Michael Turner

Senior Curator, Nicholson Museum
BA (Hons) Syd
The Nicholson Museum, A14
9036 6485

  • Graduated in Classical Archaeology (with University Medal) 1999
  • Appointed Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum 2005
  • Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries London 2009

Research Interests

  • The history of museum collections and collectors (especially William Hamilton and Thomas Hope)
  • The iconography and iconology of Ancient Greece, South Italy and Etruria 500-300 BC
  • Naples in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries
  • Historic photography

Publications (books)

M. Turner, 50 Objects 50 Stories: Extraordinary Curiosities from the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney (Sydney 2012)

M. Turner, Exposed: Photography & the Classical Nude (Sydney 2011)

J. Philp, A. Stevens, M. Turner, Into the Light: 150 Years of Cultural Treasures at the University of Sydney (Melbourne 2010)

A. Cambitoglou & M. Turner, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Nicholson Museum 1. The Red Figured Pottery of Apulia (Sydney 2008)

M. Turner (ed.), Faces of Power: Imperial Portraiture on Roman Coinage (Sydney 2007)

+ numerous journal and magazine articles; TV and radio

Exhibitions curated

2013: The Lego Acropolis
2012: The Lego Colosseum
2012: 50 Objects 50 Stories: Extraordinary Curiosities from the Nicholson Museum
2011: The Etruscans
2011: Exposed: Art & the Naked Body (University Art Gallery)
2011: Exposed: Photography & the Classical Nude
2010: Classical Fantasies #2: the Age of Beauty
2009: Egyptians, Gods & Mummies: Travels with Herodotus
2008: Nicholson: Man & Museum
2008: Classical Fantasies #1: the Art of South Italy
2008: Sigmund Freud’s Collection: An Archaeology of the Mind
2007: The Acropolis Restoration Project & the new Acropolis Museum
2007: Faces of Power: Imperial Portraiture on Roman Coins
2006: Lebanon: From Baalbek to Beirut
2006: Unearthed Tales #2: A Fascination with Death
2004: Unearthed Tales #1: Treasures of the Nicholson Museum
2004: Troy: Age of Heroes