The Friends of Antiquity is a special interest group of Alumni Friends which operates in support and with the imprimatur of UQ’s Classics and Ancient History team, and of the R. D. Milns Antiquities Museum (the University Antiquities Museum). Since its inception in 1963, the R. D. Milns Antiquities Museum has benefitted greatly from the generosity of Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland and of Friends of Antiquity. The Museum supports and promotes the study of the Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern civilisations through their material remains. It offers a wide range of programs for primary and secondary schools, university courses and the general public, drawing from a collection of over 7000 original objects.

Friends of Antiquity aims:

  • to provide an informal social environment in which all lovers of history, art and literature of the ancient world can gather to share their enjoyment of antiquity with like-minded enthusiasts;
  • to raise funds for the continuing award of The Betty Fletcher Memorial Travelling Scholarship;
  • to assist the Division of Classics & Ancient History in maintaining its high profile, both outside and within the University, in the form of public lectures, seminars, courses and exhibitions to support it in the purchase and researching of acquisitions for public display in the R. D. Milns Antiquities Museum.

New members from all walks of life, from within and outside The University of Queensland community, are welcome to join  and take part in the many public lectures, presentations, exhibitions, courses and social functions held throughout the year. Just download and complete the 2018-2019 FOA application form, contact Alumni House on 07 3365 1562 (during business hours), or email for more information.

For more information, including details of the Sunday Series, Ancient History Day, and activities organised by the Friends of Antiquity, click here.