Thursday, 2 June 2011

Read all about it: Ashmolean Museum’s new Egyptian galleries

Just to let you know that the first of a series of articles previewing the Ashmolean Museum’s new Egyptian galleries is now available from Oxfordshire Limted Edition, the award-winning monthly magazine published with The Oxford Times. The paper magazine is published today and the e-edition will be available soon.

To register for the e-edition of Oxfordshire Limited Edition click HERE. You will be emailed when the magazine is available.

The museum’s Egyptian Galleries reopen the week beginning November 28 following a complete transformation. There will be five galleries in future. The four existing galleries, redesigned and redisplayed, plus a fifth created in the tall stuccoed gallery that until the turn of the year was occupied by the museum shop.

The £5m project to create a new sequence of Egypt galleries is the second phase of the Ashmolean’s redevelopment.

The Egypt galleries are one of the Ashmolean’s major attractions — the ancient Egyptian and Nubian collections are second only to those in the British Museum — holding around 40,000 objects, and spanning all periods from prehistory to the 7th century AD. The Predynastic and Early Dynastic holdings are particularly strong.

From now until December Oxfordshire Limited Edition readers will be able to ‘visit’ each of the new galleries in turn, focussing on an object or two in each and a key archaeologist whose story will be told there. 

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