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Body armour cast in the form of a man’s torso with eyelets for threading on both sides. - click to view larger image
Cuirass (body armour)

With our international borders closed, many Australians are itching to travel overseas again – to visit family and friends, tick locations off bucket lists and experience new cultures.

While international travel is likely still some time away, the Museum’s upcoming blockbuster exhibition brings one of the world’s most enduring and influential cultures right here to Canberra.

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes from the British Museum opens on 17 December and will feature over 170 objects that date back as far as the 8th Century BCE, including sculpture, jewellery, armour and pottery.

In the lead up to this major exhibition the Museum is inviting donors to be part of our Ancient Greeks Ambassadors program where they can work alongside us to ensure as many Australians as possible engage with the exhibition and explore how the ancient civilisation’s quest for excellence still resonates today.

Donations to the program will enable the Museum to engage with schools across the ACT and NSW regions, bringing children and their teachers to the Museum to experience this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Donations will also allow our education and curatorial teams to create programming, outreach and public events for a broad audience.

Ambassadors can join one of six tiers of giving – Achilles, Apollo, Artemis, Athena, Aphrodite and Zeus – and all donations are fully tax-deductible. Our Ambassadors will be acknowledged in a range of ways, including on our website and in the Museum’s annual report.

Greek art and culture have endured through the centuries, in public buildings that still use classical architecture, in sporting competitions like the Tokyo Olympic Games this year and even in modern language. While it might be a while before you can visit Athens again, you can experience the wonder of Greek culture in Canberra this December – join us and become an Ancient Greeks Ambassador.

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