The Moon and Me

"Always remember, we are under the same sky, looking at the same moon" (Maxine Lee, author)

In March 2020, we were closing our doors, feeling wistful about missing Easter weekend in the Museum.

Twelve months on, it cheered us up to think that — thanks to the Moon — we could enjoy Easter a couple of weeks earlier this year (check out The Moon: belief and time to find out why).

And that got us chatting about the Moon, what it means to us, and all the stories our collections can tell.

So we asked some friends and colleagues to share 60 seconds with us on what the Moon means to them.

Take a Moon Walk through their personal stories — and why not share what the Moon means to you.

Moon on the water

 

"I'm fascinated by calendars ..."
Dr Silke Ackermann, Director, History of Science Museum, Oxford

"beautiful music ... and my toddler's favourite books"
Caroline Moreau, Volunteer Team Leader, University of Oxford Gardens, Libraries, and Museums

 

 

 

Ramadan's Moon Mubarak Greeting
Rana Ibrahim, Founder, Iraqi Women Art and War (IWAW)

"just for a moment, there was some magic the air"
Lizzy Rowe, Volunteer Tour Guide, University of Oxford Gardens, Libraries, and Museums

 

Moon on the water

 

Singing "Sweet and Low": a Moon lullaby for a new baby brother
Dalya Moss, Volunteer, University of Oxford Gardens, Libraries, and Museums

Staring at the same moon anchors us together
Melody Li, Volunteer, University of Oxford Gardens, Libraries, and Museums

 

 

Full moon and the Jewish festival of Passover
Lionel Moss, Volunteer, University of Oxford Gardens, Libraries, and Museums

Crescents of the sun in the shadow of the moon
Lionel Moss, Volunteer, University of Oxford Gardens, Libraries, and Museums

 

Phases of the Moon (circular)

It's a marvelous night for a Moon Dial ...

 
Ever wondered why the Moon's in a different place — and a different shape — each night?
 
Chris Parkin explains how to make a Dial to keep track of the Moon's eight phases and where to find it in the night sky.
 

Before you start

You'll need to print out these three sheets (Quick Tip: print Sheets A and B onto card if you can — or stick onto card before cutting out).

 

 

 

37148 astrolabe with lunar mansions (back 01) 1800 x 840 px

The Moon: belief and time

Why are some festivals — like Christmas — always on the same day, but others — like Ramadan, Diwali, and Easter — on different days each year?

Helen Pooley talks us through how the lunar (Moon) calendar affects when we celebrate religious festivals and what ingeniously beautiful instruments we use to work out when they will fall each year.

 

 

 

 

 

Take a Moon Walk

 

From John Russell's stunning drawing to Astrolabes, Amulets, and Astronomical calendars — take a stroll through our objects and stories inspired by the Moon.

 

Short history of the Moon

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