The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. The Ashmolean’s collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. The Ashmolean Museum is dedicated to the intellectually vital outcome of using material evidence to further the understanding of Art, Archaelogy, History, and our place in the world.
LiveFridays are the Ashmolean's evening and late night openings, providing a platform for people to engage with the museum through a programme of live music, performances, workshops, and talks throughout the galleries. Each LiveFriday has a theme chosen to bring the collections and special exhibitions to life in innovative ways. At each event the museum welcomes between 4,000 and 6,000 visitors. The Ashmolean and Creative Multilingualism will collaborate to create Linguamania LiveFriday in January 2017; an event involving a rich variety of different languages is an ideal platform for exploring the Ashmolean's uniquely wide-ranging collections. The museum itself is strongly connected to the study of languages at Oxford University, as the Ashmolean was the place that he Ancient Greek script, Linear B, was first identified and deciphered.
The partnership with the Ashmolean will help Creative Multilingualism to create a legacy pack which will outline how activities could be replicated in classrooms or at other events. It will also help the programme to build links with ohter museums and leading creative companies from beyond Oxford.