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Institute for Cultural Practices

Ifigeneia Anagnostou

Re-reading and re-writing the Greeks: Refurbishments of Greek Collections in the UK University Museums at the dawn of the 21st century

My research explored the University museums as an interface of debates and discussions around the archaeological discipline, the interpretation of archaeological objects, current museum practices and theoretical trends and the wider public. In particular, it focused on the case of classical antiquities in recent and current university museum redevelopments to investigate how classical archaeology has been negotiated in university museum exhibitions.

Short biography 

Prior to joining the University of Manchester, I studied (Greek) Archaeology in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and I completed my MA in Museology at the same University (Greek State Scholarship).  During my postgraduate studies I participated as a research fellow in the research programme Pythagoras II (EU funded). Following this, I was employed for three years as an archaeologist – museologist, organising the permanent exhibition in the Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa, Greece. I have also worked in the organisation and materialisation of several museum exhibitions and educational programmes in Greece and I have a two-year teaching experience, training Museum Guards (courses on Museology, Museum Security and Legislation for the Cultural and Natural Heritage in Greece). As of September 2011 my PhD is funded by the AHRC and the Onassis Foundation.

Conference presentations 

  • “The use of new technologies as museum educational tools in the Archaeological museum of Igoumenitsa”, Greek branch of the International Council of Museums (ICOM – CECA), Athens, Greece, June 2010
  • “Organising the permanent exhibition in the Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa”, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Association of Greek Museologists, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 2010
  • “The Educational Programmes of the 32nd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. The Tree of Life in Four Seasons”, Greek branch  of ICOM – CECA, Athens, Greece, June 2009
  • “Ta en Οiko” (in-house affairs) (poster presentation), European Days of Cultural Heritage 2007, University of Thessaly and the Greek branch of ICOM, Volos, Greece, November 2007

Publications 

  • Guide of the Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa, Thesprotia, Greece (Co-author)
  • Earth, Water, Fire, Educational Programme of the Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa, Thesprotia, Greece. Booklets for pupils and teachers.
  • A Day in Ancient Gitani, Educational Programme of the Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa, Thesprotia, Greece. Booklets for pupils and teachers.
  • Discovering the Museum, Educational programme of the Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa, Thesprotia, Greece. Booklets for pupils and teachers.
  • With the weft and the warp,Educational Programme of the Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa, Thesprotia, Greece. Booklets for pupils and teachers. 

Contact details

Email: ifigeneia.anagnostou@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk