Courses and Workshops
Masterclass: Working with Clay
With Jude Jelfs, potter
Thursday 25 September, 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. Tickets are £10/£8 concessions. Booking is essential as places are limited. Click here to book online now
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.
Tickets are £10/£8 concessions. Booking is essential as places are limited. Click here to book online now
Eye of the Needle Study Day
With Dr Catherine Whistler, Keeper of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum
Thursday 25 September, 10.30am‒3.30pm, Headley Lecture Theatre
Tickets are £25/£20 concessions. Booking is essential as places are limited. Click here to book online now
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 these five lectures:
Invisible Work from Female Hands: Changing Ideas about 17th-century English Embroideries
With Dr Mary Brooks, exhibition curator and lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, University of Durham
Exploring Embroideries Up Close: Techniques and Materials
With Sue Stanton, Textiles Conservator, Ashmolean Museum
Wrought with Flowers and Leaves: Depicting Embroidery in Late 16th and Early 17th century British Portraits
With Karen Hearn, Honorary Professor, University College London
Narrative Imagery and Popular Stories in English Domestic Decoration
With Dr Tara Hamling, University of Birmingham
Women as Embroiderers During the Early-Modern Period
With Dr Lynn Hulse, Editor of Text, The Journal of the Textile Society
To find out more about our exhibition The Eye of the Needle, and see a full list of exhibition events, follow this link.
Discovering Tutankhamun Workshop
Vibrant Watercolours, with Amanda Beck, artist
Saturday 27 September
Unfortunately this event, advertised in our What's On leaflet, has been cancelled.
Practical Printmaking: Mono Print
With Amanda Beck, artist
Sunday 28 September, 10.15am‒4pm, Education Centre
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.
Tickets are £75/£70 concessions and include materials, tea and coffee. Booking is essential as places are limited. Click here to book online now
World War One
With Tim Porter, lecturer; Alice Foster, historian; & Juliet Heslewood, historian
Sunday 28 September, 10.30am–4pm, Headley Lecture Theatre
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 Vaughan Williams and the healing and redemption found in the Sandham Chapel murals of Stanley Spencer.
Tickets are £45/£40 concessions. Booking is essential as places are limited. Click here to book online now
Study Room Visit
May Morris and Embroideries of the Arts and Crafts Movement
With Dr Caroline Palmer, Print Room Assistant">
Tuesday 30 September, 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.
The Ashmolean is home to over 1 million remarkable objects and works of art – only a fraction of which can go on display at any one time. The Museum’s study rooms are open to visitors throughout the week to see works not currently on display, but why not try one of these special sessions to introduce you to the departmental study rooms?
Tickets are free, with a recommended donation of £5. Booking is essential as places are limited. Click here to book online now
How to book for Ashmolean events
Tickets can now be booked through ‘Tickets Oxford’ at the Oxford Playhouse.
There are 3 ways to book:
1. Online www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford
2. Phone Box Office: 01865 305 305
3. In person at the Box Office Box Office at the Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford (directly opposite the Ashmolean)
Transaction fee: Tickets Oxford charge a small fee of 75p per transaction for charging events. There is no transaction fee for booking free events.
For further enquiries, please contact the Education Department on +44 (0)1865 278 015