The Ashmolean Fund was formally launched in 2014 to underpin the visual, educational and academic impact of the Museum. We have reached our initial target of £25 million (in gifts and pledges) and we thank everyone who has contributed so far. During the course of the campaign we have endowed five senior curators across departments, as well as the work of several departments including public engagement and education.

Every gift to the endowment, whether unrestricted or directed towards a particular part of our programme, touches the entire institution and maintains Elias Ashmole’s vision of a grand museum opening doors to the minds of Oxford. Now that our first milestone of raising £25 million has been reached, we are looking ahead to the next milestone. With the support of our friends and benefactors, we aim to grow the endowment in line with our ambitions to £50 million in the medium term, helping shape the future of this incomparable institution.

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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.

Recognising your support

The Ashmolean would not exist without the generosity of its benefactors and we are delighted to recognise our donors in a variety of ways. All supporters are listed on appropriate donor boards within the Museum, and a bespoke programme of engagement ensures a close and personal relationship with both the Director of the Ashmolean and senior figures in their chosen area of support.

Contact details

For further information or to discuss your support for The Ashmolean Fund, please contact the Director of the Ashmolean or a member of the Development team:

Dr Xa Sturgis, Director
+44 (0)1865 278005 |
Frances Wheare, Senior Development Executive and Acting Team Leader
+44 (0)1865 288295 |