FOUNDER'S FESTIVAL

Join our weekend festival celebrating the Ashmolean’s early collections and our founder Elias Ashmole, who opened the museum in 1683. Tour the brand new gallery “The Ashmolean Story” detailing the history of the Ashmolean as the world’s first public museum. We are celebrating Elias Ashmole’s 400th birthday year in 17th C style. Be transported back to the 1600s during the festival weekend with period theatre, talks, quizzes and music. You might even meet Mr Ashmole! 

Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 October

FREE, booking required for some events

All activities will be free, and booking will be required for some events.

This weekend kicks off with a FREE evening LiveFriday, 7–10.30pm on Friday 27 October.
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR LIVEFRIDAY TICKET

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ACTIVITIES ON THE WEEKEND

LOWER GROUND
Education Studio:
Making Powhatan’s Mantle- Leatherworking demonstrations. 
Watch the process of Brain Tanning deer skins in methods used by the Tsenacommacah people of North America who made the original Powhatan’s mantle now in the new gallery “The Ashmolean Story.”   

The Ashmolean Story (Gallery 2):
10 minute tours of selected 17th century items in the new gallery such as Powhatan’s Mantle, Guy Fawkes lantern ,and Elias Ashmole’s portrait
Times: 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm , 3.30pm each day

12.00 (Saturday only)- Curator Talk led by Drs Alison Roberts and Eleanor Standley

Atrium:
Living History group led by The Sealed Knot
Master Hardwyke, apothecary - period poultices and cures
Demes Scientificus group - early modern science displays, covering Mathematics, Chemistry (Alchemy), Optics and Philosophy
Traditional woodworker
Coffee Shoppe 

GROUND
Forecourt:
Military personnel in 1680s uniforms. 

Cast Gallery :
17th century Storytelling with Tanya Bentham. 

RSG:
Boldwood folk musicians (available on Saturday only)

SECOND
Gallery 35:
Micrographia (Sunday)

Gallery 39:
Keble Strings (Saturday) and Alternative Orchestra (Sunday)

Gallery 41:
Craft and pop-museum 

Gallery 44:
2.00 - Arne Richards Harpsichordist playing 17th century music

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