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This is an archive site and is not updated. It represents works conducted by Oxford University Museums funded by Arts Council England between 2012-2018. For information about our current work please visit


We have run a programme of knowledge sharing events for museums and the cultural sector since 2012 - see our list of previous events here. Ranging in format from large conferences to small group workshops, all our events are aimed at professionals working in the sector, particularly decision makers and leaders.

See our calendar of upcoming events

Our events fall under a number of key themes:

Oxford Cultural Leaders Series

New workshops inspired by our residential leadership programme.  Planned events for 2016-2018 will include enabling innovation, entrepreneurial approaches to working and strategic planning. See previous events in this category.

Access and Participation

Understanding and engaging audiences, widening participation and enabling access. Planned events for 2016-2018 will look at Ethnographic Observation of the visitor experience and accessibility for disability. See previous events in this category.

Commercial Enterprise

Shops, cafes and venue hire, leveraging your assets to generate income. Planned events for 2016-2018 will look at making the most of your venue, cafes and catering, product development, shop management and licensing and commercial partnership. See previous events in this category.

Communication and Marketing

Communicating your offer, attracting international audiences and with stakeholders. Planned events for 2016-2018 will look at enticing international tourists and evaluating marketing materials. See previous events in this category.

Digital Engagement

Utilising digital engagement to enhance the visitor experience and engage audiences. Planned events for 2016-2018 include conferences on digital tools for learning and digital products for museum visitors. See previous events in this category.

Fundraising and Philanthropy

Leveraging reputation and activity to diversify income streams. Planned events for 2016-2018 include workshops on Trusts and Foundations, Legacy Giving and Major Gifts, plus conferences on the future of fundraising in museums. See previous events in this category.


One day events in a variety of aspects of museum work from conservation to working with artists.Planned events for 2016-2018 include a workshop on working with artists with Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price and supporting the annual Jodi awards. See previous events in this category


Check out summaries of our previous events from our blog below and on our Event Summaries page.


Digital Learning in Museums

10 July 17 -- jsuess

On 16 June 2017 Oxford University Museums partnered up with DLNET (Digital Learning Network) to host a conference dedicated to digital learning in museums - how digital can be used to enhance museum based learning experience, how digital can extend the reach of museum learning programmes beyond their walls, what works, what doesn't, and what's next!

Individual Giving: Membership Schemes, Major Gifts and Legacies

9 December 16 -- Anonymous

The second event in our Fundraising and Philanthropy series of 2016 took place on Tuesday 8 November in the Ashmolean’s Headley Lecture Theatre. Louisa Pharoah, Director of Development & Research at the ss Great Britain Trust, gave the first keynote of the day. The ss Great Britain carefully balances its roles as a visitor attraction, an archive, and a library as well as running an education programme.

Capacity Building(s)

9 August 16 -- Anonymous
Ashmolean museum ready for event

Museums and cultural organisations are becoming more adept and increasingly creative when it comes to utilising their buildings and spaces. On 28 July 2016 we held a one-day conference to explore how museums and cultural organisations are developing their venue hire offer, experimenting with different uses for their buildings to generate income, and creating unusual, and often quirky places, to inspire and delight public and commercial audiences.

The Art of Fundraising

19 July 16 -- Anonymous
image of conference room

For our first event in our Fundraising and Philanthropy series this year we teamed up with a cohort of early-career fundraisers from the Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme.  With changes to public funding structures and access to funding streams becoming more competitive cultural organisations are finding the need to diversify is more important than ever.

Risk and Reward: Enabling a Culture of Innovation

24 June 16 -- Anonymous
Risk and Reward photo of the day

The need for cultural organisations to be entrepreneurial is a subject we are passionate about at the Oxford University Museums Partnership. Adaptability in the face of change and the ability to think outside the box on a range of issues from fundraising to organisational structure can help the sector to evolve in a fast-changing environment.