Our Vision and Values

To be in every way the world’s greatest university museum of art and archaeology

  • Constantly questioning what we do and challenging ourselves to do better
  • Being intellectually ambitious and coherent
  • Ensuring the encounter of our audiences with our collections (both in the museum and online) is as inspiring, meaningful and rewarding as possible
  • Being a powerhouse of teaching and research
  • Making the most of our university and encouraging our university to make the most of us

Ashmolean Policies

For details of the Museum's policies, please click on the documents below:


Ashmolean Director

The Director of the Ashmolean Museum is Dr Xa Sturgis.

Contact details for the Director's Office are below.

Tel: +44 (0)1865 278006

For General Enquiries please contact +44 (0)1865 278000.

To find contact details for other departments please follow this link.

Board of Visitors

  • Mr Bernard Taylor – Chairman
  • Sir Mark Jones
  • Dr Peter Stewart
  • Professor Andrew Wilson
  • Professor Craig Clunas
  • Dr Paul Thompson
  • Professor Anne Trefethen (Pro Vice-Chancellor)
  • Professor Louise Richardson (Vice Chancellor)
  • Assessor, Senior Proctor and Junior Proctor
  • Mr Chris Jones
  • Professor Chris Wickham
  • Dame Helen Ghosh
  • Professor Helen Leith Spencer
  • Lady (Jane) Roberts
  • Professor Margaret Snowling
  • Mr Christian Levett


Annual Review 2015-16

For a downloadable PDF of the Annual Review for 2015-16 please follow the link below:


Previous Annual Reports