Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology


The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology contains one of the most important collections of Greek antiquities in the United Kingdom. The Museum forms part of the Department of Classics at the University of Reading and is situated on the university's Whiteknights Campus, about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the centre of the English town of Reading, Berkshire.[1] The museum is open to the public Tuesday to Friday (closed Fridays out-of-term) and there is no admission charge.

Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
Photograph of the entrance of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
Entrance of the museum
Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology is located in Reading, Berkshire
Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
Location within Reading
Former name
Museum of Greek Archaeology
LocationReading, Berkshire, UK
Coordinates51°26′29″N 0°56′44″W / 51.441272°N 0.945522°W / 51.441272; -0.945522Coordinates: 51°26′29″N 0°56′44″W / 51.441272°N 0.945522°W / 51.441272; -0.945522
TypeUniversity museum
CuratorAmy C. Smith


A c. 430 BC ancient Greek oinochoe attributed to the Hasselmann Painter.

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 museum was created in 1922[4] by the first Professor of Classics at the university, Percy Ure, although it contains an earlier donation of Egyptian antiquities made by Hilda Petrie in 1909 to the then Reading University College. The collections have grown through the generosity of various donors, and are 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][5] The current curator is Professor Amy C. Smith.


The museum is open to the public Tuesday to Thursday between 09:00 and 16:30. It is on the ground floor of the north wing of the university's Edith Morley building, near entrance 5. Admission is free.[6]


  1. ^ "Greek displays given fresh look". BBC. 26 October 2005. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology". Culture24. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b "The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology - The Collections". University of Reading. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  4. ^ Introduction to 'The Ure Museum: a Retrospective' (26 October 2005) Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, 7 August 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Ure celebrates its centenary". Bulletin. University of Reading. 30 April 2009. p. 3.
  6. ^ "The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology - Visit us". University of Reading. Retrieved 23 October 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Official museum Facebook page.
  • Official museum website.