Did you know we have some incredible pieces of history right here on campus? The University of Canterbury’s James Logie Memorial Collection features unique artefacts including ancient Greek pottery, an Egyptian piece of Mummy-wrapping linen and a Roman bust.
Some of these pieces are currently on display in the exhibition From Hieroglyphs to Text Messages: A Short History of Writing which is located in the ground floor gallery of the Matariki building.
The exhibition includes samples of Egyptian papyrus, Roman grave inscriptions and early cuneiform tablets. Together these artefacts tell the fascinating story of how different cultures have developed ways to communicate and share ideas through writing.
The exhibition runs until May 22, from 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Why not check it out next time you’re nearby? It’s right opposite Puaka-James Hight.
See it while you can – the James Logie Memorial Collection will soon be held and displayed in the Arts Centre in the CBD. Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr says “it will have an ideal environment for greater collaboration with the Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum, and the Art Gallery, and other key parts of the Christchurch cultural and educational community.” So make sure you view the exhibition while it’s still here!
For more information about the Collection, see the James Logie Memorial Collection website.