What do we think?

The Ashmolean’s latest offering to the curious art and artefact lover is the Museum’s spectacular ‘Spellbound’ exhibition, running from 31 August 2018. Attendees are invited to peer at ancient crystal balls, to ponder mysterious medieval books of charm and ritual and to peruse intriguing objects both beautiful and beastly – from a unicorn’s horn to a preserved human heart. Whether you’ll admit to believing in magic or not, our ancestors certainly did, and this is a wonderful opportunity to consider their ideas and superstitions about the world – and perhaps to contemplate our own. From the heart-breaking confessions of women accused of witchcraft, to creative contributions by contemporary artists, there’s a whole world of terrific and terrible tales to explore in this not-to-be-missed marvel of an exhibition!

What do they say?

“Explore the history of magic over eight centuries in this immersive and thought-provoking exhibition. The intriguing objects on display show how our ancestors used magical thinking to cope with the unpredictable world around them… The exhibition asks us to examine our own beliefs and rituals, and aims to show how, even in this sceptical age, we still use magical thinking and why we might need a bit of magic in our lives.”

Where is it?

The Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH

When is it?

31 August 2018 – 6 January 2019

How much is it?

£12.25 (Concessions £11.25)

Where can you find out more?

Intrigued? Click here for full details & to book your tickets!

Not quite what you’re looking for?

To see more from the Ashmolean Museum – including the brilliant array of events accompanying the ‘Spellbound’ exhibition – click here. For alternative course and event inspiration, browse our History of Art section here.

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