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Spellbound at the Ashmolean

31st August 2018 - 6th January 2019

Spellbinding stories, fascinating objects...from crystal balls and magic mirrors to witch bottles and curse poppets.

The Manor is excited to partner with the Ashmolean Museum for this years Spellbound exhibition.

Explore the history of magic over eight centuries in this immersive and thought-provoking exhibition. The intriguing objects on display show how our ancestors used magical thinking to cope with the unpredictable world around them. They range from the fantastical and macabre (a unicorn’s horn, a human heart encased in lead), the beautiful and mysterious (exquisitely engraved rings to bind a lover and medieval books of ritual magic), to the deeply moving confessions of women accused of witchcraft.

The exhibition asks us to examine our own beliefs and rituals, and aims to show how, even in this sceptical age, we still use magical thinking and why we might need a bit of magic in our lives.

To illuminate the links between past and present, specially commissioned works by contemporary artists provide dramatic responses to the themes of the show, conjuring demons, flames and the scuttling of malignant spirits.

Our Spellbound Package priced at £249.00 per room includes tickets to the exhibition, three-course dinner, accommodation and full English breakfast (based on two sharing).

  

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