Veni, vidi, ludique

​Véronique Dasen, professor for classical archaeology and history of art at the University of Fribourg:

"Long neglected, the study of toys and games, a valuable part of our cultural heritage, offers a wealth of information on ancient and modern societies. The project has been developed for an audience that may not be used to visiting museums or reading the results of scientific research."

The exhibition of the project Veni, vidi, ludique was developed by Véronique Dasen, professor for classical archaeology and history of art at the University of Fribourg and PD Dr Ulrich Schädler, director of the Swiss Museum of Games. In three parts, it presents research results about games and toys for all periods of antiquity at the Roman Museum in Nyon, the Swiss Museum of Games and the Roman Museum of Vallon. The three museums in the French-speaking part of Switzerland are to host the exhibition, each time with a different focus, between 2014 and 2016.

The exhibition is based on interactive learning and hopes to transform the museums into live laboratories with visitors of all ages. They can take guided scientific tours, try out games, follow a discovery trail for smartphones or take part in thematic workshops or a series of public debates with scientists. The topics of discussion include "Games and gender", "The image of antiquity in modern games" and "Playful learning in antiquity".