Jewish Artists in the Ashmolean Museum

An Exhibition entitled "Visions on the Way:  Jewish Artists in Oxford" was mounted in 1992 as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations of the Modern Jewish Community in Oxford in 1992.

Notes on the Museum Exhibition were published and can be downloaded
Inventory of Judaica and Hebraica

An interesting article about the developement of this inventory appears in the further reading section.



Inventory of Judaica and Hebraica in Oxford Colleges & Museums

This inventory has been compiled from the responses received by OJH to a letter written to every affiliated College of the University in 2007. The letter referred to OJH's intention to compile a "web-based inventory of Jewish and Jewish-related artefacts and other relevant objects and materials" held within the University and "relating to any of the three phases of the history of ‘Jewish Oxford', namely:


  • the period of initial settlement from 1075;

  • the period of expulsion from 1290; and

  • the period of return from 1656 to modern times.


The letter enquired "whether your College holds any items that may be relevant to this history. Such items could include - but may not be limited to - artworks, utensils, seals, books, maps, manuscripts, contracts, journals, correspondence and accounts. We are also interested in any Hebrew inscriptions, whether on or inside buildings, plaques and other objects or documents." The letter invited each College to provide a description (and, if possible, also a photograph) of any such items.