LIVEFRIDAY: 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! 

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Fri 27 Oct, 7–10.30pm

This event is part of our Founder's Festival which runs from Friday 27 until Sunday 29 October. 
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ACTIVITIES ON FRIDAY 27TH

LOWER GROUND
Education Studio: Basketry Workshop with Native Hands

Atrium:
7.45, 8.20, 9.00 - Tradescant collection slideshow & Tanya Bentham 17th century Stories and Spinning 
7.00-7.45 and 9.30-10.15 - Boldwood ‘Glory of the West’ 

Gallery 2:
Living history Characters- Elias Ashmole, John Tradescant Jr. (includes walking around the museum)
8.00 - The Garden of Antiquities with Dr Alison Pollard

Gallery 3
Handling table of leathers & quills.

Café & Restaurant
Baroque 17th century DJs with Decadent Times

GROUND
Randolph Sculpture Gallery:
Passamezzo dancers and music

Forecourt (TBC, weather permitting):
Stargazing with Abingdon Astronomy Group

Gallery 18:
Masquerade Mask Making

Info desk:
Founding Objects Trail

Cast Gallery: 
17th C Lightning Talks Hotspot
7.30 - Dennis Duncan “Index Wars:Nit-pickers vs Windbags“ 
8.00 - Matthew Craske  “Garden of Antiquities”
8.30 - William Poole “History of Science”

FIRST
Gallery 30
17th century Gaming Tables Whist 

Gallery 31
Photo booth and make-up station- 17th century yourself

SECOND
Gallery 39
Palm reading and Tarot Cards with Dee Vyner 

Gallery 41
Kings Head Band

Gallery 43
Swinging Molly folk band

Gallery 44
Living Painting by William Dobson with Past Pleasures

Gallery 35
Robert Hooke workshop on his microscopes and published 'Micrographia' (1665) with what he observed, and first observation and description of cells

Gallery 46
Eaton Messe 1680s bawdy theatre performances 

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