Teaching and Research
The Ashmolean, a department of the University of Oxford, is recognised as an international centre for teaching and research. Our curators supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines, and are at the forefront of curatorial thinking. This work plays a fundamental role in strengthening the Ashmolean’s position as an extraordinary university museum. Endowed posts will help us to attract and retain the best and most talented scholars, maintaining a tradition of excellence and innovation in research.
Learning for all
We are a place of learning, packed not only with objects and works of art, but also the human stories behind them. The Ashmolean is committed to sharing knowledge with the widest possible audience and, as a teaching museum, we are open to any visitor who wants to learn: for schools, families, artists and researchers, and for people less confident in a museum environment. Much of this dynamic, vibrant programme relies on short term philanthropic support, so it is vital that we are able to guarantee funding for this activity, so that we can continue to inspire generations to come.
Caring for our Collections
Conservation has been part of the Ashmolean’s strategic planning since its foundation, when Elias Ashmole suggested that chimneys should be installed to ensure free movement of air within the Museum. Today, our conservators play a pivotal role in the day to day life of the Ashmolean, preserving and caring for the works in our collections and pursuing research to further understanding. An endowment for conservation will enable the Museum to conserve and display the exceptional collections in our care for the next 300 years.