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AfterHours evenings offer interactive encounters with the collections. Each with its own unique theme, AfterHours presents the chance to explore the galleries - with friends or independently - over a drink from our cash bar and in a childfree environment.

Expect interesting collaborations, live performances, music, object handling, talks, tours and taster-workshops.

AfterHours events are part of Project VERVE's public programme, Need/Make/Use, and they happen regularly throughout the year. Keep an eye on our What’s On pages for regular updates.



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Friday 15 May, 19.00-22.00 (£5)

Discover sound artists Mike Blow and Alex Allmont improvising with a ‘Theremuino’ and making beats from LEGO in the Pitt Rivers, plus catch live bands in the Museum of Natural History. Explore the galleries with more than just your eyes: seek out pop-up sensory stations and get hands on with objects, take a taste challenge amongst the dinosaurs, and smell your way to other continents in the Pitt Rivers. Upon entry to the museums, grab your free torch and get exploring!

Tickets: £5, concessionary group rate of 4 tickets for the price of 3. Torch included in ticket price.

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Nanook of the North

Nanook of the North – A Live Soundtrack

Saturday 9 May, 19.30 start

North Wall Arts Centre, Summertown (map)

One of the UK’s most innovative ensembles, melding heart-rending improvisation with gritty folk and roots music, Dead Rat Orchestra present their own live soundtrack to the classic, controversial and possibly first ever, feature length documentary, Nanook of the North. Released in 1922, R. J. Flaherty’s film proclaims to portray “love and life in the actual artic”, following the so-called daily trials of Inuit people on the edges of the Artic circle.

A film not without its controversies: following the performance, Professor Marcus Banks (University of Oxford) leads discussion into the film’s complexity, examining Flaherty’s romanticised construction of a “pre-industrialised” Inuit family, and other ethical issues of representation and identity. Joining in discussion will be members of the band and Dr Charlotte Gleghorn, University of Edinburgh. Opportunities for questions and answers.

Tickets available via www.ocmevents.org


Previous After Hours Events:

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