Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 2PH
England

Website

www.ashmolean.org

E-mail

Education Service

education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Museum shop

shop@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Telephone

01865 278000

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Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum is the country’s oldest public museum and home to one of the most important collections of art and archaeology to be found anywhere.

The collections span the civilisations of east and west, charting the aspirations of humankind from the Neolithic era to the present day. Among its treasures are the world's largest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of pre-Dynastic Egyptian material in Europe, the only great Minoan collection in Britain, the finest Anglo-Saxon collections outside the British Museum and the foremost collection of modern Chinese art in the Western world.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tues - Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays: 10.00-17.00
Closed: Every Mon & 24,25,26 Dec

Admission charges

Free

Additional info

Parking is available next to the Museum on St. Giles

The entire collection of the Ashmolean Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The Ashmolean Museum was founded in 1683, the first institutional museum in Britain, and arguably in Europe. Notable among antiquities are the Egyptian collections, the Classical Greek collections including the ‘Arundel Marbles’ and the Felix Gem, and the Alfred Jewel. Paintings date from early Italian to Pre-Raphaelite and there are outstanding drawings by Raphael and Michelangelo. The arts of China, Japan, South East Asia and Islam are well represented, as are Maiolica, Renaissance bronzes and numismatics.

Collection details

World Cultures, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Michael Sullivan: A Life of Art and Friendship

  • 11 March — 14 September 2014 *on now

Michael Sullivan, who died aged 96 in September 2013, was a leading scholar of Chinese art. He was also able to build up an outstanding collection of modern Chinese art through his life-long friendships with prominent Chinese artists who presented many inscribed paintings, prints, drawings, and albums to him and his wife Khoan. Their collection has been bequeathed by Michael Sullivan to the Ashmolean, and this selection of works commemorates his long and fruitful life of art and friendship.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Lest We Forget: Commemorating the Great War 1914-1918

  • 1 July — 1 December 2014 *on now

This display commemorates the First World War as evidenced in coins, medals and banknotes. The objects include commemorative and campaign medals struck to commemorate the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the ariel bombardment of London, and the sinking of the Lusitania amongst other events. The display also features emergency money struck during the war, prisoner-of-war tokens, and paper monet issued specifically to the troops

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

photograph of Tutankhamun's outermost coffin

Discovering Tutankhamun

  • 24 July — 26 October 2014 *on now

Howard Carter’s excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 was one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.

The name of Egypt’s ‘boy king’ is now synonymous with the glories of this ancient civilisation. DISCOVERING TUTANKHAMUN will display objects of the Amarna Period (about 1350–1330 BC) with material from the archives of Oxford’s Griffith Institute, now in its 75th year, to tell the story of the discovery of the tomb, its popular appeal, and to explore how modern Egyptologists are reinterpreting the evidence.

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/

photograph of embroidery

The Eye of the Needle: English Embroideries from the Feller Collection

  • 1 August — 12 October 2014 *on now

THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE will display, for the first time in public, a selection of eye-catching, virtuoso 17th-century embroideries from the internationally renowned Feller Collection, together with outstanding examples from the Ashmolean’s own holdings.

The exhibition will explore the context in which these technically exacting works were made by girls and young women at home or school, and what they reveal of the society, economy, and culture of 17th-century England.

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/

A View of Chinese Gardens

  • 5 August — 30 November 2014

Traditional Chinese gardens represent idealised maniature landscapes by using delicate arrangements of plants, water, rocks and architecture. Some plants have been favoured and cultivated in gardens all over the country, as they have particular symbolic meanings. This exhibition introduces a view of Chinese gardens by showing various artistic depictions of major garden plants and scenes. Four plant specimens collected in China in the 19th century on loan from the Oxford Herbarium are included in the display, showing the actual forms of some of the most popular garden plants in China.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Oxford Times Photography

  • 9 September — 1 December 2014

To coincide with the Photography Oxford Festival 2014, the Ashmolean is collaborating with the Oxford Times to celebrate their 150th anniversary, with a special display of photgraphs from their extensive archives. 15 photographs will be on display in the Ashmolean Café and will show how the Oxford Times has been at the forefront of documenting the history of Oxford, from the beginnings of press photography in the 19th century, to the present day.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

William Blake: Apprentice and Master

  • 4 December 2014 — 1 March 2015

APPRENTICE AND MASTER examines three major aspects of the life and work of William Blake (1757–1827): his formation as an artist and apprenticeship as an engraver; his achievement as a master artist-printmaker, technical innovator, painter, and revolutionary poet; and finally his relationship to the printmakers of the Renaissance, and his influence on a younger generation of artists such as Samuel Palmer.

