Exclusively for Members

Attendees should meet in the Randolph Sculpture Gallery, entering through the main entrance

This event will be onsite at the Museum


Booking is required

With Colin Harrison, Senior Curator of European Art, and Clare Pollard, Curator of Japanese Art

Yokoso or Welcome to our grand tour!

Two of the Ashmolean’s curators will lead exclusive tours of the Museum’s galleries in this evening event.

Join us on a journey through the ages, which will take us from 18th-Century England to the Far East. Learn about the Museum’s superb examples of English portraiture, including Gainsborough and Reynolds and explore the culture of the Japanese, admiring the skills and artistry of their amazing craftsmen.

Explore the techniques and history behind these inspiring exhibits on a dual tour that spans the globe and time.



Ganisborough's portrait, 1779-1882, by George Drummond in the Arts of the 18th-century gallery

Ganisborough's portrait of George Drummond, in the Arts of the 18th-century gallery

Japanese ceremonial armour in Japanese art gallery

Ceremonial armour in the Japan art gallery


To avoid overcrowding in the galleries, numbers will be limited to two groups of 20, who will change over half way through the evening, before meeting for drinks in the Mallett Gallery at the end of the tours.


Tickets are available to Members only.

This talk will take place in-person at the Ashmolean.

Tickets are £30.


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