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Stories from the Archive

Stories from the Archive

6 July 2021

Online exhibition

Stories from the Archive, a new online exhibition which aims to understand the Greek collection in Newcastle Upon Tyne's Great North Museum, is now live. The exhibition explores the papers of Brian B. Shefton, a mid-twentieth century classical archaeologist and focuses on six key artefacts to 'demonstrate the changing attitudes to the collecting and displaying of ancient Greek art and archaeology'. Each artefact is showcased as it's own case study, with users able to click through each one to find out more information.

The artefacts are taken from the Greek and Etruscan collection in the Great North Museum and belong to Newcastle University. Collected entirely by Shefton, the archival collection also tells his life story from 'early experiences fleeing Nazi Germany to the discoveries he made as a scholar' and contextualises the collection. Information about the wider archival collection is also included.

The online exhibition is a collaboration between Newcastle University and the Great North Museum and is part of a larger project researching the Shefton Archive and its relationship to the Shefton Collection. Contributors to the exhibition and website include Dr Sally Waite, visiting researcher Abigail Baker and PhD student Daisy Alys-Vaughan and from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and Andrew Parkin from the Great North Museum. 

The online exhibition was produced with funds from the Newcastle University Faculty Impact Fund and images of the archive were kindly shared with permission of Penny Shefton.