The Ashmolean's medieval archaeology collections range in date from the earliest Anglo-Saxon objects found in England, to the consumer goods of the 18th century. Geographically the collections are wide ranging, with objects collected from Britain, mainland Europe and Scandinavia. There are significant groups of excavated material from Oxford city and sites in Oxfordshire, such as Sutton Courtenay, Dorchester-on-Thames, Berinsfield, Seacourt, and Woodperry, among others. 


Temporary suspension of special access/enquiries
Medieval Archaeology Collections (c. AD 500 – 1800)
1 January 2018 until the beginning of 2019

The reserve Medieval Archaeology Collections and the European objects in the Founding Collection will be temporarily closed from 1 January 2018 until the beginning of 2019 while the curator is on research sabbatical leave. It will not be possible to provide access to the collections or respond to enquiries that require specialist knowledge of them during this period. The permanent galleries England 400–1600 (Gallery 41) and The Ashmolean Story (Gallery 2) will remain open and these displays will be unaffected.

General enquiries about these collections can be sent to

Enquiries regarding photography for image orders and reproduction rights should be sent to the Picture Library.

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