Antiquities staff

Postal address:

World Museum
William Brown Street
L3 8EN




Ashley Cooke PhD

Senior Curator of Antiquities

I manage the antiquities department and curate Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern antiquities. I joined the museum in 2006 and created the Ancient Egypt permanent gallery, which opened at the end of 2008. My current work involves improving the documentation and publication of the Egyptology collection of over 16,000 items with the ultimate aim of producing a complete online catalogue.

I've worked in Egypt with Liverpool University on several fieldwork research projects since 1997. My areas of interest include tomb architecture of the Old Kingdom (2686-2181 BC) and studying how the form of tombs is an expression of the funerary practices and beliefs for the time. I'm preparing a study for publication that considers the components of tomb design that made an ideal burial and how tombs were used.

Barbara Rowan

Assistant Curator of Antiquities

My role involves curating armour, firearms and crossbows and managing documentation work within the department. This includes the organisation of collections within our galleries and storerooms.

I joined the antiquities department in 2011 after working for over 20 years within National Museums Liverpool. I've worked on several Capital Projects including the Ancient Egypt gallery (opened 2008) and the Museum of Liverpool (opened 2010). Over the next 10 years it is the department's aim is to fully refurbish all of our galleries, dramatically increasing the amount of material we have on display and to make all of our collections available online. I will be supporting this strategic development of the antiquities department.

Chrissy Partheni, PhD

Curator of Classical Antiquities

I am responsible for curating Greek, Roman, European and British antiquities. I joined National Museums Liverpool in 1999 and I worked in planning public events at both the Walker Art Gallery and the World Museum interpreting collections and temporary exhibitions. I was appointed as the Head of Museum Partnerships in 2004 and supported collaborations across the sector. 

I trained in the History and Archaeology School of the Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki in Greece and worked in excavations at the Hellenistic archaeological site of Pella, in Macedonia, Greece and the Byzantine site of Agios Georgios of Paphos in Cyprus. I am interested in the interpretation of the Mediterranean as the place of constant interaction of different cultures during ancient times. I am also keen to promote understanding of important pottery painters from our collections and I am currently working to digitise our Cypriot collections.