James Logie Memorial Collection - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities

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Come and explore the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities, where you can see more than two and a half thousand years of human history through the amazing Logie Collection of artefacts from Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern cultures. The Logie Collection is one the University of Canterbury's great treasures, and contains some of the finest classical antiquities in New Zealand.

The Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities is open on Level 1 of the UC Arts City Location (the old Chemistry Building) at 3 Hereford Street, in the historic Christchurch Arts Centre.

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Poetry was an extremely important part of the cultural life of the ancient Greeks and Romans. They used poetry to remember their history, share their myths, and debate what they believed in.

The Teece Museum invites young writers to take part in our biennial poetry competition. We are looking for creative and interesting poems written in response to our current exhibition Fantastic Feasts, or in response to an object from our collection.

Poems will be accepted by authors in two age groups: age 11-14, and age 15-18 years. There will be prizes for the best entries in each age group, and the winning poems will be published on the Teece Museum website.

Guest judges for 2019 are poet Dr Lynley Edmeades, University of Otago Department of English, Professor Paul Millar, University of Canterbury Department of English, and Dr Patrick O’Sullivan, University of Canterbury Department of Classics.

How to enter: Entries open 12 August and close 27 September 2019. Downlaod the entry form (PDF, 119 KB) here or email the Curator for more information. Winners will be announced 14 October 2019.

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Food is an integral part of the way in which we express our cultural values and beliefs. Alongside language, almost nothing says 'This is who we are' quite like our festive dishes and food traditions. A consideration of the foods and the traditions we have inherited from the ancient Greeks and Romans is at the heart of the next exhibition at the Teece Museum.

Through an array of precious artefacts this exhibition will explore eating in the ancient world, examining what the Greeks and Romans ate, how they produced and distributed food, the feasting and dining traditions they developed to bring their communities together, and the connections they believed existed between their food sources and the gods.

When: Open 6 April 2019 to 23 February 2020
Where: Teece Museum, UC Arts city location, 3 Hereford Street.

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A unique bronze spoon and patera from the early period of the Roman Empire have been gifted to the University of Canterbury. The spoon was donated by the PhiloLogie Society at UC and the patera was donated by Doug and Anemarie Gold of Wellington.

With almost no other comparative examples in other museums around Aotearoa New Zealand, the pieces will serve as an inimitable addition to the Teece Museum’s upcoming exhibition focused on food and feasting in the ancient world, ‘Fantastic Feasts’.

Read more details on this exciting new donation.