Journal Article

The Antiquities Department takes shape

C. L. Cooper

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 24, issue 3, pages 347-367
Published in print November 2012 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online January 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhr036
The Antiquities Department takes shape

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The first half of the twentieth century saw vast changes in the running of the Fitzwilliam Museum, particularly in terms of the growing professionalization and specialization of the whole institution. This paper draws on largely unpublished sources to trace the development of the Greek and Roman department and the way in which the Museum acquired and curated antiquities. It begins by setting the scene with an overview of the Museum from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century, before focusing specifically on the vicissitudes of the Greek and Roman collection. The whole paper is loosely framed around the tenure of Winifred Lamb, second Honorary Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities, who joined the Museum a decade after the post of Honorary Keeper was established, and left only when the first salaried Senior Assistant Keeper of the Antiquities department – Richard Nicholls – was appointed in 1958.

Journal Article.  12433 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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