As part of the BBC's Civilisation Festival the Ashmolean will be hosting a variety of events to broaden understanding and share ideas about what is meant by the term civilisation. The Festival will run alongside the new Civilisation series in spring.
It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark’s series Civilisation thrilled audiences with its authoritative interpretation of the glories of Western art. Inspired by that groundbreaking programme, the new series of Civilisations on BBC Two will introduce a new generation to the great masterworks of beauty, ingenuity and illumination created across the continents. The series will also be examining the questions of what makes a civilisation, and asking how different ideas of civilisations have reinforced different cultural ideas and values.
The BBC have also released an augmented reality app that allows visitors to delve deeper into the objects featured in the series. Three fascinating objects from the collection of the Ashmolean Museum are highlighted in the app.