The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology


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The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, owned by the University of Reading and an integral part of the Department of Classics, is recognised as the fourth largest collection of Greek ceramics in Britain. The collection primarily consists of material from the Greek and Græco-Roman civilisations of the Mediterranean, most notably Greek and Etruscan ceramics and terracottas. Other artifacts include prehistoric pottery, as well as metal and stone artifacts of Greek and Roman date. There is also an important collection of Egyptian antiquities, ranging from the Pre-dynastic to the Roman period.

There are approximately 2000 objects in the museum, not all of which can be displayed at any one time. However the displays are changed periodically and less valuable items may be handled by school groups. The museum is open between 9am and 5pm weekdays, but it may be inconvenient when the room is used for teaching (times vary, it is best to check with the secretary in advance, especially in term time). School groups must book in advance for a session (contact the Assistant Curator).



Curator: Dr Amy Smith (

Assistant Curator: Ms Rhianedd Smith (

Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
Department of Classics
University of Reading
Reading RG6 6AA

Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 6599

Fax: +44 (0)118 378 6661

Last updated 1 February 2004. Credits and Copyright.

Address any comments or questions to or phone 0118 378 6599.