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Department of Greece and Rome

Contact details

Phone: +44 (0)20 7323 8321

Department of Greece and Rome
The British Museum
Great Russell Street

The Department of Greece and Rome has one of the largest and most representative collections of ancient Mediterranean artefacts in the world.

It shines a light on the history and culture of the ancient Mediterranean world between around 5000 BC and the end of the Western Roman Empire in the fourth century AD.

The department's growth and development reflect the changing interests and emphasis of archaeological research in the region over the centuries.

More than 100,000 objects illuminate the central importance of the Mediterranean Sea, which has connected peoples and cultures over thousands of years.

Accessing the collection

Object identification


  • Tom Harrison – Keeper of Greece and Rome
  • Thomas Kiely – Curator, Cypriot collections; Aegean Bronze Age
  • Aurélia Masson-Berghoff – Curator, Greek and Roman jewellery; Egypt and the Mediterranean world
  • Kate Morton – Illustrator 
  • Thorsten Opper – Curator, Greek and Roman sculpture
  • Alexandra Villing – Curator, Greek collections
  • Claudia Wagner – Senior Research Associate, Gems

The work of the department is supported by a team of Collection Managers and administrative staff.


Curators and other staff in the Department of Greece and Rome engage in research, studying, cataloguing and exhibiting the Museum's collection.

The Greece and Rome collection is set in context through archaeological fieldwork, and historical research in archives and historical publications. Curators also digitise the collections, so that external scholars and the general public can study them.

The British Museum makes a substantial contribution to excavation and fieldwork throughout the world through its own projects or through collaboration with those of other institutions, especially in source countries.

Staff in the department are currently engaged in archaeological excavations in Egypt and Italy as well as collaborative research projects in a number of countries, including Cyprus and Turkey.

In addition, several post-graduate students are working on PhDs on a range of subjects related to the Museum's collections in collaboration with universities in the UK as part of the Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) scheme.

See below for information about current projects being undertaken by staff in the Department of Greece and Rome.

Research projects

Recovery of missing items

On 16 August 2023, the Museum announced that a number of items of jewellery from the collection had been found to be stolen, missing or damaged, and that this was the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service.

The Museum also spoke of its determination to recover the items. Find out more about the details of the losses, what we are doing to recover the items and what you can do to help.