Study Day in Oxford, The Ashmolean Museum and AGM

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 22. October 2011 - 9:30
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The day will be centred around the glass collections of the Ashmolean Museum (AM) in Oxford. Re-opened in December 2009 after a fabulous £61m redevelopment, this home of the first museum in England is still having its lecture hall renovated; so we have arranged our meeting to take place at the Barcelo Oxford Hotel, Godstow Road, Oxford, 0X2 8AL, conveniently located on the ring road, just 2m from the city centre.

Talking to us about the collections, we are delighted to have with us, Timothy Wilson, Keeper of Western Art at the AM; Martine Newby, an independent lecturer and curator, who catalogued the museum’s glass and curated the “Glass of Four Millenia” exhibition at the AM in 2000; Susan Walker, Keeper of Antiquities at the AM; Paul Collins, Assistant Keeper for Ancient Near East at the AM.

There is ample free parking at the hotel and transport will be laid on to take participants from the hotel after the lectures and AGM to the Ashmolean ( no parking available) and return you back to the hotel after the guided visits to the museum’s glass collections.

9.30 Arrival, registration and tea/coffee

10.00 - 10.20 Introduction by Tim Wilson

10.20 - 11.30 Presentation by Martine Newby

11.30 - 11.45 Coffee Break

11.45 - 13.00 Presentations by S. Walker& P. Collins

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 14.40 AGM

14.45 - Depart for the Ashmolean
15.00 – 17.00 guided visits to the various collections 17.00 Return to the Barcelo Hotel
Should you wish to stay overnight, the hotel is offering single rooms with breakfast at £95 and double rooms with breakfast at £105, (contact Amanda in ‘Events’). They have a ‘winter special’ at 50% from the hotels website, You can also book through, and other websites.

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Timothy Wilson
Timothy is Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum where his curatorial responsibilities include sculpture,
ceramics, metalwork, jewellery and glass. He is known in international academic circles and holds a great many titles,
including Professorial Fellow (Garlick Fellow) of Balliol College; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London;
Professor of the Arts of the Renaissance. His publications include work on sculpture, silver, jewellery, paintings,
drawings, and prints on heraldry and flags, on Renaissance ceramics and emblematics, and on the history of
collecting. His main research activity though is in the field of European Renaissance ceramics, and particularly Italian
maiolica. He has lectured and taught widely in the UK, Continental Europe, the USA, and Canada. Since 2008, he has
lectured at the British Museum, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Potteries Museum (the annual Reginald
Haggar lecture), the University of Aberystwyth, and the University of the Creative Arts at Farnham; at the Istituto di
Studi Rinascimentali (Ferrara), in Pesaro, Perugia, Gubbio, Deruta, and Florence; at the Louvre; and at the Frick
Collection in New York.

Martine Newby
Martine is an independent scholar, lecturer, and curator specializing in ancient and antique glass. After graduating in
archaeology from Southampton University she entered the British Museum as exhibition assistant to "The Glass of
the Caesars" (1987) and was co-editor with Kenneth Painter of "Roman Glass. Two Centuries of Art and Invention"
(1991). Martine then worked for the London glass gallery of Sheppard and Cooper Ltd for several years before
turning freelance and undertaking her MPhil on central Italian medieval glass at Durham University. She has curated
a number of exhibitions, including "Glass of Four Millennia" (2000) at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, to coincide
with the publication of her handbook on the museum's glass collection, and "From Palace to Parlour. A Celebration
of 19th-Century British Glass" (2003), held at the Wallace Collection, London. Other publications include "The
Fascination of Ancient Glass. The Dolf Schut Collection" (1999), "The Turnbull Collection of English 18th-Century
Drinking Glasses" (2006) for the National Trust, and "Byzantine Mould-Blown Glass from the Holy Land. The Shlomo
Moussaieff Collection" (2008).

Susan Walker
Susan was appointed Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford in 2004. Previously she was Assistant,
then Deputy Keeper of Greece and Rome at the British Museum. Author of many books on Roman
art and archaeology, including The Portland Vase (British Museum 2004), she has recently focussed on redeveloping
the galleries of the Ashmolean. Dr Walker is now planning the publication of the gold-glass,sarcophagi and
tombstones from the catacombs of Rome brought to Oxford over a century ago by Charles Wilshere. This project,
together with the plans of Paul Collins and a future proposal to study Anglo-Saxon glass from Finglesham, Kent, will
allow the Ashmolean to develop cross-cultural research on glass of the mid-first millennium AD.

Paul Collins
Paul is Assistant Keeper for Ancient Near East in the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum. He has a
PhD from University College London and worked previously as a curator in the Middle East Department of the British
Museum and the Ancient Near Eastern Art Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Dr Collins is
now planning the publication of glass from the Ancient Near East (principally Sasanian) in the Ashmolean collections.