The Ashmolean Faculty Fellowship scheme, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, offers faculty members from any department of the University a residency in the Museum of one day per week for one term, to undertake collections-based research aimed at developing new, object-led teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
During their residency, Fellows are integrated into the life of the curatorial departments, given training in object handling and have access to curatorial support along with the collections database and reserve collections.
Six fellowships are awarded by open competition in each academic year.
We welcome enquiries from faculty members in any discipline, at Oxford and beyond, who are interested in working with Ashmolean Curators and using the Museum’s collections and study rooms for teaching university classes and courses.
Please contact Penny Coombe, the Teaching Administration Assistant in the first instance.
Ashmolean Curators can provide guidance and support in devising and planning object-based classes and courses, and can collaborate in cross-disciplinary teaching. The Academic Engagement team is able to provide training in object-handling and object-centred teaching and advise on the suitability of material for study-room use.
Classes may be delivered in the Museum galleries or in one of our Study Rooms, providing students with the opportunity to examine and handle objects from the Museum's collections up-close.
Members of faculty who wish to teach classes independently and have already identified relevant objects from the collections are welcome to book a study room in the appropriate curatorial department.
Each department offers its own study room arrangements. Please contact them directly.
The Ashmolean is a founder member and key partner of Cabinet, Oxford's award-winning online study and revision platform for university teaching.
Faculty members using the collections in teaching can use Cabinet to curate images of a selection of objects alongside related material, enabling students to access and study them remotely. The platform allows users to annotate images and add further resources, making this a richly interactive, crowd-sourced, digital environment. For more information about Cabinet, please visit the Oxford Internet Institute's website.
In addition, the Ashmolean's Online Collections represent a growing resource for students and faculty members to familiarise themselves with the contents of the Museum.
Eloquent Things is a short course intended as an introduction to the principles and practice of teaching with objects, comprising four mornings spread over a single week in the study rooms and galleries of the Ashmolean Museum.
The course is offered through the Humanities Division Doctoral Training Programme but is also open to postdocs and ECRs from other divisions. Members of faculty interested in learning more about collections-based teaching are also welcome.
The Ashmolean Junior Teaching Fellows are the leaders of Krasis, an award-winning programme designed to bring together early-career researchers and undergraduates in a series of cross-disciplinary symposia held at the Ashmolean and centred on objects from the Museum’s peerless collections.
The Fellows come from disciplines as diverse as Music, Japanese Studies, Material Physics, French and Anthropology, usually after undertaking the Eloquent Things course. The participants in the symposia are the Krasis Scholars, undergraduate or Master’s students from any subject and at any stage of their university career.
The programme involves a commitment to four Wednesday afternoons per term for two terms and a preparatory meeting in 0th week. Fellows meet individually with the Teaching Curator to prepare their individual symposia. Half the cohort of eight Fellows is renewed with each iteration of the programme, meaning four new Fellowships are offered each term.
Follow Krasis on Twitter: @AshmoleanKrasis
Talking Sense was an interdisciplinary research project for the 2018-19 academic year, developed by a group of early-career scholars in partnership with the Ashmolean Museum.
The project brought together a group of DPhil students and post-doctoral scholars from different academic disciplines to explore the subject of the senses in museum-based workshops leading to the writing and delivery of a series of research-led, public gallery talks.
The application deadline has now passed, but click here to find out more about the project.
Talking Emotions is an interdisciplinary research project for the 2019-20 academic year that offers a unique opportunity for DPhil students and post-doctoral researchers to enrich their own research and public engagement skills through in-depth engagement with the Ashmolean Museum’s collections.
Through a series of workshops and object-handling sessions, this year’s participants will explore the theme of emotions and deliver a series of public gallery talks on an object of their choice that is currently displayed in the museum.
To apply, send a one- to two-page academic CV and a one-page cover letter to email@example.com by 11th November.
Click here for further details on the project and on the application process.
The Krasis Scholars are the principal participants in Krasis, an award-winning programme designed to bring together early-career researchers and undergraduates in a series of cross-disciplinary symposia, held at the Ashmolean Museum and centred on objects from the Museum’s peerless collections.
Krasis Scholars are undergraduate and masters students from any discipline and at any stage of their university career. It is they who make Krasis tick, who ask the questions, find the answers and make the arguments from the unique standpoint of their own disciplinary specialism.
You can read a little about the Krasis experience in this blogpost by Mary Caple, who was a Krasis Scholar in Hilary 2019.
The programme involves a commitment to four Wednesday afternoon symposia over the course of a term, and a preliminary meeting in 0th week.
Follow Krasis on Twitter: @AshmoleanKrasis
We are launching a new student-led project, Our Museum: Our Voices, which will place LGBTQ+ and BAME voices at the centre of the museum's displays and collections.
We are looking for 24 students and early career researchers from the University of Oxford's BAME and/or LGBTQ+ communities to curate and install a series of alternative labels, to represent their own perspectives on particular objects - perspectives which have historically been marginalised in the Ashmolean's public galleries. We would like you to turn your distinctive lens on our collection to help provide new ways for previously overlooked and under-represented groups to find themselves in the museum.
We need your experience, insight, and enthusiasim to make this happen. If you're intersted in joining us, or would like to learn more, please send your name, course, a brief (250 word) description of how your think your perspctive can make the museum a more inclusive place, and a suggestion of an object you might be interested to work on to UEP@ashmus.ox.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 22 November 2019.
Please see here for more details.
If you're interested in volunteering at the Ashmolean, then your starting point should be the Joint Museums Volunteer Service, which coordinates a pool of volunteers across all the Oxford University museums.
All our volunteering opportunities are advertised through the Volunteer Service, so please see their website for more information.