Anna Reeve


Alongside my doctoral research I am working across the boundaries of the University and museums, and am part of a steering group exploring the potential for a new national Subject Specialist Network for Classical collections in museums. In 2019 I am taking forward a public engagement project to promote knowledge and enjoyment of ancient Cypriot collections in Leeds with local audiences. I am also working towards Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA). 

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and since 2016 I have been a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in Classics, teaching on modules including Classical Archaeology, Homer's Iliad, Latin Literature: Republic and Empire, Audio-Visual Culture, and Greek Art and Society, for which I designed and delivered an object-handling session using the University's own ancient Cypriot collection. In 2017-18 I curated a temporary display of this collection at the Leeds City Museum, and in 2018 I was awarded funding from the Footsteps Fund to recruit two undergraduate interns and work with them to design and deliver a new display of the collection in the Michael Sadler building.

Research interests

My AHRC-funded doctoral research centres on ancient Cypriot collections in the Yorkshire area, and their reception from the late 19th century onwards. In particular, I am investigating the Leeds City Museum’s ancient Cypriot collection, and the networks of collectors, excavators, antiquarians and curators along which the objects travelled to Leeds. I am interested in the ways in which knowledge about the objects was created and exchanged through these networks. As part of my research, I am producing a catalogue of the Leeds ancient Cypriot collection in the Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology series. 

Selected conference presentations:

5-8 July 2019, FIEC/Classical Association Conference, Panel convenor: 'The multivocality of material culture: ancient spindle whorls in context'

4-5 April 2019, UCL Institute of Archaeology, Cypriot Archaeology, Pre-Modern Material Culture, and Cultural Heritage in the UK: 'The Kent Collection in Harrogate'

17-18 December 2018, National Railway Museum, Mobility of Things: Pasts, Presents and Futures: 'Following the object: movements and meanings of things in ancient museum collections'

6-9 April 2018, Classical Association Conference, Panel convenor: 'Speaking Objects'

21-23 September 2017, University of Graz, Classical Cyprus: 'Following object itineraries: recontextualising ceramics from Classical Cyprus'

21 December 2016, Theoretical Archaeology Group, University of Southampton, 'From Bronze Age Cyprus to the Leeds City Museum: Making sense of an historic collection through object itineraries'

17 September 2016, Women's History Network annual conference, Leeds Trinity University, 'The legacy of Frances Louisa Stott: discovering a forgotten Leeds collector'.


'T.B. Sandwith and the Leeds City Museum's Ancient Cypriot Collection', in Approaching Cyprus, eds. Richard Maguire and Jane Chick (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2016), pp. 277-290.

'Following object itineraries: recontextualising ceramics from Classical Cyprus', in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Classical Cyprus, University of Graz, 21-23 September 2018, eds. Maria Christidis and Gabriele Koiner (forthcoming)

'Re-collecting Cypriot antiquity: the Kent Collection', with Dr Sally Waite, Newcastle University (forthcoming)


  • MA Classical Studies, University of Leeds
  • BA Classics, University of Leeds
  • BA English Language and Literature, Oxford University

Research groups and institutes

  • Classics