Impressionable Bodies: Exploring Dress and Adornment in the Ashmolean Museum

Course details

From £106.00

Sat 25 Jan 2020

Impressionable Bodies: Exploring Dress and Adornment in the Ashmolean Museum


Augmented by garments, jewellery, painting and perfumes, the human body is a powerful thing in all societies, past and present. Dress can make bodies almost endlessly flexible. Dress can oppress as well as empower, and it can create and challenge gender identities. For many, dress has spiritual or religious aspects, and for almost everybody, dress creates senses of ‘us’ and ‘them’. This is what makes dress and adornment fascinating subjects of study in so many different fields of academic enquiry, including archaeology, anthropology and art history.

Join us for a series of interactive talks and exploratory tours focusing on the subject of dress and adornment in the galleries of the Ashmolean Museum. We will delve into the archaeology and history of dress, from the Ancient Egyptians, Minoans and Greeks through to the inhabitants of Medieval Europe. Introductory and concluding talks will also outline how archaeologists and historians have tended to approach and make sense of dress and the impressionable human body.


Programme details


Being held at the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH


9.30am            Registration

9.45am            Introduction: dress and adornment in cross-cultural 


                        Toby Martin

10.15am          Case Study 1: Dress like an Ancient Egyptian

                        Rosalind Janssen

11.30am          Coffee/tea

12.00pm         Case study 2: The Aegean world: from the Minoans to the

                       age of Alexander

                       Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw

1.15pm           Lunch

2.15pm          Case Study 3: The body and adornment in later Medieval


                      Eleanor Standley

3.30pm          Tea/coffee

4.00pm         Sights, sounds and fragrances: making sense of dress

                      Toby Martin

5.00pm         Course disperses






Description Costs
Tuition only £106.00
Catering option - see right-hand column. £20.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Mrs Rosalind Janssen


Rosalind Janssen, MTh, MA, MSc, MTeach, PGCE, BA (Hons), is Honorary Lecturer in Education at UCL's  Institute of Education. 

Dr Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw


Currently Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History (Greek History and Culture), University of Exeter and Tutor in Archaeology, OUDCE.

Dr Eleanor Standley


Associate Professor of Later Medieval Archaeology & Curator of Medieval Archaeology, University of Oxford

Toby Martin

Speaker and Director of Studies

Departmental Lecturer, Department For Continuing Education, University of Oxford


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