Friday 25 November 2016, 7–10.30 pm

We Dressed up in our spookiest costumes and explored ghosts and ghouls after dark at the Ashmolean, with music, dance, film, workshops, performance and more.

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) teamed up with the Ashmolean Museum for FrightFriday, a special late night opening of the museum exploring the art and science of Hope and Fear. 

The Ashmolean opened its doors 7–10.30 pm, giving the visitor the opportunity to experience the Museum and see the collections after hours. Interactive events included theatrical performances, creative workshops and lively talks.

With exciting live performances of dance and music, digital installations, film, workshops and interactive talks and exhibits, the Ashmolean came alive for a whole evening with Humanities researchers converging on the themes of Hope and Fear and the Ashmolean collections.

This diverse and dynamic evening was supported by the Wellcome Trust and was the national Festival Finale for the Being Human Festival, which was led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the AHRC and the British Academy.

The evening was made up of several large performances in the main atrium of the Museum (orchestra, performances, processions etc) and around 30 activities and events throughout the museum, which included researchers from across all of the Oxford Humanities Faculties, and also from all of the other Divisions of the University (Social Sciences, Material, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS), and Medical Sciences).