Opened in 1683, the Ashmolean was the first public museum and has continued to grow and evolve its world class collections.  

The museum is a collection of collections, housing an eclectic mix of the beautiful and unusual of art, textiles, ceramics and archaeology.


The Ashmolean galleries are filled with stunning collections which inspire and fascinate. They represent the world's major civilisations dating from 800BC to the present day and include:

  • the world's greatest collection of Raphael drawings
  • a Western Art collection featuring stunning examples of European paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and musical instruments including the Pissarro Family Archive and John Ruskin's teaching collection
  • the most comprehensive collection of Worcester porcelain
  • an Eastern Art collection encompassing ceramics, sculpture, paintings, textiles and prints from the Islamic world, India, South East Asia, China and Japan
  • a collection of 900 casts which is one of the oldest, largest and best preserved in the world
  • in excess of 300,000 coins and medals

In addition to the public galleries the Ashmolean has a vast archive. Licensees are welcome to work with the Museum in the archives, taking their time to discover its hidden treasures. Licensees will be amazed by the material available to them that can be used to create beautiful and commercially successful products.


The Ashmolean and Graphenstone have recently teamed up to curate an exclusive palette of 16 paint colours – each carefully chosen and matched to one of the many treasures housed in the Museum.

Graphenstone is one of the world’s leading mineral paints and coatings brands. Their sustainable products are the result of a combination of the highest quality natural raw materials and innovative graphene technology.

Their paints are sustainably sourced and manufactured using 100% renewable energy. Natural materials have been combined with resins and graphene fibres to create mineral paints that are free from harmful chemical additives, are durable and suitable for modern day living.

The Graphenstone range provides a stunning finish, vibrancy and depth of colour, to both our living and working environments.


Brand licensing at the Ashmolean

The Ashmolean is very fortunate to be working with the following companies:

  • Graphenstone
  • Team Tea
  • Hook Norton Brewery
  • Elite Gift Boxes
  • Flame Tree Publishing
  • Fox & Chave
  • John Austin Publishing
  • Mandarin Arts
  • Rampley & Co.
  • Museum Reproductions
  • The Oxford Artisan Distillery
  • Surface View
  • Woodmansterne
  • China Petals

These licensees have worked closely with the Museum's collections to create commercially successful Ashmolean-branded products. In turn, this generates much needed royalty income for the Museum which helps it to continue its valuable work.


Alongside the Ashmolean’s established partnerships, the Museum is pleased to be working with Start Licensing as we look to raise awareness of the collection and build upon new opportunities for licensing across all categories. Licensees will have unprecedented access to curatorial departments, study rooms and collections. The Ashmolean’s licensing team can help licensees make full use of these fantastic creative resources and work with them to develop products inspired by the Ashmolean which will, in turn, inspire consumers. To find out more about these opportunities, please contact:

Email the Ashmolean Licensing Team:

To order images for personal study or for publication go the image library website


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