Posted: 10 November 2014
Every Soldier has a Story is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project led by Roehampton’s research fellow and visiting lecturer Dr Sonya Nevin. It encourages people to think about warfare in the ancient world and the lives of individual soldiers. It is centred on the Ure Museum in Reading, home to the famous lekanis vase which depicts Hoplite soldiers fighting and was made in 550BC.
Gabrielle’s involvement began when she secured an internship at the Ure Museum in Reading as part of her second year Work Placement module, which is available to all Classics and History undergraduate students at Roehampton.
During her internship, Gabrielle’s main role was to manage the museum’s database, by logging in artefacts. After impressing museum staff with her work, she was asked to curate a display as part of an exhibition examining the nature of ancient warfare and the uniqueness of every soldier. The display formed part of the official launch of the classical civilisation outreach project, Every Soldier has a Story.
Gabrielle selected historical objects and written descriptions to go alongside the main artefact, the lekanis vase from the Greek island of Euboea, made c.550 BC, which has decorative features including Hoplite soldiers fighting and athletes training.
Gabrielle said: “The process of putting together the display was wonderful and it was great to have been given this responsibility. I really enjoyed every moment of it and I would definitely recommend this experience to other students. I would like to have a career in museum work, most likely curatorship, and my time at the Ure Museum will really help me in my future career.”
Attendees at the launch, which took place at the museum on October 17, also saw the first public showing of a new animation, Hoplites! Greeks at War, featuring the lekanis, which was made as part of Dr Nevin’s vase animation project, Panoply'. The vase animation can be viewed at www.panoply.org.uk.
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