Spellbound at the Ashmolean

Livia Franchini, Will Harris, Amy Key and Sophie Robinson read from their work and contributions to Spells at this LiveFriday late event for 'Spellbound: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft' at the Ashmolean Museum.

Do you think magically? At this late night LiveFriday we conjure up an evening of wizardry, witchcraft and wonderment.

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH

October 26, 7–10.30pm.

Book tickets here. LiveFriday tickets are FREE but booking is required (with £1 booking fee unless bought at the museum).

The exhibition will be open late, until 8pm. 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.