1400 alumni head to exclusive Pompeii event - Lecture audio now online!
AROUND 1400 alumni and guests were given a free, private viewing of ancient relics from the lost city of Pompeii at two special alumni events at the Melbourne Museum.
The Melbourne Museum opened its doors exclusively to alumni on 30 September and 7 October, giving them the chance to view the remarkable A Day in Pompeii exhibition. Pompeii experts Peter Mountford (GDipEd 1977, MA 2006) and Professor Frank Sear provided further insight and background to the ancient city and its tragic end at special lectures on both evenings.
If you did not get the chance to attend these events, you can now listen to Mr Mountford's lecture online, and view the accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
The collaboration between The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria is not a new one. In the mid 1850’s the University and the Museum were founded within a year of each other and in 1856 the museum was moved from its original home in La Trobe Street to the University of Melbourne in Parkville, where it remained for the next forty years. This decision to move was made by the first Director of the new Museum and one of the four inaugural Professors of the University of Melbourne, Professor Frederick McCoy.
McCoy was interested in a world-class museum and it was around this time Pompeii was becoming a magnet for wealthy tourists. He too shared the world’s fascination with the gradual unfolding of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and acquired some geological samples from each of the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius. Amazingly University of Melbourne alumni could see these same specimens McCoy purchased as they were included in the exhibition A Day in Pompeii.
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