Friends of the ANU Classics Museum

Friends of the ANU Classics Museum - overview

Established in 1985, the Friends of the ANU Classics Museum aim to promote the interests of the Museum and encourage interest in antiquity in the wider community. The Friends organise public lectures on the culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and its manifestations in our own world, and they host an annual dinner and organize ‘Happy Hours’ in the Classics Museum collection. They raise funds to purchase items for the collection and to support activities in the Classics Museum.

A round up of the activities of the Friends during 2021 is contained in the Report of the President, Ros Jackson, to the Annual General Meeting held on 23 February 2022 (see below).

The Classics Museum offers regular guided tours of the collection on the second Friday of each month at 12.30. For more information, see Tours.

The Committee of the Museum has several fund-raising merchandise items available for purchase that illustrate objects from the collection. Do check these out. They currently include an attractive tote-bag featuring on one side the Museum’s distinctive owl image. There are also greeting cards with five different designs in packs costing $10, or 2 packs for $15. These and other items can be purchased by either cash or card from the merchandise stand that operates at all our events.

The Friends operate as a group under a written constitution (see below) which sets out the formal objectives of the group and rules regarding: management of funds, the operation of the Committee of the Friends, and other procedural matters concerning the group.

How to become a Friend

Simply complete the form (see link below) and forward it to the Treasurer at the address on the form, or just send your email address to

The form can also be used to make a donation to the FCM. These are always welcome, as they represent the largest part of our income. As almost all the money donated is used to acquire new items for the Museum, Friends are invited to contribute and to decide the amount they wish to give. Friends are also encouraged to sign up to receive email advice of forthcoming events. You can donate using the form below.

Please send the donation forms to:

The Treasurer
Friends of the ANU Classics Museum
Centre for Classical Studies
School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
A D Hope Building 14
ANU Acton Canberra 2601

In Memory of Jill Greenwell

Jill Greenwell, a staunch supporter and great friend of the ANU Classics Museum for over twenty years, passed away on 30th December 2014 after a long illness. Friends will recall that Jill’s great dedication and contributions to the Museum were honoured at our Afternoon of Travellers’ Tales  in November 2016. We will remember Jill for her excellent work on the Committee of the Friends of the Classics Museum and also for her efforts over five years in setting up and participating in the volunteer Guides program which has brought hundreds of visitors into the museum. All who knew Jill admired her enthusiasm, her dedication and ultimately her immense courage.

To date, over $10,000 has been donated to the Fund, and the money raised used to acquire a selection of coins for the Museum's collection.

>> More information about Jill's work with FCM, or about making a donation in her memory (see attachments).

Committee of the Friends of the ANU Classics Museum

President: Ros Jackson
Secretary: Paul Paget
Treasurer: Neville Potter
Committee members: Helan Beard, Philip Finley, Margo Geering, Robyn Holt, Elizabeth Minchin, Georgia Pike-Rowney (Curator), Hugh Preston

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