Ashmolean gets Egyptian boost

STAYING in Oxford, work will begin on a £5 million redevelopment of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology’s Egyptian Galleries after plans were approved by Oxford City Council.

As well as transforming the existing ground floor galleries, the project will see the creation of a fifth gallery space, currently occupied by the museum shop, which will relocate to the lowerground floor next to the cafe.
The Egyptian Galleries closed at the beginning of January for the work to be carried out and it is hoped the new facilities will be open by spring.
Meanwhile, the Ashmolean has also taken delivery of 210 golden angels from the Asthall Hoard.
The English gold angels and half-angel coins date from 1470 to 1526 and are believed to have been buried in the early period of Henry VIII.
They were discovered in the village of Asthall in 2007 during building work and are valued at £280,000.
Following conservation, the Hoard will go on display in a special exhibition in the museum’s Money Gallery for a year, starting on 22nd March.

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