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Excellence 2012-13



XU BING: LANDSCAPE LANDSCRIPT the Ashmolean’s first major exhibition of contemporary art was also their first to feature in gallery mobile digital content for audiences

THE RENAISSANCE IN ASTRONOMY: BOOKS, GLOBES & INTRUMENTS OF THE 16th CENTURY at the Museum of the History of Science in collaboration with National Maritime Museums, Glasgow University Library and the Royal Astronomical Society

CHRISTIAN THOMPSON, WE BURY OUR OWN Australian Aboriginal artist Christian Thompson’s response to photographs in the Pitt Rivers’ collections

THE CAPTURE OF THE WESTMORLAND the Ashmolean told the story of an armed merchant ship sailing from Livorno to London in 1779, 18th century personalities and modern day detective work

ATMOSPHERES: INVESTIGATING WEATHER FROM ARISTOTLE TO OZONE the story of weather from medieval philosophers and modern meteorologists at the Museum of the History of Science

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDWARD LEAR the Ashmolean’s celebration of 200 years of nature and nonsense

VISITING WITH THE ANCESTORS: THE BLACKFOOT SHIRTS PROJECT exhibition of these amazing shirts and the Pitt Rivers Museum’s engagement with the source community


ISLAMIC ART ONLINE the Ashmolean’s Eastern Art Department is working with 10 international museums on a proposal to develop an Islamic Art Online portal to be hosted by the Ashmolean

GB/3D FOSSIL TYPES ONLINE the Museum of Natural History are working on a JISC funded project to create a collaborative online database of type specimens of British fossil species, rich in high resolution images and 3D laser scans

ANIMATED XRAY APPARATUS the Museum of the History of Science has launched a project working with an Erasmus student from Dresden to digitally animate the x-ray apparatus of Henry Mosely in advance of a HLF bid for a WWI exhibition

BIODIVERSITY & ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION the Museum of Natural History is working with Cambridge University on the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture 

EMBEDDED COMPOSER in the Pitt Rivers in partnership with Oxford Contemporary Music, funded by Esmée Fairbairn

CHENGJIANG FOSSILS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE BID Researchers at the Museum of Natural History are working with the Yunnan Provincial Government, Chinese  scientists and UK palaeobiologists to  secure heritage  listing for the fossil site in Yunnan Province, China

RAPHAEL PROJECT 5 year project led by paper conservators to conserve & remount the Ashmolean’s Raphael collection

MUSEUM MASTERCLASS FILM the Pitt Rivers made a behind the scenes film of DDF Small Blessing project, exploring working in museums

NEW UNIVERSITY MUSEUMS FOR TAIWAN the Director of the Museum of Natural History was part ofthe advisory group for the establishment of new university museums at the Asia University, Taiwan


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