Matthew Winterbottom is Curator of Western Art Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. 


Matthew Winterbottom’s research interests cover a wide range of European decorative arts from the late medieval to the early twentieth centuries. He has extensive knowledge of metalwork, furniture, ceramics, glass and textiles and sculpture. He is committed to exploring ways of making this material more engaging and accessible to museum visitors.

He has over 25 years’ experience working with and researching European decorative arts. He started his career at the Victoria & Albert Museum as an Assistant Curator in the Metalwork and the Furniture and Woodwork Departments. This was followed by 7 years as Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts at the Royal Collection where he co-curated several major exhibitions at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. He was subsequently appointed Curator of Decorative Arts at the Holburne Museum in Bath. There he was responsible for the radical redisplay of the decorative art collections as part of the redevelopment and extension of the Museum.  He joined the Department of Western Art in the Ashmolean Museum in March 2014 as Curator of Nineteenth-Century Decorative Arts where he was tasked with building a new collection of Nineteenth-Century decorative arts and redisplaying the Nineteenth-Century Art Galleries. Since January 2017, he has been responsible for the entire Western Art Sculpture and Decorative Arts Collections.

Role within Chromotope

Matthew Winterbottom will be curating the Victorian colour exhibition at the Ashmolean with Charlotte Ribeyrol and Colin Harrison.


Selected publications

  • Matthew Winterbottom, The Ashmolean Museum: Crossing Cultures, Crossing Time, Oxford, 2014 (contributor).

  • Matthew Winterbottom, Treasures of the Goldsmith’s Art: the Michael Wellby Bequest, Oxford, 2015 (co-author).

  • Matthew Winterbottom, ‘Not Acceptable to Present Taste:  William Burges’s Great Bookcase’in The Decorative Arts Society Journal, no. 41 (2017), 14-25.

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