum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge
14:35 - 15:10
Steps towards the Learning Museum: The National Archaeological Museum "Inside Out"
Despina KalessopoulouNational Archaeological Museum, Athens
Panagiota KoutsianaNational Archaeological Museum, Athens
Maria Lagogianni‐GeorgakarakosNational Archaeological Museum, Athens
Maria SelekouNational Archaeological Museum, Athens
14:35 - 15:10
Music as a means of attracting museum audiences
Ariadne KlonizakiNational Archaeological Museum, Athens
15:10 - 15:30
From the lecture room to the exhibit hall ‐ Training young professionals in Archaeology in Berlin
Regina AttulaBerlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies
15:30 - 15:50
Public engagement at the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin. Some impressions from a community of learners
Christine GerbichCentre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
16:00 - 16:45
16:45 - 17:15
The Acropolis Museum and its public engagement activities and approaches of the past 5 years
Dimitrios PandermalisThe Acropolis Museum, Athens
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 HarknettMuseum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
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 BurnFitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch‐time reception
14:30 - 15:00
Symposium closes