Ure View: bringing ancient Greece to life

Ure View is one of four regional projects that are part of World Stories South East. To celebrate the opening of the exhibition a family event was held at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology on 5 May 2012, with the exhibition open until 31 August 2012.

The event showcased the sculptures and digital animations that were inspired by the Greek pottery held in the museum’s collections.

Display of Greek pottery, courtesy of the Ure Museum
Display of Greek pottery, courtesy of the Ure Museum

The museum houses around 2,000 ancient Greek and Egyptian archaeological finds in a museum at the University of Reading. Although small, the displays of the collections give a fascinating glimpse into ancient life.

Greek pot, courtesy of the Ure Museum
Greek pot, courtesy of the Ure Museum

The young people led the development of the animations and sculpture, giving their perspective on ancient life by interpreting the pottery through their eyes.

Young people handling Greek pottery, courtesy of James Pike
Young people handling Greek pottery, courtesy of James Pike

The storyboards created by the young people were then brought to life by digital animator Steve Simons.

The final three films were projected onto the large-scale Greek pot sculptures that were built and decorated by the young participants.

Sculpture and animation, courtesy of the Ure Museum
Sculpture and animation, courtesy of the Ure Museum

The family activity day was busy and vibrant, attracting new visitors to the museum. Family groups of all ages played ancient board games similar to modern day draughts, decorated mugs and plates in a Greek style and took part in an activity trail. Steve Simons, the project’s animator was on-hand to give a talk about how the animations were created.

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Sonia Rasbery,
World Stories South East Partnership Co-ordinator

2 Responses

  1. […] Ure Discovery expands on the great success we had last year with the Ure View project (http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/stories-of-the-world/2011/11/16/welcome-to-the-ure-view-blog/) which as part of the Cultural Olympiad was also showcased in Arts in Parliament on 24th July 2012 (see http://rpmcollections.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/ure-view-bringing-ancient-greece-to-life/). […]

  2. Reblogged this on It's All Greek and commented:
    Great initiative and project. Well done!!

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