An Exclusive Talk for Members of the Ashmolean

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For those attending in person: This event will be held in the Headley Lecture Theatre. Tea, coffee and cake will be served from 3pm

Exclusively for Members

With Dr Katharina Ulmschneider, Senior Research Fellow Worcester College, Oxford and Director HEIR (Historic Environment Image Resource)

Often the story behind an object’s arrival in the museum can be as fascinating as the artefact itself.

Camels and other objects were commonly placed in tombs of the wealthy in northern China during the Tang dynasty (618 to 907 AD).

Katharina will recount the camel’s extraordinary journey from a Tang dynasty tomb, escaping Nazi Germany, on its way to becoming a favourite object in the Ashmolean. The camel currently resides in Gallery 28 of the Museum.

Camel, Tang Dynasty

T'ang Dynasty Camel, Ashmolean Museum EA2012.189


The talk will be available to watch live on Zoom for those not able to attend in person. A recording of the event will be shared with ticketholders on request following the event.


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