Shelagh VAINKER 馬熙樂
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford

Curators and Outreach: Recent Experience in the Ashmolean Museum

This presentation will look at the importance of educational and outreach programmes in the Ashmolean Museum. The development of educational activities for all ages was a key factor in securing a major grant from the UK Heritage Lottery Fund for the 2006-9 redevelopment of the Ashmolean, and remains a priority. Since 2012 new programmes have also been introduced to increase the use of the collections in teaching throughout the university.

In addition, it will include an account of outreach activities relating to the Chinese collections over the last nine months, with particular reference to projects during my J S Lee Fellowship at the Capital museum. The Fellowship greatly enriched two museum exhibition projects as well as affording opportunities for me to take part in outreach activities at museums and galleries in Beijing. The presentation will conclude with an introduction to the innovative use of technology in the Ashmolean's current main exhibition Xu Bing: Landscape Landscript (28 February - 19 May).