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The University Engagement Programme at the Ashmolean Museum, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, was established in 2012 to explore ways of using the museum's collections in the teaching of the university, beyond its core disciplines of Art History, Classics and Archaeology. Over the course of its first year the Programme has begun to work with the Medical School and the NHS in undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training in cardiology, neurology and psychiatry. Over the past year, groups of psychiatric consultants, registrars and core trainees have visited the Ashmolean to consider questions raised by the depiction of emotions and ageing in paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Sessions are held in the galleries and in the Museum study room, and are led by art historian and curator Dr Jim Harris. Participants of previous sessions have been very enthusiastic about the programme and have found this a valuable way to reflect on their clinical practice.

This term two more sessions for psychiatrists will be held at the Ashmolean, on Gender (Wednesday 21st May 10.30 – 12.00) and on Dreams and Visions (Tuesday 3rd June 2.00 – 4.00), respectively.  If you would be interested in taking part in either, please contact Charlotte Allan ( Numbers are limited, so do book your place as soon as possible.


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