7:30pm Friday 13th September 2013
By Sarah Taylor
THE Ashmolean Museum in Broadway, described as the most important cultural contribution to Worcestershire in a generation, opened its doors at the weekend.
The great and the good of Broadway and the wider county turned out on Friday to take a look around the new branch of the world-renowned Ashmolean Museum in Oxford before it opened to the public on Saturday and were more than delighted with what they saw.
Councillor Adrian Hardman, leader of Worcestershire County Council, which handed over £200,000 towards the project, said: “I do believe this will be the most important cultural contribution to our county in a generation.”
Based in the village’s Tudor House, a 17th century property which most recently was home to HW Keil, the collection reflects the building’s own history and the local area, including a tapestry made at the famous Worcestershire factory of the Sheldon family, who owned the Manor of Broadway between 1539 and 1680.
There will also be a floor devoted to temporary exhibitions and the use of local groups and contemporary artists.
At the opening event on Friday, Professor Christopher Brown, the chairman of the trustees of the Ashmolean Broadway and the director of the Ashmolean in Oxford, thanked everyone for their hard work on the three year project.
He said: “The dream of creating such a community museum has been shared by many.
“But the man who has been the greatest dreamer and the man who will be able to turn the dream into reality is John Keil.
“John has made Tudor House available to the trust on a free 50 year lease and has given substantial financial support.”
Coun Liz Eyre, vice chairman of the trust, added: “This is beyond my wildest dreams of what we would achieve.”
The museum is now open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm and Worcestershire residents can enter for free.
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