James Logie Memorial Collection - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities

Featuring the James Logie Memorial Collection

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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New Exhibition Open

The Teece Museum will be open again this Saturdary 5th May with the new exhibition 'Beyond the Grave: Death in ancient times.'

Despite the distance of time, it is possible to catch a glimpse of what death meant for ordinary Greeks and Romans through the artefacts they left behind. ‘Beyond the Grave’ includes poignant inscriptions on tombstones, dramatic scenes in plays, carefully sculpted memorials, and detailed images of funeral rites painted on vases. All these point to the fact that in ancient times, as now, how we approach the subject of death can reveal a great deal about what each of our cultures values most about life.

When: Opens 5 May 2018, open to the public Wednesdays through to Sundays, 11am-3pm
Where: Level 1, UC Arts Location, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street, Christchurch.
The Teece Museum is also available by appointment Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am-3pm, for school and group visits.



Free public event 

Discover the maths behind craft and the craft behind maths at the Christchurch Maths Craft Day on Sunday July 1, 2018. Featuring a collection of craft creation stations as well as public talks by mathematicians and crafters, the day-long celebration of maths promises to engage people of all ages.

  • Knit a mathematical knot, crochet a Möbius strip, fold an origami octahedron, draw an impossible triangle, and listen to guest speakers talk about the fascinating relationships between maths and craft.
  • Explore the Teece Museum at the Arts Centre and discover the ancient relationship between mathematics, art, and craftsmanship.

Open to everyone: experts and amateurs, maths-fans and maths-phobes, the crafty and the curious. No booking is required. Entry to the event is free.

When: Sunday 1 July, from 10am-5pm
Where: Arts Centre Great Hall and Teece Museum, UC Arts - city Location, 3 Hereford St, Christchurch
Find out more at www.facebook.com/teecemuseum/ or see the Maths Craft programme




Free public talk 

The urban environment of ancient Rome included narrow streets, high-rise apartment buildings, crowds, noise, bars and shops. Difficult to navigate during the day, so when the sun went down, how did the scene change at night? Was there a way to light the streets of ancient Rome to help facilitate nighttime activity? 

Dr. Gary Morrison, UC Classics Department, will explore these aspects of nocturnal Rome. Come listen to this free short-format public talk, and enjoy a visit to the Teece Museum, which will be open late as part of the Arts Centre Matariki Market celebrations. 

When: Friday 6 July, from 6.00pm
Where: UC Arts - city Location, 3 Hereford St, Christchurch
Find out more at www.facebook.com/teecemuseum/



Kidsfest 2018 event at the Teece Museum

Discover the ancient artefacts of our world at the University of Canterbury's Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities, be inspired, and create an artwork of your own! The event will begin with an exploration of artefacts owned and used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, hosted by the Curators of the Museum. Children will then have the opportunity to try painting their own masterpiece on a pot to take home.

These two workshops are for children aged 8 - 13 and their caregivers. You can choose to attend either the Monday or Tuesday session. Children with mobility or medical assistance must be accompanied by a caregiver. Caregivers are welcome to accompany registered children for free. Space is limited so please register via the UC Events calendar.

The Teece Museum is hosting this KidsFest event as a part of the UC Foundation education outreach program. For the full Kidsfest 2018 programme see www.kidsfest.co.nz

When: Session one - Monday 9 July 1pm-3pm, Session Two - Tuesday 10 July 1pm-3pm
Where: UC Arts - city Location, 3 Hereford St, Christchurch
Cost: $5 per child, caregivers free