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

With Fred Morgan, DPhil researcher in Medieval English

For over-65s

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

Church angel

Join Oxford University researcher Fred Morgan as we explore the world of a wooden angel carved 600 years ago for the roof of an Oxfordshire parish church.

Discover how objects like this came to encapsulate a memory of Catholic England, adopted by Victorian medievalists as embodiments of pre-Reformation times. Afterwards we will talk about our own colourful memories of important spaces and create a collage.

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 26 MAY: 17th-century Holy Land souvenir

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.