Case Studies

These case studies illustrate the vast range of important and innovative work which University Museums are carrying out .  Please click on the boxes for more information about specific case studies.

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Ashmolean Museum redevelopment

The Ashmolean Museum’s £61m redevelopment was made possible by a £15 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, enhanced by donations from trusts, foundations and private donors.

ACE Major Partner Museum

Four University Museums either lead or are involved as partners in the ACE Major Partner Museum funding programme, totalling £19m to those four MPMs over three years to 2015.
UCL Qatar

UCL Museums UCL Qatar

UCL Museums have played a key role in the establishment, in 2010,of UCL Qatar, a campus dedicated to research, post graduate teaching and professional development in museum studies, conservation and archaeology. UCL Museum staff have contributed to strategy, governance and regional staff support and help organise UK student placements. In its first year, 16 Masters ... more »

Durham University Buddha’s birthplace

At Durham University, the Curator of University Museums is working with colleagues from the Department of Archaeology on a project designed to enhance the conservation and interpretation of the Buddha’s birthplace at Lumbini, Nepal. In 2013 he travelled to Lumbini and met representatives from the National Museum in Kathmandu and local museums at Lumbini and ... more »
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

Visiting with the Ancestors

Visiting with the Ancestors: The Blackfoot Shirts Project led by curatorial and conservation staff at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford and in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen, involved the development of mutually beneficial collaborations with Blackfoot First Nations in Canada. Historic hide shirts from the Museum’s collections were loaned to museums within ... more »
UCL Grant Museum

UCL’s Grant Museum Share Academy programme

UCL’s Grant Museum acts as a test-bed for new technologies for visitor interaction. Academics from several UCL departments developed QRator, a ground-breaking interactive iPad label system. The success of the museum pilot led to QRator’s being cited internationally and to a subsequent funded collaboration with the Imperial War Museum. UCL is now partnering with University ... more »

Oxford ASPIRE Events Programme

The Oxford ASPIRE Events Programme, a series of knowledge-sharing workshops for museum and cultural professionals, is led by the ASPIRE team at Oxford University Museums as part of their Arts Council England-funded Major Partner Museum activity. Workshop themes include Fundraising and Philanthropy, Commercial Enterprise, Digital and Managing Museums. These have attracted delegates from across the ... more »
Museum of Design in Plastics, Arts University Bournemouth

Museum of Design in Plastics

The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) at the Arts University Bournemouth manages the Plastics Subject Specialist Network (SSN), which has 114 members representing 75 organisations, mainly other museums. Since the 1970s, plastics have become the most used material group in manufacturing and are thus an increasingly important material for our heritage. Working with Plastics ... more »
Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Origins of the Afro Comb

The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge has developed an extensive research engagement programme across 23 prisons working with 4000 prisoners, 300 members of staff, and delivering 400 sessions in the four years to 2013. The project began by focusing on the Museum’s ancient Egyptian and Sudanese collections and now delivers new research in the fields ... more »