University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Collections Assistant - Department of Antiquities

United Kingdom

Closing soon

Collections Assistant - Department of Antiquities

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH

Applications are invited for a Collections Assistant in the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum. Reporting to the Collections Manager, you will assist with the preparation and movement of objects for teaching, research, outgoing loans, photography and conservation, as well as having responsibility for the supervision of visitors to the Museum's Study Rooms.

You will support the Collections Manager and Curators in a variety of tasks to enhance the Department's storage areas, gallery projects and general maintenance. You may occasionally be asked to undertake national and international travel to ensure the safety of objects requested for loan to external exhibitions.

You will have a qualification in History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies or a related discipline, and/or proven experience in a similar museum role. You will have familiarity with a range of object types and materials and an awareness of collections care standards and issues surrounding conservation and security. You will be able to organise your own workload and address competing priorities, working as part of a team under supervision and applying your own initiative to work independently. You will be willing to undertake national and international travel and to occasionally work outside standard working hours when necessary. You will also have an awareness of manual handling.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position, working 36.5 hours per week for 3 years.

Our staff and students come from all over the world, and we proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diverse groups and champions, as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example shared parental leave.

Our range of employee benefits and discounts include 38 days leave (including bank holidays), extensive training and development opportunities, access to travel and childcare schemes, free entry to colleges, discounted access to sporting facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. For more details please see https: //

Claire Burton, Collections Manager for the Department of Antiquities can be contacted with enquiries relating to the role ([email protected]). General queries about the recruitment and application process should be directed to the Recruitment team ([email protected]).

You will be required to upload your CV and a supporting statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. Please not that we are unable to accept applications made without both a CV and a supporting statement.

Only applications received online before 12:00 midday (GMT/BST) on Monday 11 December 2023 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 10 January 2024.

Contact Person : Recruitment team Vacancy ID : 169461 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 11-Dec-2023 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 4 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 4.1: £25,138 (per annum)

Job details


Collections Assistant - Department of Antiquities


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


November 18, 2023

Application deadline

December 11, 2023

Job type



Arts and Culture,History

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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