Henry S. Kim is the Director of the University Engagement Programme, a three-year project sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aimed at expanding the use of the museum’s collections in teaching across the University. He was the Project Director for the Ashmolean Redevelopment Project, completed in November 2009 and the redevelopment of the Egypt Galleries, completed in November 2011.
Founded in 1683, The Ashmolean is the oldest museum in Britain and the greatest university museum in the world. It holds the richest collections of art and archaeology in any museum in England outside London. The museum has just undergone a £63 million redevelopment, which provides 32 new permanent exhibition galleries, large temporary exhibition galleries, conservation studios, an education centre and other facilities.
Henry Kim is a specialist on archaic and classical Greek coins and European medals. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he has been a curator at the Ashmolean Museum and university lecturer in Greek numismatics at the University of Oxford since 1994. His publications include a number of articles on early money, particularly regarding the development of small change in Greece, on the development of numismatics in the 17th century and on the use of classical coins as sources for Renaissance medals.
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