The Nicholson Museum was founded in 1860 at the University of Sydney, more than a decade before archaeology was formally taught in universities (and more than 80 years prior to the University of Sydney itself having a Department of Archaeology). As such the story of its growth and development reflects that of Egyptology and Mediterranean archaeology itself; from amateur collectors to organised and ethical excavations. Many of the objects in the collection are associated with the great excavations of the Middle East, Egypt, Cyprus and the Classical World. Dr Craig Barker will lead a floor talk of the Nicholson Museum galleries speaking as to how the Nicholson Museum’s collection reflected the increasing professionalism of archaeology from the late 19th century into the 20th century and of how 21st century technology can be used in a historic collection such as the Nicholson.
Time and date: 3.30-4.30pm, Monday 21 May 2018
Location: Nicholson Museum, The University of Sydney