The Museum of Antiquities, UNE is delighted to invite you to the 2017 Annual Maurice Kelly Lecture:

FREE Public Lecture

Dr Craig Barker

Manager of Education and Public Programs, Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney

When: 10th August 2017, 5:30pm (refreshments served from 5:00pm)
Where: A2, Arts Lecture Theatre (E11)

The Curator and the Cats: A tale of two Cypriot exhibitions at the Nicholson Museum

The Nicholson Museum is home to Australia’s largest collection of antiquities from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, and has close links with other collections of Cypriot antiquities around Australia including the Museum of Antiquities at UNE.  The collection is largely the result of the excavations and collecting activities of James R.B. Stewart, the first Professor of Middle Eastern Arrchaeology in Australia and curator of the Nicholson collection from 1954 until his untimely death in 1962.  Equally passionate about the Cypriot Early Bronze Age and his cats, Stewart revolutionised our understanding of the island’s Bronze Age Cemeteries and from the Nicholson established a long tradition of Australian archaeologists and historians interested in the culture of the island.  This talk will present the highlights of the Cypriot artefacts within the Nicholson Museum’s collection and discusses the two most recent Cypriot exhibitions hosted by the Nicholson Museum entitled “Aphrodite’s Island: Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus” and “The Sky and the Sea: Ancient Cypriot Art.”  The lecture will also discuss future plans for the Nicholson Museum’s collections.