On 30 October 2015, Pitt Rivers Museum brought a little bit of Mexico to Oxford. The Day of the Dead festival is as much about celebration as mourning and this event allowed us to explore some of the traditions, stories and crafts associated with death and remembrance rituals around the world; memorial biscuit, anyone? Academics from the University of Winchester, the University of Kent and Oxford University offered gallery talks on mummification, cemeteries and poetry, whilst Mexican artist Veronica Cordova de la Rosa (Oxford Brookes University) reimagined a typical altar in memory of some of the Museum's notable Victorian collectors, General Augustus Pitt Rivers and Mary Kingsley. The festival atmosphere was enhanced by face-painting, cocktails, paper marigolds and a Cuban big band. 'Day of the Dead' was one of our regular After Hours series of events that offer themed encounters with the collections as part of a social experience. Part of the VERVE: Need / Make / Use project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.