CAHA teaching collections

The Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology has access to three specialist teaching collections that are used regularly for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the department.

Object handling sessionBelow you can find out more information about each collection, and how they are used in teaching and research.

Archaeology collection

Item from the CAHA archaeology collection

The Archaeology Collection holds over 2000 objects from European, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian cultures. The collection offers students an important opportunity to engage with and learn from the material culture of the ancient world in seminars and through volunteering with the collection. 

The Eton Myers Collection of Egyptian Antiquities

Item from the Eton Myers collectionSince 2011, the Eton Myers collection has been on loan to the University of Birmingham. With a range of over 500 ancient Egyptian objects such as shabti figures, amulets and pottery spanning thousands of years of Egyptian history from the Palaeolithic to the Graeco-Roman period, the collection has been used for teaching with the College of Arts and Law and for research purposes, resulting in several talks and exhibitions, including the most recent virtual museum display 'Objects come to Life'. Access to the collection for tours, object handling sessions and voluntary student projects will be available throughout the academic term and advertised through social media, the College of Arts and Law, and the Birmingham Egyptology webpage. Also follow us on Twitter @EtonMyersUoB for updates. 

Environmental Archaeology collection

The Environmental Archaeology collection

CAHA holds a number of collections of Environmental Archaeological material. This includes both the Gorham and Girling collections of British Coleoptera (beetles), The Historic England / CAHA bone collection bones consisting of around 500 mammals and bird skeletons and a moderately sized archeobotany plant collection. These collections are used as reference for a range of archaeological research and commercial projects, to teach students and as a resource for the public. 


The Archaeology and Eton Myers collections are cared for by the Research and Cultural Collections department who have a volunteer programme that give students the opportunity to work with CAHA’s collection while gaining invaluable curatorial and heritage management experience.

CAHA’s Archaeology collection is also available for Outreach activities with the Birmingham and Midlands Schools’ Classics Hub