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Former Director Michael O’Hanlon with Friends' Patrons Penelope Lively and Philip Pullman, © Studio Edmark

Friends Magazine

On 1 October 2016 issue 85 of the FPRM Magazine received first prize in the British Association of Friends of Museums' publication awards for Museums with between 250 and 750 Friends.  This follows awards for 2005, 2008 and 2013 and an honourable mention for the 30th Anniversary edition, issue 81 in 2015. 

Download issues 8182838485868788 and 89 here. The new edition of the magazine (issue 90, Autumn/Winter 2017) is on sale in the Museum shop at £1.

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Wednesday 11 October, 18.30

David Zeitlyn of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, demonstrates the meaning of divination cards and how they are used in practice. With video and simulation.

Wednesday 15 November, 18.30

Jeremy MacClancy, Professor of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes, asks what status is left for graffiti now that street art is a career choice for budding artists. Threatened by urban gentrification strategies and the rise of the net, can it still pack a political punch?

Wednesday 24 January, 18.30

Bring a textile item with personal significance to you to share with Friends. You should know something of the history of the item and the method of its creation. Enquiries, including suggestions of items you are considering bringing to: (Illustration is detail of sleeve of blouse embroidered on parachute silk by Gillian Morriss-Kay's grandmother after WW1.) Free with shared supper. Limited to 20 Friends.

Wednesday 21 February, 18.30

Hugh Kennedy, Professor of Arabic at SOAS, chronicles the rich history of the caliphate, from the death of Muhammad to the present, drawing on his recently published book.