University Engagement Programme
The Ashmolean has become a key centre for faculty members and early career researchers to develop their skills in object-based teaching and learning.
Researchers can engage more deeply with the products of material and visual culture through the Ashmolean’s University Engagement Programme.
Example: Eloquent Things: Teaching Using Real Objects
Contact: Academic Engagement team (UAE@ashmus.ox.ac.uk)
The Centre for the Study of the Book, Weston Library
Based in the Weston Library, the Centre for the Study of the Book hosts classes with books for regular university courses, master classes from invited speakers examining early and rare material, workshops bringing together researchers, curatorial and conservation staff, and academic lectures and seminars focussing on the Bodleian Library’s special collections. In collaboration with the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Bodleian Student Editions workshops engage students from across the university in making digital transcriptions from original manuscripts. The library’s printing studio hosts classes learning historical printing.
Researchers can schedule a class session with special collections or can ask for a consultation to explore ways of engaging with original manuscripts and early printed materials in the communication of your research.
Example: A virtual tour of Dante 1481
Contact: Centre for the Study of the Book (firstname.lastname@example.org)
History of Science Museum
Collections and archive access for research and teaching
The History of Science Museum (HSM) is the home of the history of science in Oxford. HSM is also the repository for one of the finest collections of scientific instruments from the Islamic world and for their accompanying provenance and research materials collected over the last century.
Researchers interested in the production of knowledge and the development of scientific techniques at the University would be welcome to use the collections for these purposes.
Example: Creating and curating a special exhibition blog post
Contact: Collections team (email@example.com)
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History offers structured training sessions for researchers planning to support family events such as Super Science Saturday. Such events provide opportunities for the public to engage with some of the world-class research that goes on within the University.
Researchers can develop and practise their science communication skills in a supportive environment, with assistance from experienced museum staff and volunteers.
Example: Super Science Saturday
Contact: Education Officer: Secondary (Art), Families & Young People (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Behind-the-scenes workshops for researchers
Behind-the-scenes workshops and daytime events led by Museum staff can be tailored to particular research interests and training needs. They are facilitated by the PRM public engagement team and an Assistant Curator with an option to work with a Senior Curator at extra cost.
Researchers, research teams and/or a mix of researchers and their stakeholders can gain bespoke access to a specific part of the collection depending on their interests and training needs.
Example: Series of training workshops with early career researchers leading to digital outputs for PER (film and new items of CABINET)
Contact: Head of Public Engagement, Andy McLellan (email@example.com)