Exclusively for Members

Tue 4 July, 5-6pm

An Exclusive Online Talk for Members of the Ashmolean

Booking required

With Andrew Shapland, Sir Arthur Evans Curator of Bronze Age and Classical Greece and Labyrinth exhibition curator

This talk will focus on the plaster replicas of the famous Cretan Snake Goddesses from Knossos, currently on display in our Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth and Reality exhibition.

Andrew will trace the story of the discovery, restoration and replication of these iconic Minoan figures and consider what they represent.


Snake goddesses figurines in Labyrinth Knossos exhibition

Snake goddess figurine replicas in the Labyrinth exhibition


The talk will be available to watch live on Zoom and a recording of the event will be shared with ticketholders on request following the event.

This is the seventh talk of our Illuminating Insights series of monthly talks.

About the Illuminating Insights series

The Illuminating Insights series of monthly talks, conceived by our Member Events volunteer team, offers supporters an intimate look behind the scenes of the Museum's collections. Each talk is led by one of our curators or Museum experts exploring some of the more unusual, little-known Ashmolean treasures, and including a look at current research projects and conservation work. At the end of each talk there is a Q&A for attendees to exchange views with our experts.



Tickets are available to Members only. The talk will take place online via Zoom and booking is essential.

Tickets are £10.


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