A selection of events highlights + free tickets prize draws

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Free ticket prize draw

Last Summer in Pompeii - Exhibition

To enter the prize draw to win two free tickets to the Ashmolean Museum’s Last Summer in Pompeii exhibition please email your University contact details to blueprint@admin.ox.ac.uk by Friday 26 July. Please type ‘Pompeii’ into the email’s subject line.

The exhibition is showing at the Ashmolean Museum, 10am to 5pm, Thursday 25 July until Sunday 12 January 2020

Tickets: Standard £12.25, Concession £11.25

Booking recommended

Everything from the exquisite mosaics in the villas of the wealthy to the remains found in kitchen drains reveals what the people of Pompeii loved to eat and drink. The Ashmolean’s 2019 summer exhibition tells the story of this ancient Roman town’s love affair with food. Many of the objects, on loan from Naples and Pompeii, have never before left the country. They range from the luxury furnishings of the Roman dining room, to the carbonised food that was on the table when the volcano erupted.

Find out more: https://www.ashmolean.org/pompeii


Ashmolean Museum, Rooftop Restaurant: Gin 'n' Jazz:  sorry - competition is now closed

Congratulations to Dr Zoe Christodoulou of the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine for winning the prize draw for the two tickets to Gin 'n' Jazz.

Lectures and Seminars

Multaka: Museums as Meeting Point - Late Night Event

Pitt Rivers Museum

Thursday 11 July 2019, 6pm to 9pm

An evening of performances and activities bringing people from Oxford to meet and share experiences from their cultures. Programmed and organised by Multaka-Oxford volunteers, Multaka-Oxford is a collaborative project funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund.

Find out more: https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/event/multaka-museums-as-meeting-point-late-night-event


Festival of Archaeology

Ashmolean Museum

Saturday 13 July 2019, 10am to 4pm

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in ancient Rome? Find out at our Festival of Archaeology through fun-filled activities, talks and crafts for all ages including jewellery-making, a Roman fashion show, metal working, Roman hairdressing and much more.


The Cambrian Explosion and the Origin of Animals

University Museum of Natural History

Thursday 18 July 2019, 7pm to 8pm

Our understanding of the evolutionary origin of animals has changed dramatically in recent years. Professor Paul Smith will look at recent developments through the prism of the Sirius Passet fauna of North Greenland – an exceptionally preserved fossil deposit that tells us much about this major evolutionary event. This event is part of the 'First Animals' exhibition programme.


Apollo 11: the inside story (booking required)

History of Science Museum

Thursday 18 July 2019, 6pm

The story of the first landing on the Moon is even more dramatic that you think. David Whitehouse discusses the crisis, conflicts and climax of our greatest journey.

Dr David Whitehouse is a scientist, writer and broadcaster, and was BBC Science correspondent from 1988 to 2006. He has won numerous awards as well as European Internet Journalist of the Year. He also has an asteroid named after him.

Family Friendly

One giant leap

History of Science Museum

Saturday 20 July 2019, 2pm to 4pm

Take one small step into the Museum to join us for lunar activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. Drop-in, ages 7+

Find out more: https://www.hsm.ox.ac.uk/whats-on


Farming, the First 12,000 Years

Pitt Rivers Museum

Saturday 20 July 2019, 11am to 7.30pm

Explore how farming has shaped peoples' lives over the last 12,000 years. Enjoy interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, talks and tours. All ages are welcome to the drop-in daytime event from 11am to 3pm. Over 18s are invited to join us for the evening session from 6 to 7.30pm, where we'll ask ‘What is the future of farming?" and "How can our knowledge of the past help shape this’ over a gin and tonic with TOAD: The Oxford Artisan Distillery! These events are being delivered in partnership with Oxford University's School of Archaeology and the Museum of English Rural Life. https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/event/farming-the-first-12000-years-0


Enlightening the Nanoworld Family Workshop

University Museum of Natural History

Saturday 3 August 2019, 1pm to 2pm

Booking required: You must book a place for each adult and child. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

What happens beyond what your eyes can see? It’s the year of the periodic table! Let’s celebrate by diving into the magical properties of the chemical elements that are present in all aspects of everyday life and explore the nanoworld. Join researchers from the Chemistry and Physics Department of Southampton University for interactive and hands-on activities.


Autism Friendly Opening

University Museum of Natural History

Saturday 3 August 2019, 9am to 10am

To book your place email: education@oum.ox.ac.uk

A relaxed morning opening at the museum with a quiet environment.

Find out more: https://oumnh.ox.ac.uk/event/autism-friendly-opening-0


James Whitbourn's Annelies

St John the Evangelist Church, 109A Iffley Road

Saturday, 13 July 2019, 7.30pm to 9pm

£25, £20, £12, under 25s £10 reduction (booking recommended)

The Choral Setting of The Diary of Anne Frank: 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of Anne Frank. James Whitbourn is the only composer to be granted permission to set the words of her extraordinary and brilliant diary entries within a full-length choral work.


First Animals and the Origin of Oceanic Ecosystems

University Museum of Natural History

Friday 12 July 2019 to Monday 24 Feb 2020, 10am to 5pm

Animal life first evolved in the oceans 600 million years ago. The First Animals exhibition brings together exceptional fossils from sites across the globe to tell the story of our earliest beginnings like never before.

Find out more: http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/firstanimals


First Impressions

University Museum of Natural History

Friday 12 July 2019 to Monday 24 February 2020, 10am to 5pm

Artworks inspired by specimens from the First Animals exhibition. Pick up a trail at the Welcome Desk to explore the display around the Museum.

Find out more: http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/firstanimals


Feed the World: Food and Money in the 20th Century

Ashmolean Museum

Tuesday 30 July 2019 to Sunday 15 December 2019, 10am to 5pm

This display explores the complex relationship between food and money by taking a closer look at the Food and Agriculture Organization’s ‘Food for All’ programme. Learn how monetary and numismatic objects such as coins, banknotes, and tokens related to food in the 20th century, and why this was important.

Find out more: https://www.ashmolean.org/event/feed-the-world


Ruskin 200 Young Artists

University Museum of Natural History

Wednesday 7 August 2019 to Monday 30 September 2019, 10am to 5pm

A small display of artworks produced by 5-15 year old artists.