Spellbound: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft

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

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.

Book online at www.ashmolean.org or at the Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor