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Locus Ludi: Anyone can play!

The Ure Museum and Classics Department are delighted to announce the launch of its latest major exhibition — Locus Ludi: Anyone can play!—on display at the Ure Museum from 6 September until 30 November, 2023. This exhibition, inspired by the European Research Council funded project Locus Ludi: The Cultural Fabric of Play and Games in Classical Antiquity, led by Professor Véronique Dasen, is an opportunity to explore the rich collections relating to games and play in antiquity that are available not only at the Ure Museum but at other UK museums. We are most grateful to Colchester and Ipswich MuseumsReading Museum, The British Museum and the University of Reading’s Special Collections for the loan of important artefacts from their collections.

Related activities include:

  • 16 September, 10am–4pm: Unwrap ancient games for Heritage Open Days (fun for the whole family; all welcome but please follow the first link to book)
  • 30 September, 12–2pm: Summer Olympots to celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day (bring the children but again, please book via the first link)
  • 6 October, 5pm: More than just fun and games: Why study board games in Roman society? A lecture from Dr Tim Penn (Oxford). Edith Morley G44
  • 16 October, 5pm: Play or cheat? Games in Greek and Roman antiquity. The James E. Gordon Lecture, from Prof. Véronique Dasen (Fribourg). Edith Morley G44

Find the full programme of activities on the Classics at Reading blog.


Department of Classics
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Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
Department Of Classics, Whiteknights
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AA United Kingdom
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