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The University has collected works of art throughout its history, commissioning and acquiring pieces that reflect and support its scholarly and educational roles.

The consistent quality of the art collection, unusual for a British university, owes much to the vision of generous individuals and groups, united by a conviction that life is enriched by an understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts.

History of the University Art Collection timeline

History of the Gallery timeline


You can see some highlights of our collections in our online tours of paintings, works on paper, and selected other media.

View details of most of our works of art (almost 3000 items) by browsing and searching the collections. Over a thousand of the items already have images, and we are regularly adding more.

See a comprehensive selection of our paintings at the BBC arts website.

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