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An Evening with Jeff Koons

Thursday 23 February 2017
Ashmolean Museum

20 February 2017


Ancient Medicine Seminar

An interdisciplinary research seminar, intended to bring together those inside the University and elsewhere who have an interest in disease and medicine in the ancient world
Alternate Wednesdays in Term: 5.30 – 7.00 pm
Barclay Room, Green Templeton College

Follow this link for more details.

5 September 2016


Reading Images Seminar continues, Wednesday 6th July:
The Image of the Celebrity Musician: Music and Popular Print in 19th Century England

Rachel Campbell, University of New England
NSW, Australia
Print Room, Ashmolean Museum.

4 July 2016


Ashmolean Graphic Arts Seminar: Fragments

Convenors: Dr Catherine Whistler and Dr Jim Harris
Thursday 16th June 2016, 4.45pm
Print Room, Ashmolean Museum.

Dr Michael Waters, Scott Opler Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College will lead a discussion around drawings of architectural spolia and disembodied ornament, including those in the celebrated albums collected by John Talman.

Follow this link to Programme.

25 May 2016


Reading Images: Trinity Term 2016

Wednesdays, during Trinity Term, 2.00-3.00pm
New Douce Room, Ashmolean Museum.

This term, the Ashmolean University Engagement Programme will be running a seminar series with speakers from various departments within Oxford who will discuss their research in relation to an object within the museum collection.

Follow this link to Programme.

25 May 2016


Connecting Art and Medicine: Education, Engagement, Empathy

Friday 20 May, 5.30pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

Dr Iva Fattorini MD, MSc, Artocene Founder

20 May 2016


Brain Hunt! The mechanical brain: Is it just efficient technology?

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 March 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Mallett Gallery, Ashmolean Museum

Discover different ways of thinking about the brain, and how neuroscientists are investigating the way it works. Join in activities for all ages at four stations around the museum.

Follow this link to the Oxford Neuroscience website.

22 February 2016


Reading Images: new research illuminated by Ashmolean objects

Hilary Term 2016
New Douce Room, Ashmolean Museum

Tuesday 9th February, 12:45pm-1:45pm; Tuesday 23rd February, 2pm-3pm & Week 8 – Friday 11th March, 2pm-3pm

This term the Ashmolean University Engagement Programme will be running a seminar series with speakers from various departments who will discuss their research in relation to an object within the museum collection.

9 February 2016


The Japanese Art of Woodblock Printing

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:00am, Jameel Centre, Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH by Naomi Collick
A talk around the Ashmolean's Yoshida Hiroshi exhibition on the history and techniques of woodblock printing in Japan. It will focus on the visible changes in technique and style that appeared in Meiji woodblock prints, taking the prints in the Yoshida Hiroshi exhibition as examples.

19 June 2015

England's Hope: Princess Charlotte of Wales and the Hanoverian Royal Family

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

The Print Room, Ashmolean Museum

An interdisciplinary symposium dedicated to Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796-1817) will take place in the Print Room at the Ashmolean Museum. The event, supported by the Ashmolean Project Portal and the TORCH Celebrity Research Network, will bring together scholars from History, Art History, and English Literature to discuss the vital position that this young princess occupied during her short life.

15 June 2015

Depicting Ariadne in Catullus, the Ashmolean and beyond

Thursday 18 June, 1.00-2.00pm
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

Dr Gail Trimble, Trinity College, Oxford

This talk is open to, and addressed to, the general public, but students and members of the Classics Faculty would also be very welcome. I will be discussing some of my research on Catullus 64 alongside images of objects from the Ashmolean’s collections in Antiquities and Western Art, and from elsewhere, that also ‘depict’ Ariadne. I’ll be aiming to raise questions about how pictures can tell stories and descriptions can try to control what we see.

The talk has been organised in collaboration with the Ashmolean’s University Engagement Programme, with particular thanks to Teaching Curators Senta German and Jim Harris.

15 June 2015


Crossing Cultures, Crossing Time at The Ashmolean – a review

A Review of Oxford Unlocked: Object-Handling & Tour at The Ashmolean, an Oriel Arts Week 2015 event, by Jacob Warn

2 June 2015

Tagore the poet and Gandhi the ethicist: cooperation without meeting of minds

At 3pm on Thursday 21 May 2015
Jameel Centre, Ashmolean Museum

By Professor Sir Richard Sorabji

2 June 2015


The Raj and the Bengal School: the First Nationalist Art Movement in India (1850–1922)

At 6pm on Thursday 21 May 2015
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

By Dr Partha Mitter
Professor Emeritus, University of Sussex

1 June 2015


Oxford-Princeton Network Workshop: Transcultural Approaches to the Object in the Ashmolean Museum

Friday 8 May 2015
Jameel Centre, Ashmolean Museum

1 June 2015


Ashmolean UEP, TORCH and Student Collaborations

The Project Portal offers collaborative opportunities through the Ashmolean Museum University Engagement Programme and the TORCH Knowledge Exchange Programme in order to strengthen existing ties between the Museum and the academic community. Students were invited to develop project ideas linking their research to the exhibition Bengal and Modernity: Early 20th Century Art In India exhibition (3 March – 1 June 2015). Two graduate and four undergraduate students responded with a range of projects designed to bring their courses, dissertations, extended papers and the exhibition to a wider audience.

Co-curated by Shailendra Bhandare (Assistant Keeper, Heberdeen Coin Room) and Mallica Kumbera Landrus (Teaching Curator, University Engagement Programme), the exhibition was supported with research assistance from Pandita Out-Wong (MSt, History Faculty & Wolfson College; Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies). The topic of the exhibition, discussed in courses taught in various departments, reflects on ideas of nationalism, identity and gender studies in early 20th century India.

Further details contact:
Mallica Kumbera Landrus

To sign up for student gallery talks:

Gallery Talks:

Student Profiles:

Image: Jamini Roy (1887?1972), Lady in a Sari, c. 1950–1960. Tempera on card. © Lahiri Collection

20 March 2015

Art and Your Brain

Free public events at the Ashmolean For Brain Awareness Week 2015
TALK: Friday 20 March, 13.00-14.00
Dr Chrystalina Antoniades and Dr Jim Harris

‘The Brain in the Museum: using the Ashmolean for medical teaching and research’
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Free admission

FAMILY ACTIVITIES: ‘Art and Your Brain’
Saturday 21 March, 10.00-16.00, Ashmolean Museum

19 March 2015


Ashmolean Graphic Arts Seminar: Prints, Cheap and Otherwise

Convenors: Dr Catherine Whistler and Dr Jim Harris
Thursday February 26th, 4.45pm

9 February 2015


Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

9 February 2015

‘TORCH/UEP Collaboration in Humanities and Science Headline Series

This term the UEP will be holding object-handling sessions at the Ashmolean in association with each of the TORCH Humanities and Science lunchtime seminars.

Moving from the Radcliffe Humanities Building, we will continue to pursue each week’s topic in the Museum, using objects, prints and drawings to stimulate discussion and debate.’

Download Programme

22 January 2015