Craig Barker

Manager, Education and Public Programs
PhD Syd BA Hons
Nicholson Museum A14
9036 5409

Craig Barker is Manager of Education and Public Programs at Sydney University Museums. He has a PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Sydney and has considerable archaeological fieldwork experience in Australia, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. He is to co-director of the University of Sydney excavations of the ancient theatre of Nea Paphos. He is manager of education programs for the Nicholson and Macleay Museums and the University Art Gallery and has extensive experience in K-12 and adult museum education, and has published and presented on museum education in teacher and academic conferences and publications.

Research Interests

  • Museum Education
  • The archaeology of ancient Cyprus
  • Kinesthetic teaching
  • Heritage touring
  • History and development of archaeology
  • Ancient theatre architecture

Selected Publications

Aphrodite’s Island: Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus (Nicholson Museum: Sydney) 2012

Fabrika: an ancient theatre of Nea Paphos (Moufflon Publishing: Nicosia) 2004 (Greek language edition 2011) (with J.R. Green & R.S. Gabrieli)

“Amphora stamps”, in: R.S. Bagnall, et al. (eds), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Blackwell Publishing: 2012) 381-2

“Experiencing Archaeology: The Paphos Theatre Excavation Blog”, Teaching History: Journal of the History Teachers Association of NSW 44.3, 2011, 32-35


Aphrodite’s Island: Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus (Nicholson Museum, opened 29 November 2012)