The Ashmolean's collection spans more than ten thousand years, and contains over a million objects documented in paper records covering more than 330 years.
In 2015 a Digital Collections programme was established with the aim of creating cross-searchable digital records. Our initial target is to make 250,000 objects available online by 2020.
The current Collections Online, launched in 2018, is still in its early stages and consists of a selection of object records from across the Museum's curatorial departments. These range from basic inventory-level records with object type, image and accession number, to catalogue records that are cross-searchable by date, place, material, person, period and dimensions.
We will be adding and updating online records every month. A number of separate, subject-specific databases remain available here and will gradually be incorporated into the main Collections Online. Other projects in progress include the digitisation of the Egyptian collection.
For information about the full extent of the Ashmolean's collections, from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, please refer to our curatorial departmental pages.
We hope you enjoy the new Ashmolean online collection website. If you do encounter any bugs, glitches or other problems with the website, please let us know so we can rectify them.