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The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology forms part of the Department of Classics at the University of Reading. It is situated on the university's Whiteknights Campus, about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the centre of the English town of Reading.[1]

The museum houses a collection of material from the Greek and Greco-Roman civilisations of the Mediterranean, most notably Greek and Etruscan ceramics and terracottas. Other exhibits include prehistoric pottery, metal and stone artifacts of Greek and Roman dates, and a collection of Egyptian antiquities, ranging from the Pre-dynastic to the Roman period. These include musical instruments, bronze and copper artefacts and jewellery, a funeral boat and a mummified cat's head.[2][3]

The Ure Museum was created in the 1920s by the first Professor of Classics at the University, Percy Ure, although it contains an earlier donation of Egyptian antiquities, made by Mrs Flinders Petrie in 1909 to the then Reading University College. It has now grown due to the generosity of various donors, and is recognised as the fourth largest collection of Greek ceramics in Britain. The museum is named after Professor Ure and his wife, Dr Annie Ure, who was the museum's first curator.[2][3][4]

The museum is open to the public on weekdays between 0900 and 1630. It can be found on the ground floor of the north wing of the university's Humanities and Social Sciences building, signed on campus as HumSS. Admission is free.[5]


  1. ^ "Greek displays given fresh look". BBC. 2005-10-26. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology". Culture24. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  3. ^ a b "The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology - The Collections". University of Reading. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Ure celebrates its centenary". Bulletin (University of Reading): pp. 3. 2009-04-30. 
  5. ^ "The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology - Opening Hours & Directions". University of Reading. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 

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