Oxford’s museums are set to share a major grant from The Arts Council for England (ACE) after a bid from the University and County Council trumped fourteen others from the South East of England.
The additional funding is to be spent on joint projects from the Ashmolean Museum, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of the History of Science, and The Oxfordshire County Council Museums Service.
Professor Ian Walmsley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, said, ‘Generous benefactors have helped us renew many of the galleries and facilities in Oxford University’s museums.
‘ACE’s major grant will help ensure that the galleries and expertise of curatorial staff are even better used by schools, and local, national and international visitors and colleagues.’
Student opinion was divided on the issue. One source commented, ‘This looks like another blunder by the ACE. Oxford’s rolling in money already isn’t it?’
Emma Finlayson, a music student at St Peter’s, took a more positive line, saying ‘Museums are a big part of my cultural life at Oxford.’