Between 2001-2002, the Museum conducted a collections audit of the
Ancient Cyprus collections and created an electronic database of the
material, including digital images. The purpose of the project was twofold:
to improve the care and management of the collections, and to increase
public access to the material. The project was funded by
Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
(MLA) , and was part of a broader two-year documentation
project carried out by all five curatorial departments of the Ashmolean.
Projects cannot be completed by money alone, and the success of this
undertaking is the direct result of a great deal of hard work by many
- Jonathan Moffett,
ITC Manager for the Museum, directed the Museum-wide project.
- Julia Allen,
Personnel Officer for the Museum, administered the Museum-wide project.
- Alison Roberts,
Collections Manger for the Department of Antiquities, managed the
Ancient Cyprus documentation project.
- Rachel Mellor,
DCF Museum Assistant for the Department of Antiquities, did most of
the work for the project including conducting the collections audit,
repacking the collections, entering accessions information onto the
documentation database, and supervising volunteers. She also authored
the 'Female Figurines' web tour.
- Julie Clements,
Photographic Officer and Assistant Secretary for the Department of
Antiquities, completed the initial gallery list and provided a wealth
of practical information ranging from the historic documentation of
the collections to the vagaries of the display case locks.
- Nancy O'Brien-Stuart,
Digital Photographer, was responsible for taking images of all the
key items in the collection. Her patience and skill is attested by
the images of Cypriot objects that you see on these web pages and
in the Object Seeker.
- Susan Sherratt,
Arthur Evans Archivist for the Ashmolean Museum, wrote the 'Prehistoric
Terracottas' web tour, and provided advice on both prehistoric Cyprus
and the collectors of the material held by the Ashmolean.
- Susanne Bangert
wrote the 'Mass-market tableware', 'Intriguing Vessels', 'Cypriot
Jewellery!' and 'Sgraffito ware' web-tours, and provided advice and
practical assistance regarding the Roman and Byzantine collections.
She also redisplayed the jewellery in the Myres Gallery in the pre-2009 redevelopment.
- Markus Pavlovic,
an intern from the University of Cologne in Germany, assisted with
every aspect of the project during the autumn of 2002. Most significantly,
he assessed, archived and catalogued the excavation diaries and site
photographs of the archaeologist J Arthur R Munro who worked in Cyprus,
Montenegro, Albania and Asia Minor during the late 19th century. Markus's
work showed that the value of the archive was far beyond the scope
of the present project, and it is awaiting more detailed research.
Phillips, an intern
from the Oxford Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Archaeology course,
conducted the final collections audit of the material on display in
the Ancient Cyprus Gallery in Spring 2003. She also wrote the 'Cypriot
Copper' web tour.
- We are also grateful for the invaluable assistance
of several other people without whose efforts this project would not
have been completed. In alphabetic order, we would like to thank Eleanor
Bell, Sarah Bell, Rachel Boak, Tom Hardwick, Matthew Mellor, and Cath Price.
- Elise and Helene
Bangert (right) advised
us on making the collections accessible and interesting for younger
We would also like to thank
all of our colleagues who have put up with the disruption which the
project caused, answered numerous questions, and provided advice on
specific aspects of the collections. Special thanks are due to the following
individuals Michael Vickers
(Hellenistic and Classical archaeology); Helen
Whitehouse (Egyptian archaeology), Arthur
MacGregor (Medieval archaeology), and Henry
Department of Conservation is to be congratulated
for their forbearance and good humour in the face of the string of unexpected
problems that the detailed examination of the reserve collections revealed
during the course of the project.
Last, but by no means least,
Roger Moorey, former
Keeper of the Department of Antiquities and curator with responsibility
for the Ancient Near East and Ancient Cypriot collections, provided
constant academic and moral support throughout. It was the sad prospect
of his retirement in September 2002 that provided the necessity for