Labyrinth: Exploring Knossos at the Ashmolean Museum


Explore the Ashmolean Museum’s temporary exhibition Labyrinth through a day of lectures and structured discussion introducing the archaeology of Knossos and the at times controversial excavations and interpretations of Sir Arthur Evans.

This event is a collaboration between the Department for Continuing Education and the Ashmolean Museum and includes entrance to the exhibition Labyrinth. The day will provide expert lectures on the archaeology and wider context of excavations at Knossos (including a lecture by the curator of the exhibition), a self-guided tour of the exhibition itself, and structured discussion revisiting the themes introduced in the lectures. The day focuses on the excavations of Sir Arthur Evans at Knossos whilst he was Keeper of the Ashmolean museum, their political context at the turn of the 19th century, and their wider implications of their interpretation for our understanding of Minoan society. No prior knowledge of Minoan archaeology is required.

The day school will include free entry to the Labyrinth exhibition.

Programme details


Introduction to the exhibition
Andrew Shapland

An Odd Couple? Arthur Evans, Duncan Mackenzie, and their excavations at Knossos
Nicoletta Momigliano

Tea/coffee break

Reception of Knossos
Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw

Instructions for afternoon
Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw and Andrew Shapland

Lunch break

Self-guided tour of exhibition/gallery with tasks

Tea/coffee break

Structured small-group discussions
Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw and Andrew Shapland

General discussion

Course disperses


Description Costs
Tuition fee (includes tea/coffee) £85.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Andrew Shapland


Andrew Shapland is Sir Arthur Evans Curator of Bronze Age and Classical Greece at the Ashmolean Museum. Before joining the Department of Antiquities in 2018 he was Greek Bronze Age Curator at the British Museum for nearly 10 years. He is also an Honorary Lecturer at UCL.

Prof Nicoletta Momigliano


Nicoletta Momigliano is Professor of Aegean Studies at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, especially Minoan Crete. She has directed or co-directed archaeological projects both in Crete and Turkey and is currently Deputy Director of the excavations at Palaikastro, East Crete.

Dr Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw


Dr. Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw is an Aegean Bronze Age archaeologist. She lectures in Archaeology at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, among other institutions. She is also affiliated with Durham University and Humboldt University in Berlin.


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Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms. Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.