9 October 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: Room E302 - Forgan Smith Building, UQ St Lucia
Cost: $10 per person

From the 18th-19th century, the education of aristocratic young men included a ‘Grand Tour’ of key historical, archaeological, and religious sites of Europe. They were exposed to ancient remains that influenced their thoughts about Ancient Greece and Rome and provided opportunities for obtaining antiquities. Many such items in modern museums were initially collected by such travellers.

Professor Alastair Blanshard will assess the impact and legacy of these tours on modern scholarship and understandings of the ancient world.

The Grand Tour: an institution and its legacy will be preceded by a celebration of the life of Mrs Betty Fletcher and the scholarships in her name. Ms Brianna Sands will give an overview of her experience as a Betty Fletcher scholar.

Meet the Presenters:

Professor Alastair Blanchard

Professor Blanshard, the Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics & Ancient History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, and Director, Western Civilisation, Faculty of HASS. He is a Greek historian with a strong interest in the impact that the ancient world has on the modern.




Brianna Sands

Ms Brianna Sands is an MPhil candidate, Assistant Curator and Museum Engagement Officer, RD Milns Antiquities Museum, and Casual Academic Tutor, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.



The event will be held at The University of Queensland Forgan Smith Building, followed by an afternoon tea.



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