Ashmolean Museum Masterplan

Ashmolean Museum Masterplan

The Masterplan for the Ashmolean Museum set out the principles underlying all phases of redevelopment. The aim of the masterplan was to make possible the transformation of the Ashmolean to a space where the exceptional collection would be easily accessible and understandable to everyone and for the building to perform to the standards expected of a modern museum.

Client

Ashmolean Museum

Location

Oxford, UK

Dates

Masterplan 1999

Phase I - The New Ashmolean

2009, £61 million

Phase II - Ashmolean Egypt Galleries

2011, £5 million

Randolph Gallery

2013, £300,000

Re-planned Welcome Space

2014

Phase III - New Art Galleries

Ongoing

The implementation of the masterplan was conceived as three main phases. The first was the most extensive, involving some refurbishment of the Cockerell building, but otherwise confined to the north of it, providing a completely new set of galleries and ancilliary facilities. Phase II unlocked the potential of existing galleries at ground floor level within the Cockerell building and subsequent extensions.

Phase III provided new fully serviced gallery spaces connected to and alongside key Cockerell Galleries, creating links and better flow through this part of the Museum, and allowing the Museum to maximise the display of their collection on this site.

Stuart Cade Project Architects for Rick Mather Architects

The new scheme involves the removal of the poor existing Victorian buildings behind the Cockerell building-built to house a rapidly growing collection under Evans, and later piecemeal accretions.
1 / 2 The new scheme involves the removal of the poor existing Victorian buildings behind the Cockerell building-built to house a rapidly growing collection under Evans, and later piecemeal accretions.
Ashmolean Welcome Space
Phase 3 - New Galleries
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