The Museum's Vision Statements

To be an open door to the excellence of Oxford, sparking in everyone a curiosity for the beauty, diversity and intellectual richness of our collections.

Opening minds to the joy of learning, Opening doors to the excellence of Oxford

Our Objective

The Ashmolean Museum aims to be recognised as part of the world’s leading university museums group.

We are a world-class museum of art and archaeology; a centre for object-based teaching and research with internationally acclaimed galleries and display spaces.

Ashmolean Policies

For details of the Museum's policies, please click on the documents below:


Board of Visitors

  • Mr Bernard Taylor – Chairman
  • Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover
  • Dr Andrew Hamilton (Vice-Chancellor)
  • Prof Ian Walmsley (Pro Vice Chancellor)
  • Dr Michael Burden
  • Prof Craig Clunas
  • Mr Chris Jones
  • Ms Hilary Lade
  • Sir Martin Smith
  • Mr Jon Snow
  • Dr Peter Stewart
  • Prof Shearer West
  • Dr Paul Thompson
  • Prof Andrew Wilson


Annual Report 2008-10

For downloadable PDFs of the Annual Report for 2008-10 please follow the links below:


Previous Annual Reports