On 27 July the Classics Museum celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a dinner at Teatro Vivaldi Restaurant. Over 80 people attended the dinner, including members of the Friends of the Classics Museum, Classics staff, and the Ambassador of Italy.
The Classics Museum was established in 1962 by Professor Richard Johnson, Professor of Classics at ANU. Amongst its first acquisitions were an Attic wine bowl, a gold lion's head earring, and some coins. Since then, the Museum has built its collection with support from the University, University House, the Australian National Gallery, the Parliament House Art Collection, and, since its inception in 1985, the Friends of the Classics Museum.
A magnificent cake was prepared by FCM Committee Member Felicity Fullagar, which was admired and then enjoyed by those at the Classics Museum’s 50th Anniversary Dinner. The owl, the Friends' logo, is taken from a cup in the Museum's collection.