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Ashmolean Museum Reopened

November 8, 2009

The Ashmolean Museum, in Oxford, reopened today after a multi-million redevelopment.

I hadn’t really followed the plans for the redevelopment too closely but what I saw today on BBC2’s The Culture Show looks very promising. First of all the architecture of the museum has been renewed – the doors have been opened fully (apparently they had only been half-opened due to sky-diving in, but now there are glass revolving doors to prevent that from happening). The main hall showcases some new and quirky staircases in glass and metal and shine.

But apart from the facelift, another big change is the rearrangement of the collection. Although it was not too clear from the tv programme (nor the website) how the underlying ideological change is physically achieved, it seems to be a shift towards a more thematical approach – not a showcase of discrete collections but a continuous journey through various cultures and times.

Overall, it sounds enticing. I tend to be reluctant to return to English towns that I have already visited – it’s because I feel there are so many other places left in this country for me to get to know; but with the redeveloped Ashmolean, Oxford is back on my list.  I hope their first day went well.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2009 00:44

    Hey Ele,

    I’ve been writing an entry about this in all the free time I’ve had this week. The fact that I’ve only written a couple of lines is more a testament to how busy it’s been rather than my interest in the subject.

    Fancy a day trip sometime?

  2. November 9, 2009 01:04

    Most definitely! But before that, I want to read your blog entry :)

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