You may remember watching a 2010 Classics Confidential interview with Dr Kate Cooper in the newly refurbished Greek and Roman galleries of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Last week, Classics Confidential returned to the galleries to catch up with Keeper of Antiquities Dr Lucilla Burn and Outreach Officer Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou.
We talked primarily about an exciting new project called ‘Material Culture(s) in Public Engagement’, which aims to investigate themes related with ancient family life and the domestic environment using objects in the museum collections. One strand of the project will involve working with four different audience groups, who will bring their own unique insights to a range of carefully-chosen artefacts: i) adult disability groups including blind and partially sighted, ii)
disabled children and young people with particular health needs, iii) immigrant and refugee groups and iv) the local LGBT community in Cambridge.
The culmination of the project (Spring 2015) will coincide with a series of public events and hopefully with an ‘academic’ meeting of Museum professionals across Europe on the theme of ‘Public Archaeology’. For more information please keep an eye on the Fitzwilliam Museum’s website, and we’ll post updates on our Facebook page and Twitter feed too.