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Museum ready to open its doors to the public
THE world renowned Ashmolean Museum is set to open its doors in Broadway at the weekend.
On Saturday, the collection in the 17th century Tudor House will open to the public for the first time.
The Broadway museum will display a selection of objects and works of art from Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum but will operate independently.
The project has been made possible by the owner of the building, John Keil, who offered it on a long-term lease to an independent charitable trust so it can be opened to the public as a museum.
Mr Keil said: “Opening Tudor House to the public and revealing its history has been a long-standing ambition and I am delighted to see it come to fruition.
“Working with the Ashmolean has been a great opportunity and the redevelopment project has uncovered a number of interesting facts about the building which will be showcased in the new museum.”
These facts and the history of the building will be reflected in the interpretation and displays, as will the history of the area.
Displays on the ground floor will explore the building’s early history with objects including a tapestry made at the famous Worcestershire factory of the Sheldon family who owned the Manor of Broadway between 1539–1680.
The top floor will be devoted to temporary exhibitions from the Ashmolean’s collections and for the use of local groups and contemporary artists.
The first exhibition will open in May next year with works on paper from the Ashmolean collection by John Singer Sargent, as part of the Broadway Arts Festival.
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