Greek Coins revealing Alexander the Great

This week Simon Glenn, Research Fellow for the Oxford-Paris Alexander Project introduced us to some of the issues involved around creating a display about ancient Greek coins.

We saw how he used enlarged images of coins and a map as a background to the display to tell the story of Alexander with coins. We then visited the the coin study room to handle ancient coins from the time of Alexander the Great. We saw how some had been stamped or punched to check if the silver was solid and explored the images on each side with a magnifying glass. We all agreed that we hadn’t realised how fascinating and revealing coins could be.

We enjoyed handling this gold stater showing Athena and Nike,  HCR9627 (330-320)  and also this silver silver tetradrachm with the head of Heracles wearing a lion scalp and Zeus seated on throne, holding  an eagle and sceptre, HCR23163 (336-323 BC). You can see more  coins on the Ashmolean’s Coin Room’s online collection page  http://hcr.ashmus.ox.ac.uk 

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Meet some of the CREATIVES Panel

I have really loved being a part of the Ashmolean’s  CREATIVES Youth Panel as I have met so many interesting people and gained a lot of insight into how the museum runs behind the scenes. The highlight of the Panel for me has been organising and coming up with ideas for Museum events as well as talking to the people who work at the Museum and learning about their different roles and jobs.  Ellen

The Ashmolean Panel has given me an unique insight and perspective into how a museum as prestigious as ours works from within. I decided to become part of the panel as I have always been interested in history and art, especially when combined.  The Panel has given me the opportunity to meet members of staff in the Museum, from curators and historic researchers, to co-ordinators of the gift shop. I have immensely enjoyed visiting exhibitions and collections, meeting new people on the panel and discovering a new case for historic artefacts within the Museum. Definitely an experience  and worth missing a lie-in once a month on a Saturday morning! Anna G

The CREATIVES Panel is a great experience to meet new people and to see The Ashmolean from a different perspective. We get to organise and attend Live Friday event and organised one activity at the most recent Live Friday. This was a useful situation to learn about organisation, time management and social skills. Immie

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Live Friday as it happened….

Ashmolean – Live Friday “SUPERSONIC” by Ian Wallman

To say that our contribution to Live Friday went without a hitch isn’t exactly true. Really, it went TOO well- we were swamped with people!

Ashmolean – Live Friday “SUPERSONIC” by Ian Wallman

As we had agreed  in previous meetings, the activities we would run were based around Turner’s painting of the High Street with a ‘spot the difference’, colouring activity and a chance for people to dress up and superimpose themselves into the painting.  At the start of the evening, we were expecting quite a quiet night as were were at the furthest distance from the rest of the night’s events. We had our clothes rack set up with costumes, the tables and pencils ready for colouring and of course the painting itself. Throughout the night, Hannah, Tabitha and Maggie , all dressed in costume travelled around the Museum promoting our activities. This turned out to be a rather brilliant plan as, soon enough, we could not move for the amount of people who had come to try our activities. We may have been one of the most popular activities of the night! In the end it all turned out well and was a valuable experience for everyone involved.  Lewis

Ashmolean – Live Friday “SUPERSONIC” by Ian Wallman

Ashmolean – Live Friday “SUPERSONIC” by Ian Wallman

 

 

 

 

Ashmolean – Live Friday “SUPERSONIC” by Ian Wallman

We were located in the gallery with the painting itself and attracted people with our ‘spot the difference’ flyers. We also had colouring in a line drawing of the painting and dressing up in costume and putting yourselves in the picture using the app Pic Collage. Our activities attracted a solid flow of people throughout the evening. We were responsible for organising and running the activities and engaging with members of the public who visited the gallery. Overall, it was a wonderful, if quite busy, experience. Anna W

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Return to Turner

There is a feel of anticipation in the air as we at The Ashmolean CREATIVES  young people’s panel work together towards  the next exciting Live Friday on 3rd March!

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At this point, we have narrowed down the activities we want to run. There will be three separate activities on offer:  Add Colour to the High Street, Spot the Difference (harder than you might think!) and of course costumes to Put Yourself in the Picture. All of these will help visitors to get connected with Turner’s painting.

whole team planning1Today’s meeting was a matter of organisation,organisation and organisation. We went to the gallery to figure out the layout of the spaces we are working with. We discussed which activity should go where and started deciding who should do what. We reached some good decisions  and realised that although we have made plans  we may also have to improvise on the night.

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At the end of our session, we took some time  to handle some of the Museum’s ancient Athenian pottery from about 400BC.  It felt lighter and smoother than we thought it would. Lots of members of the group are studying history so it was fascinating to see and handle the everyday items of a forgotten age.

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Planning for Live Friday on 3rd March

7 jan 2017 planning teams 2 (2)Today we were brainstorming and planning for our very first Live Friday event on 3rd March 2017. We are creating  ideas around  JMW Turner’s paining of  The High Street,  Oxford 1810, so visited the gallery to remind ourselves of the painting.

We have been hard at work in the Education studio thinking about creative ideas, budgets, resources and how to get people involved in and enjoying our activities to discover more about the painting.

Som7 jan 2017 planning teams 1 (2)e of our favourite ideas include ‘Turner Top of the Pops’ with  popular music from Turners’ time,  Spot the Difference, and drawing activity and we hope to include some dressing up. Come and see us in action on the 3rd to see which ideas made it through to the final selection.

Stay tuned for our next blog and be come and join in at the SUPERSONIC Live Friday on 3rd March 2017.

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