The Ashmolean is dedicated to the use of material evidence to further the understanding of art, archaeology and history. The Museum is a research institution in its own right, but also an important facilitator of research for the academic divisions of the University of Oxford and for scholars worldwide.
As a university museum, the Ashmolean seeks to provide intellectual leadership in scholarship and research relating to areas covered by its collections. The research priorities arise from the nature of the collections, but are not confined to the collections themselves. The scope of current research includes historical, material and intellectual context, the history of collecting, the conservation and scientific analysis of the collections, as well as museology.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WITH RESEARCH
As a university museum with research at the heart of our activity, the Ashmolean is committed to a culture of two-way communication between our researchers and our audiences. We achieve this by showcasing our research within our exhibitions and displays, and through public talks, schools visits and events. The Ashmolean and the University of Oxford work together closely on public engagement with research.
These pages provide information on our current research projects, publications, research partnerships and profiles of our research team. For more information about Ashmolean research, please contact our Research Facilitator, Dr Harriet Warburton, or Research Support Officer, Vanessa Moore. Or to discuss research related to a particular subject area, please contact the relevant member of curatorial staff or department.