The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. It opened as Britain’s first public museum, and the world’s first university museum. Though the collection has evolved considerably, the founding principle remains: that knowledge of humanity across cultures and across times is important to society. The collections are extraordinarily diverse, with objects dating from 700,000 BC to the present day. Among many riches, we have the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of Egyptian Predynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo, outstanding Anglo-Saxon treasures and the foremost collection of Chinese painting in the Western world. In 2009 the Ashmolean more than doubled its exhibition space with 39 new galleries. The Museum plays an important role within the University as a centre of research and teaching (from primary schools to post-graduate and continuing education) as well as a venue for major temporary exhibitions.
The ITP programme at the Ashmolean is managed by Liam McNamara (Curator for Ancient Egypt and Sudan) and Paul Collins (Curator for Ancient Near East) but they rely on the support of colleagues in departments from across the Museum. Both Liam and Paul had worked previously at the British Museum where they were involved with aspects of the ITP and were keen for the Ashmolean to join as a partner; they came aboard in 2013.
Colleagues from the Ashmolean attended the ITP conference Towards a global network which was held in Cairo, Egypt in 2010.
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