What would you give for a peek at the storerooms of the world’s museums? To glimpse the unseen and the untold? Now answer this again - only this time, imagine it's the museum that holds the world’s biggest collection of Greek antiquities, the National Archaeological Museum!
For some context, the Unseen Museum initiative is that lovely time of the year where this cultural landmark pulls remarkable finds from its vast repository and presents them to the public over two months each time. This year’s event is dedicated to the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922 marking 100 years since. “A marble head of a child retrieved from the ashes of Smyrna” is the name of the third exhibition and it’s quite self-explanatory. The head was rescued from the Museum of the Evangelical School of Smyrna which was destroyed in September 1922 during the Great Fire of Smyrna. Found by a British diplomat among the ashes, it was then donated to the NAM. The letters that tell the whole story can be found at the exhibition, so make sure to check them out.