Open since 1683, the Ashmolean Museum is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology. Situated in the heart of the city, we are an iconic destination open to everyone, every day. With c.900k visitors a year pre-Covid, we are the most visited university museum in the world. The collections and archives at the Ashmolean are a global resource comprising over 1 million objects and works of art covering almost the entire span of human history, across four major curatorial departments: Antiquities, Eastern Art, Western Art, and the Heberden Coin Room. Amongst our world-leading holdings are the most significant Pre-Dynastic Egyptian collections outside Egypt, the earliest collection of Classical sculpture and inscriptions in Britain, and one of the world’s finest assemblages of Western European drawings.
The Director of Collections is the most senior curatorial role within the Museum, sitting on the Museum’s senior management group with responsibility for leading curatorial and collections strategy. They line manage the Keepers of all curatorial departments, as well as the Head of Conservation and Head of Digital Collections, and will themselves act as Keeper (supported by a deputy) of the Department in which their expertise sits. The post also carries a college fellowship; as a College Governing Body Fellow, the Director of Collections is expected to play an active role in the academic life and governance of the college.
Candidates for the role will bring a specialisation in one of the key areas of the Ashmolean’s collection, with a track record of significant publication and an international scholarly reputation. They will have management experience, as well as a track record of planning, developing and delivering major exhibitions or projects, internally and jointly with other institutions.
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Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference EBGJA. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Friday 3rd February 2023.