Led by Dr Jim Harris, Teaching Curator, Alexis Gorby, DPhil student School of Archaeology, and the Ashmolean Public Engagement Research Associates

With Carol Torres Guitérrez, a DPhil researcher in modern Egyptian history

For over-65s

Meet at the Ashmolean Museum main entrance, plus gallery tours and tea and cake

17th-century model of Church of Holy Sepulchre souvenir

Join Carol Torres Guitérrez, a DPhil researcher in modern Egyptian history, as we examine a 17th-century model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Learn how this object, a souvenir from the Holy Land, recalled memories of travel and pilgrimage for the viewer.

Afterwards we will remember a special trip we once took, near or far, and make our own souvenir magnet.

Part of the Talking Memory workshops series running 19 May to 23 June 2022.


Admission is FREE

Although the workshops take place in accessible parts of the Ashmolean, please let us know when booking of any special requirements or food allergies.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact


Talking Memory is a series of six afternoon events for older visitors (65+) exploring the theme of memory and reminiscence using objects from the Museum’s collections, new research from Oxford University, creative engagement…and tea.

The workshops run between 19 May and 23 June.

Each workshop will start in the public galleries, with a short talk and discussion focused on one object and led by an Oxford researcher. We will continue the conversation over tea and cake, taking time to meet other group members, before we go to make our own versions of the objects we have seen and heard about.

The events are free, including refreshments and materials for the art activities, but booking is required as space is limited.

No previous artistic experience is required, coffee is available as well as tea, and everyone 65+ is welcome.

You may sign up for a single event or as many as you wish.

TALKING MEMORY 19 MAY: Medieval carved wooden angel

TALKING MEMORY 2 JUNE: Medieval rune stone

TALKING MEMORY 9 JUNE: 18th-century portrait miniature

TALKING MEMORY 16 JUNE: Octopus jar of Knossos

TALKING MEMORY 23 JUNE: Roman coin of Emperor Domitianus

This series of events is generously supported by TORCH, as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, as part of Oxford’s PER Seed Fund.