James Logie Memorial Collection - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities

Featuring the James Logie Memorial CollectionClassics Day 2018



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We offer special guided visits of the Logie Collection for groups and interested individuals. Tours are open to anyone interested - you do not need to have a background in Classics to enjoy the Collection!




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.

Find more information on the Teece Museum Facebook page.


Greek Pots and Pieces Painting Night

The Teece Museum and UC Classoc present the Greek Pots and Pieces Painting Night - where art and classics collide!

The ancient Greeks sure knew a thing or two about painting vases. Want to try your hand at painting a pot, and be in to win prizes at the same time? Join us for the Greek Pots and Pieces Painting night, be inspired by the amazing ceramics on display in the Teece Museum, and put your creative talents to the test.

You don’t have to be the next Andy Warhol (or Berlin Painter for that matter) to take part – just come ready to give it a go, enjoy light refreshments and good company, and get to take home your very own potted Greek masterpiece.

24 May, 6.30pm
$6 general public, free for current Classoc members. Registrations for this event are now open - register via Eventbrite or find more information on our Facebook page.

The Archaeology of Food: ancient and modern

Explore the archaeology of food from two contrasting perspectives, ancient Rome and 19th century New Zealand.

Alison Griffith (Associate Professor in Classics at the University of Canterbury) is a specialist in Roman urban environments and Roman religion and cults. She will look at the remains of ancient cafes (popinae), bars (tabernae), inns (cauponae), and hotels (hospitia) and talk about their role in feeding the urban populace and providing services in order to answer the question “Has anything really changed?”

Clara Watson is an artefact specialist at Underground Overground Archaeology. She works on cataloguing and researching the many weird and wonderful artefacts left behind by the nineteenth century residents of Christchurch. In her talk Clara will be speaking about some of the nineteenth century pubs and hotels that have been excavated following the Canterbury earthquakes, and what was found during the excavations.

Join us for this free short-format talk, and take advantage of the opportunity to view Fantastic Feasts, the newest exhibition at the Teece Museum. Museum doors will open at 5pm. The talk will begin at 5.45pm.

19 July, 5.45pm
Free entry. Registrations for this event are now open - register via Eventbrite or find more information on our Facebook page.