UK universities revealed to have spent £20 million on artwork over five year period


A Freedom of Information request by the BBC has revealed that UK universities spent £20million on paintings, sculptures and statues from 2010 to 2015.

  1. University of Oxford – £8.9m
  2. University of Cambridge – £5.8m
  3. Durham University – £2.6m
  4. Oxford Brookes University – £552k
  5. University of Warwick – £322k
  6. University of Leicester – £148k
  7. London School of Economics – £125k
  8. University of Surrey – £110k
  9. University of Exeter – £110k
  10. Goldsmiths, University of London – £103k

The University of Oxford purchased the most expensive piece, a portrait of Mademoiselle Claus by the French impressionist Edouard Manet, which cost £7.9m and is available to view in the University’s Ashmolean Museum which is available to the public free of charge. A spokeswoman for the University of Oxford said: “The Ashmolean’s mission is to be the world’s greatest university museum of art and archaeology”.

The University of Cambridge, which is home to eight museums that contain more than five million objects, spent £3.9m on Extreme Unction by the 17th Century Frenchman Nicolas Poussin.

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This story first appeared on BBC news.

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