In one room of the exhibition, a nineteenth-century star-wheel rolling press will be installed where curator, Michael Phillips, will give demonstrations showing how Blake printed his illuminated books.

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Joseph Beuys & Jorg Immendorff: Art Belongs to the People!

  • 10 April — 31 August 2014 *on now

‘Art Belongs to the People!’ is the second in a new series of exhibitions in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation (USA). Curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, former Exhibitions Secretary at the Royal Academy, it presents a selection of important works by two of Germany’s greatest modern artists, Joseph Beuys (1921‒1986) and Jörg Immendorff (1945‒2007). The exhibition focuses on the artists’ output from 1968 onwards, evoking the world of the student protests which were taking place across Europe and in the United States. At the time, Beuys was a teacher and Immendorff his student at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art and they were leading cultural figures in Germany, working, symbiotically, to promote the ideological revolution through their conception of art.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Empresse of Flowers': Elizabethan Embroidery

  • 1 — 2 August 2014 10:30am-5pm *on now

Botanical motifs dominated English domestic embroidery throughout the Elizabethan period. Create a panel inspired by Elizabethan prints using a variety of stitch techniques in silk and metal threads.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

The Tomb of Tutankhamun: Some Unresolved Problems

  • 2 August 2014 2-3pm

To date, only about 30% of the content's of Tutankamun's tomb have been properly studied and published. Dr Jaromir Malek discusses the reasons for this state of affiars, before presenting ongoing research about the tomb's location and original owner. He also addresses the evidence for robberies in the tomb.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Family Fun: Valiant Vikings

  • 6 — 7 August 2014 1-4pm

Discover a Viking hoard of silver and make a Viking brooch to take home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

I can work well all manner of works which is to be wrought with a Needle': Exploring the Making of 17th-century Needlework

  • 9 August 2014 11am-12pm

Hannah Woolley's proud boast gives us an unusal insight into one 17th-century woman's pride in her needlework skills as well as her commercil acumen. This lecture will explore the context in which embroideries were made in the home and the schoolroom, the printed sources for their designs and the complex variety of stitches and techniques. It will look at examples from the Feller and the Ashmolean collections, including radiographs which reveal some surprising links between the natural world and the made world of embroideries.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Furnishing the King's House: Items from the Palace of Tutankhamun

  • 9 August 2014 2-3pm

Little is known about the palaces of ancient Egypt, because few traces of these buildings survive and most of their contents have long since been lost. An exception occurs among the items buried in the tomb of Tutankhamun, many of which were made to be used in the palace before being interred with the king. This talk takes a close look at some of these objects and the significance of their decoration, and explores what they can tell us about the life of Tutankhamun.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

From Highclere Castle to the Tomb of Tutankhamun

  • 12 August 2014 6:30-7:30pm

In 1914 the 5th Earl of Carnarvon received concession to dig in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. It was not until 1922 that the excavation revealed the astonishing tomb of Tutankhamun. The present Countess of Carnarvon, owener of Highclere Castle (the real 'Downton Abbey'), recounts the remarkable story of her ancestor's role in the discovery, and the 'truth' behind the curse of Tutankhamun.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

The War Poet's Toolkit: Workshop

  • 12 August 2014 2-4pm

Brian Turner is a former US Army soldier and now an acclaimed poet and teacher whose work provided the title for Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning flim, 'The Hurt Locker'. In this workshop, learn aboyt his writing techniques and sources of inspiration, and have a go at writing your own poetry in response.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Super Scarabs

  • 13 — 14 August 2014 1-4pm

Free family event. Get messy with plaster to make your own brightly coloured scarab beetle.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

The Scotland Yard of Egyptology': 75 Years of the Griffith Institute

  • 14 August 2014 2-3pm

Prof Richard Parkinson discusses the history of the Griffith Institute, the home of Egyptology at the University of Oxford and an international centre of Egyptology research and teaching. He describes its current projects and the continuing relevance of the remarkable vision of its founder, Professor Francis Llewellyn Griffith.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Worked with gold, silver and silk: Embroidery and Embroiderers at the Stuart Court, 1603-1689

  • 15 August 2014 2-3pm

Maria Hayward considers how embroidery was used at the Stuart Court to decorate royal clothing, livery, furnishings and masque costumes. She explores the types of embroidery being carried out, the materials used, the design process, the cost, and the individuals who carried out the work.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

