Ashmolean Museum: Cleaning the facades

The Ashmolean is one of Oxford's greatest landmarks and one of the finest architectural achievements designed by CR Cockerell (1845). The building houses the University of Oxford's renowned collections of art and archaeology. The University's Taylor Institution and modern languages library is located in the east wing.

The work to clean the facades and carry out fabric repairs to the roofs was carried out in phases between 2005 and 2009, in advance of the opening of the new extension to the Ashmolean. The conservation work involved repairs, renovation and cleaning of the facades of the Grade I listed building. Work on the terracotta corbels and rooflights, replacement of slate roofing slabs and redecoration have transformed this impressive neo-classical building, making a significant impact on the street scene in the city centre.

The work received an Oxford Preservation Trust Award for cleaning of the facade in October 2007.

Facade before cleaning

Facade after cleaning

Published August 2014