Talking Memory Workshop

rune stone

Image Credit: Rune Stone (AN1997.1) © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (image)

Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the

future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities


Tickets: Tickets are free of charge, but booking is required. Register here.


Join neuroscientist and DPhil researcher Irene Echeverria Altuna, as we discuss the threading of memories in a colossal medieval Rune Stone - also known as a Memory Stone. Follow the intertwined threads on the Rune Stone to discover how memory weaves the narrative of our lives. Afterwards we will explore memories as networks of interlaced threads and knots and make some new memories while knotting a macramé keyring.

With Dr. Jim Harris, Teaching Curator, Alexis Gorby, DPhil researcher School of Archaeology, and Ashmolean Public Engagement Research Associates

Talking Memory is a series of afternoon events for older visitors (65+) exploring the theme of memory using objects from the museum’s collections, new research from the University, creative engagement…and tea.

Each workshop will start in the public galleries, with a short talk and discussion focused on one object and led by an Oxford researcher. We will continue the conversation over tea and cake, taking time to meet other group members, before we go to make our own versions of the objects we have seen and heard about.

The events are free, including refreshments and materials for the art activities, but booking is required as space is limited.

No previous artistic experience is required, coffee is available as well as tea, and everyone 65+ is welcome.

Although the workshops take place in accessible parts of the Ashmolean, please let us know when booking of any special requirements or food allergies.

You may sign up for a single event or as many as you wish.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact

This series of events is generously supported by TORCH, as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, as part of Oxford’s PER Seed Fund.