Matthew Winterbottom


Matthew has over 25 years’ experience working with and researching European decorative arts of the 16th-21th centuries. 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. Whilst there, he co-curated several major exhibitions at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace and  wrote the Official Guide to Windsor Castle. He was subsequently appointed Curator of Decorative Arts at the Holburne Museum in Bath. During his 8 years there he was responsible for the radical redisplay of the decorative art collections as part of the redevelopment and extension of the Museum.

Matthew joined the Department of Western Art at the Ashmolean in March 2014 as Curator of Nineteenth-Century Decorative Arts. In this role he is tasked with building a new collection of Nineteenth-Century decorative arts. He recently worked on the redisplay for the Nineteenth-Century Art Galleries that incorporate decorative arts for the first time and on the new Michael Wellby Gallery of Continental Goldsmiths’ work. Since January 2017, he has been responsible for the entire Western Art Sculpture and Decorative Arts Collections.

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