Greco-Roman Lamps

By
Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres is the Collections Technician of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Her primary duties include the rehousing and photography of the museum’s collection. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where she received her B.A. in Anthropology and Classical Studies in 2013. In 2015, she received her M.A. in Museum Studies with a concentration in Collections Management from the George Washington University.

While the Greco-Roman lamps in our storage were in archival housing, it wasn’t ideal for our collection. The set-up might work for a museum that keeps objects in storage for long periods, but we have found that with a teaching collection, we tend to move individual pieces around for classes or research. Having many lamps in one tray meant we would be either moving lamps that didn’t need to be moved or putting the needed lamp in a temporary tray that did not have ideal support. To solve this, we are moving each lamp to its own box. Shortcuts and museums rarely go together!