The Lost Art of Medieval Appliqué

  • 16 August 2014 10:30am-4pm

Appliqué was used in the medieval textile arts to make anything from elaborate wall hangings to useful little purses. Using English wool cloth, gilded leather, and linen thread, design and make your own purse, or iPad cover, in medieval style appliqué.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

English Work': Embroidery Short Course

  • 17 August 2014 10:30am-4pm

This three-day course teaches 'Opus Anglicanum' or 'English Work', an ingenious stitch tecnique which was used in medieval Europe to create beautifully nuanced images using the natural lustre of silk. Tanya Bentham will show you the basic techniques so you can create a complex embroidery of your own.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

To Live Forever: Poetry Workshop

  • 19 — 20 August 2014 10:30-3:30am

Join poet Nick Owen for this two-day poetry workshop and write a poem inspired by ancient Egypt and the thrilling discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. You will have the opportunity to read your poem, or have it read for you, to an audience in the exhibition.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Sketchbook Short Course

  • 19 August 2014 10:15am-12:30pm

Join these sketchbook sessions and explore a wide range of media from coloured pencils to collage. Get to know the Ashmolean's collections with tours and talks, learn from demonstrations, and develop your own creative approach with the tutor's guidance.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Family Fun: Indian Summer

  • 20 — 21 August 2014 1-4pm

Learn about Indian art and artefacts in the Ashmolean's collections and enjoy simple crafts and story-telling.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Bank Holiday Family Fun

  • 25 August 2014 1-4pm

Explore the Museum with our trails, activity bags and simple make-and-takes.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

In Conversation: Elizabeth and Micheál Feller with Dr Catherine Whistler, Keeper of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum

  • 26 August 2014 2-3pm

The renowned Feller Collection was lovingly built up over many years, thanksto the enthusiasm, knowledge and energy of Elizabeth and Micheál Feller. Come and hear the stories that lie behind some of the beautiful objects in the exhibition from the perspective of the keen collector.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Curious Cartouches

  • 27 — 28 August 2014 1-4pm

Free family event. Become a Pharaoh and make your own Egyptian headdress and clay cartouche and decorate it with hieroglyphs.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Tutankhamun's Curse?

  • 30 August 2014 2-3pm

The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb provoked unprecedented media interest. Denied access to the tomb, reporters published an entertaining mix of fact and fiction, and the sudden death of Lord Carnarvon gave them plenty to write about. Soon many people believed that Tutankhamun's tomb contained a terrible curse capable of killing across the centuries. This lecture considers ancient Egyptian curses in general and explores how the legend of 'Tutankhamun's curse' developed.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Sketchbook Short Course

  • 2 September 2014 10:15am-12:30pm

Join these sketchbook sessions and explore a wide range of media from coloured pencils to collage. Get to know the Ashmolean's collections with tours and talks, learn from demonstrations, and develop your own creative approach with the tutor's guidance.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Sheltered for Eternity: the Sarcophagus, Coffins and Canopic Equipment of Tutankhamun

  • 6 September 2014 2-3pm

The tomb of Tutankhamun provides a rare glimpse of a New Kingdom royal mummy housed in all its spendour. Dr Adrian Dodson examines the tomb of Tutankhamun in a wider context by looking at the fragments of objects found in the tombs of other New Kingdom rulers, as well as other lesser-known intact royal burials of a later date.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Tut-Mania

  • 9 September 2014 6:30-7:30pm

When the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun became public knowledge, in late November 1922, it had an immediate impact on the worlds of art, design and popular culture. There had been outbreaks of 'Egyptomania' in the west before - notably during Napolean's invasion and at the opening of the Suez canal - but never before on this scale. This lecture explores the background to 'Tut-mania' and examines its influence on everything from the Chrysler Building and fashion design, to Hollywood epeics and the music-hall.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Ancient Egypt: From Birth to Coronation

  • 16 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

Egyptologist Garry Shaw explores Egyptian kingship looking at the ideal Pharaoh, as shown on temple walls and in court texts. Discover how this representation contrasts with the reality of the king's early life growing up as a prince, through to his time on the throne. The study day will look at royal education, family life, health, death, and the king's role as war leader.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Reflections of Wonderful Things: Howard Carter's Records of the Tomb of Tutankhamun

  • 18 September 2014 2-3pm

Dr Jaromir Malek, former Keeper of the Archive in the Griffith Institute, will talk about its most spectacular treasure, the excavation records for the tomb of Tutankhamun. These are now fully accessible online thanks to Dr Maleks work and provide a unique insight into the famous discovery.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Under-5s: Hello Mummy!

