Ancient Studies majors gain hands-on experience in Museum Studies by working with artifacts in the Ancient Studies artifact collection and archival photographs in the Special Collections of the Kuhn Library. Through their research, students create museum exhibits on campus. They participate in internships on and off campus.
Students in this museum studies class, taught by Esther Read, gain hands-on experience working with donated artifacts. The artifacts, donated by Marie Spiro, are 5th-6th century AD mosaics from Caesarea Maritima, Israel. Students worked together to apply archival polymer coats and labels in order to catalogue the pieces. On April 25, Marie Spiro visited the class to answer students' questions about the artifacts and the experience of finding them. Images can be found at:
“I couldn't imagine a greater environment in which to pursue my interest in ancient history and museum work than UMBC! The potential for growth and achievement intellectually and culturally was without limits.”
“In one of my favorite museum studies courses our class produced an exhibit at the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery featuring historic travel photographs. We researched the collection, created an exhibit design and script, and installed the artwork. It was through this class that I gained an understanding of how to connect academic research and museum exhibitions.”
“Outside of class, Ancient Studies felt like a lifestyle; not a major. The department sponsored amazing field trips, including tours of the Egyptian Galleries at the Walters Art Museum, led by museum curators. During Ancient Studies sponsored lecture series we were able to engage with leading scholars about not only their work, but ours too!”
“The Ancient Studies faculty offered a constant flow of opportunities and resources, which was instrumental in my starting a career in museums.”
Morgan Little is now employed as the Assistant Registrar at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.