Spellbound at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
We are delighted to announce that we have several items from the museums collection in this new exhibition in Oxford at the prestigious Ashmolean Museum.
‘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. They range from the fantastical and macabre (a unicorn’s horn, a human heart encased in lead), the beautiful and mysterious (exquisitely engraved rings to bind a lover and medieval books of ritual magic), to the deeply moving confessions of women accused of witchcraft.
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.
To illuminate the links between past and present, specially commissioned works by contemporary artists provide dramatic responses to the themes of the show, conjuring demons, flames and the scuttling of malignant spirits.’
There has already been a huge amount of press coverage for the show and the lead actors from The League Of Gentlemen have said how much they enjoyed it when they visited. We think they should make the trip down to Boscastle next, seeing as we’re not just a local museum for local people……!