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AfterHours evenings offer interactive encounters with the collections. Each with its own unique theme, AfterHours presents the chance to explore the galleries - with friends or independently - over a drink from our cash bar and in a childfree environment.

Expect interesting collaborations, live performances, music, object handling, talks, tours and taster-workshops.

AfterHours events are part of Project VERVE's public programme, Need/Make/Use, and they happen regularly throughout the year. Keep an eye on our What’s On pages for regular updates.


Day of the dead

Day of the Dead

Friday 30 October 2015, 19.00 (£5)

Shake Oxford’s dreaming spires awake and help us bring Mexico’s Day of the Dead fiesta to the Museum. Explore traditions and crafts associated with this eclectic Central American festival and find out how communities across the globe celebrate, mourn and remember their dead.

There will be lightening talks covering subjects such as ‘Relics, Phantoms and the Remembered Dead: Finding Poetry in Loss’ with poet Penny Boxall, and the use of mummified body parts in medieval European medicine, with Prof. Christina Welch. Deathly activities for you to try (fancy making a mourners hat or a tiny casket to transport your heart back to your love?); Real Museum objects to handle and a chilli tasting challenge…Don’t worry though, you can visit the Halloween-themed cocktail bar to cool down!

Guests are invited to have a Museum makeover and become a sugar skull. Cuban-style Big Band Ran Kan Kan will perform throughout the night and remember, fancy dress is encouraged! For event updates join the Facebook group

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Fired Works Night

5 November, 18.00 – 20.30

A special evening exploring Japanese ceramics with Muneaki Shimode and Takahiko Sato (artists-in-residence from Kyoto), Dr Clare Pollard (Ashmolean Museum) and the Oxford Anagama kiln project . The evening will begin with talks in the Museum of Natural History. Afterwards, visitors are invited to the Pitt Rivers galleries to watch Live Kintsugi ceramic repairs led by masters of the craft, Shimode San and Sato San. There’ll also be the chance to view special exhibitions and film screenings whilst enjoying a drink and Japanese snacks (all included in ticket price).

This event is part of our Japanese Kintsugi artists’ residency. To find out about other events and activities taking place as part of the residency, join the Facebook group.

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Previous After Hours Events:

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