Get a behind-the-scenes peek in the museum at Coffee and Classics, a regular morning tea for members of our Friends’ Society, PhiloLogie and UC Classoc. Each session includes at short talk about an object or two from the collection, and the chance to enjoy a spot of coffee and cake together.

Please note – the August session of Coffee and Classics has been POSTPONED while Aotearoa New Zealand remains at Alert Level 4. When we are able to identify a useful alternative date, we will update this listing. 

Next session: Tuesday 24 August 2021, 10.00am. The August session will focus on ‘Classical stringed instruments depicted in the Collection’ with guest speaker Professor Jonathan Le Cocq.

Jonathan Le Cocq is Professor of Music at UC, and has recently stepped back into his academic role after eight years of senior management as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Arts.  It was during these years that we made the move here to the Arts Centre, and opened the Teece Museum as a permanent home for the Logie collection.  Jonathan’s research is amongst other things in early music, especially French music of the 16th and 17th centuries, and he plays stringed instruments from the period, such as lute and theorbo.   One of his publications takes for its title a quote from the 16th-century poet Pierre de Ronsard: ‘Qu’on te prenne beau luth pour la lyre d’Orphée’ [Let us make of you, beautiful lute, Orpheus’ lyre], charting the substitution of the lute for the lyre in French humanist thought and poetry.  He will talk about the lyre as we see it preserved in images on three artefacts in the Museum.

This is an invitation only event for members. To attend, please RSVP to