Areas to Support

Every gift we receive makes a vital difference, helping us continue to provide free access to our world-class collections, teaching and research.

If you are interested in supporting a particular area of the Museum not listed below, please contact us to discuss this. To support our core activities please make a donation to this year's Appeal by visiting our Give to the Ashmolean page, or click on the Give Online button below.

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An integral part of the University of Oxford, the Ashmolean produces scholarship of the highest standard.

But our commitment to education extends far beyond the academic community, and every year the Education team delivers a programme of activities for:

  • Many thousands of school children to participate in gallery activities and handling sessions
  • Families to enjoy workshops and weekend drop-in events
  • Adults to attend lectures, talks and study days
  • Visitors with special needs to take part in a range of activities
  • Community groups to get involved at the Museum or through community centres, schools, and hospitals



The Ashmolean's exciting and varied annual programme of exhibitions makes our rich collections of art and archaeology widely available for study, enjoyment, and inspiration.

Exhibitions also provide public access to private collections held by the University of Oxford, and by individuals and institutions around the world.

Larger temporary exhibition galleries and better facilities in the new building enable the Ashmolean to hold major international exhibitions, but there are still many costs to be met.


The Conservation team analyses, preserves, and treats the 1 million objects in its care according to the highest standards of contemporary conservation science and ethics.

There is particular emphasis on preventive conservation and an ongoing programme of environmental improvement throughout the Museum.

Our conservators balance this work with object and collections-led research, the supervision of graduate students, and the preparation of objects for exhibitions in the Ashmolean and around the world.

You can help

£10buys a magnifying glass for visually impaired visitors to use in a handling session
£100covers the cost of invigilating an exhibition for one day
£1000conserves a painting in our collection

It doesn’t matter how large or small, a gift to our core activities will help us engage visitors of all ages through free public and learning programmes, inspire the widest audience through captivating displays, and protect our world-class collection for future generations.

Thank You.