Ashmolean's new director snubs Oxford
Wednesday 04 June 1997
Dr George Goldner, a leading figure in the New York art world, has told Oxford University that he does not want the job after all.
The Ashmolean (right) announced in December that Dr Goldner, formerly senior curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York had been appointed director. He was due to take up the post in October when the present director, Professor Christopher White, stands down.
But Dr Goldner said yesterday that he had changed his mind and decided to stay in New York. "A variety of things, personal and professional, led to a change of heart on behalf of my wife and myself," Dr Goldner said. One was understood to be the fact that he was unable to find a suitable house in Oxford. Asked if he was dissatisfied with the homes available, he said: "There was an element of that. But I would not want to comment further."
Professor White said: "It is very sad ... Dr Goldner would have made a very good director. He had been to Oxford several times to look around. It seems it didn't work out." He said that unlike other internationally famous museums, there was no property automatically provided for the Ashmolean director.
The Ashmolean is Britain's oldest public museum, having opened in 1683, and is named after Elias Ashmole who gave the first collections.
- 2 Question Time's 'passionate highlander' is the William Wallace of the Better Together campaign
- 3 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Question Time's 'passionate highlander' is the William Wallace of the Better Together campaign
Israel-Gaza crisis: Eight killed in Gaza Strip cafe while watching World Cup semi-final
Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client, a FTSE 100 organisation are u...
£300 - £350 per day + competitive: Orgtel: My client, a leading bank, is curre...
£33000 per annum + pension, 25 days holiday: Ashdown Group: A highly successfu...
£28000 - £32000 per annum + pension, 25 days holiday: Ashdown Group: A highly ...