Wed 21 November, 4pm
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre
The Ashmolean’s next major exhibition Spellbound (commencing August) explores the ways in which our ancestors engaged with the supernatural, and what this tells us about their inner lives. It traces the origins and evolution of magic through objects and text across three historical eras: the medieval cosmos, the early modern community and the modern home. Highlights include The Somerset Witch ladder, mystical representations of angels and demons, and a modern recreation of a ‘spiritual midden’: a secular folk ritual in which large groups of personal artefacts were hidden in specific spaces in homes. Curators Professor Marina Wallace and Dr Sophie Page (UCL) will present this lecture. This crossuniversity initiative is in consultation with Dr Dan Hicks (Pitt Rivers Museum), and Dr Xa Sturgis.
Drinks served after the lecture, followed by a private view of the exhibition.
THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED