Antiquities

Glass beaker, Roman, late 4th Century AD
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Lancaster University collection includes a number of antiquities, the majority of which are on permanent display in the gallery's John Chambers Ceramics Room. These items were collected by the eminent scientist Professor Irène Manton FRS. The collection includes Roman, Greek and Egyptian vessels in ceramic and glass, and selection of artefacts which relate to Professor Manton's interest in the history of writing.

Examples of items from the collection include a Roman stylus, an Egyptian papyrus fragment from a Book of the Dead, an Ethiopian prayer scroll, a Persian seal stamp in bronze, and an inscribed brick from Babylonia.

John Chambers Ceramics Room

The John Chambers Ceramics Room is currently closed while we work with the Pilkington’s Pottery Society to re-display our Royal Lancastrian Ceramics.

The new displays will give a history of the collection as told through the individual pieces and highlight the many significant and beautiful items we hold. Thank you for your patience while we carry out this work.

Details and re-opening dates will be posted here or you can sign up to our mailing list to receive updates direct to your inbox.

In the meantime, some of our ceramics can be seen as part of the exhibition Nothing Beautiful Unless Useful at Whitechapel Gallery, London until 1st December 2013 and then at Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool from 7 March – 31 May 2014.