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The 1st Reference Collection @ the Lyceum

Image of aristotle

Aristotle created a Natural History Collection at his school at the temple of the Lycian Apollo. The Lyceum was one of the early uses of a reference collection for scholarly research.

At the Pinakothekai on the Acropolis were displays of Old Masters, conserved in special frames.

Ptolomy Sotor created a Museum in the Alexandrian Library and Botanical and Zoological Gardens




Greek Stamp depicting Aristotle

A reference collection is on of the central ideas of a Museum collection - it allows a typology of objects to be created which can help in identification and dating. This is one of the reasons why museums keep large numbers of objects in Museum stores where it difficult to arrange public viewing. In recent years some museums have been making their stores easier for the public to visit.

Lecture by Kevin Flude - prepared for 'Creative Practice in Narrative Environments'

MA course at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design & developed for University College Worcester

Last updated 28 February 2008

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