  • 18 September 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Make a mini ancient Egyptian mummy during our 'Discovering Tutankhamun' exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Petra: the Rose-Red City, and the Nabeteans

  • 23 September 2014 2-3pm

The Nabeteans were a tribal society who lived in ancient Jordan from the 6th century BC. They had an extensive caravan trade network across Arabia, Jordan and beyond. In this lecture, Linda Farrar explores the monuments, tombs and material culture of the Nabeateans including Petra, their capital city in the Jordanian desert which was discovered in 1812.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Clay Live: Masterclass - Working with Clay

  • 25 September 2014 2-4pm

Jude Jelfs is a potter and bronze-worker who makes hand-built figurative ceramics in earthenware, porcelain and stoneware. This is an opportunity to learn about these different techniques and see a practical demonstration.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

The Eye of the Needle: Study Day

  • 25 September 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

The exuberant and technically exacting embroideries in this exhibition were made by young girls and women in 17th-century England, a century of religious and political upheaval. in this study day, we explore the social context in which these embroideries were made, and the skills and creativity of the makers through five lectures looking at techniques and materials
portraits
narrative imagery
and women in the early modern period.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Crazy for Egypt: In Conversation

  • 26 September 2014 5-6pm

The land of the Pharaohs has been a source of inspiration for western artists since the 18th century, but the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 unleashed an unprecedented craze for all things Egyptian, influencing everything from the visual arts to music and literature. In this discussion broadcaster and journalist Alastair Sooke, V&A Senior Curator Ghislaine Wood and Prof Stephanie Wood from Southampton University explore the meaning behind the popular fascination with ancient Egypt and how it shaped our world of celebrity, mass communication and fashion.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/

Vibrant Watercolours Workshop

  • 27 September 2014 10:15am-4pm

Following a guided tour of the exhibition, and using the Ashmolean's remarkable Egyptian collections, artist Amanda Beck will show you how to create vibrant watercolour paintings made in response to the discovery of Tutankhamun.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Dinosaurs, Deserts and DNA: the Strange Science of Tutankhamun's Mummy

  • 27 September 2014 2-3pm

Join Jo Marchant as she tells the story of scientists' attempts to study Tutankhamun's mummy, from the first dramatic autopsy in 1925 to the high-tech scans and DNA tests carried out in modern day Egypt. We'll discover a piece of Tutankhamun kept in a drawer in Liverpool
find out why the Mormons are desperate to get their hands on the pharaoh's DNA
and hear the real story of what happened to the poor king's penis, all while grappling with perils from deadly fungi and radioactive tombs to dinosaur DNA.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Practical Printmaking: Mono Print

  • 28 September 2014 10:15am-4pm

This course offers students the opportunity to create their own mono print inspired by organic forms, shapes, textures and images found in the Museum's collections. Using photography and sketchbook work, students will be guided through the process of building up a relief block to create a series of prints.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Photograph of woman with a letter

World War One

  • 28 September 2014 10:30am-4pm

Study artistic representations of the Great War. Investigate the heroics of Lady Butler's paintings, the horrors of the trenches depicted by Paul Nash and Otto Dix, the haunting melancholia expressed in the music of John Foulds and Ralph Vaughn Williams and the healing redemption found in the Sandham Chapel murials of Stanley Spencer.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Please check website for further information

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

May Morris and Embroideries of the Arts and Crafts Movement

  • 30 September 2014 3:45-4:45pm

Discover textile designs and drawings of Kelmscott Manor by the craftswoman May Morris, who managed the embroidery section of Morris & Co. from 1885.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Hard Held: War Art Today

  • 30 September 2014 2-3:30pm

Artist Jason Bowyer spent ten days with the British Army at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan in 2013. In this lecture, he talks about his experience of making drawings from observation in a hostile environment and its connection with his current work.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Dr. Suzanne MacLeod – Museum Architecture: a New Biography

  • 14 December 2014

The Ashmolean, which opened its acclaimed new building in 2009, is delighted to welcome Dr Suzanne MacLeod, University of Leicester, to speak on the subject of her new book, Museum Architecture: a New Biography. Dr MacLeod will discuss the evolution of museum design, trends in museum building around the world, and how the changing role of museums in society effects how they are built.

Admission

Tickets cost £8 (£7 concessions)

Family Fun: Curious Containers

  • 13 September 2104 1-2pm

From cricket cages to puzzle jugs, discover some unusal containers and make a special box to take home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

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