A new Independent Museum in Worcestershire: Ashmolean Museum Broadway
The Ashmolean has worked in close partnership with Worcestershire County Council, other local organisations, and the Keil family, to transform a historic building in the Cotswold village of Broadway, Worcestershire, into a new independent museum: The Ashmolean Museum Broadway.
Opening in September 2013, the new Museum is based in ‘Tudor House’ on the main High Street in Broadway. It is one of the best loved and most popular villages in the Cotswolds and Tudor House is one of its most prominent buildings. Originally built in the seventeenth century as a coaching inn, it has been extended and adapted over the centuries and served at various periods as part of a school, a farm, and a private residence for various owners, including Benjamin Chandler who refurbished the property with the Arts and Crafts architect, CE Mallows, in 1908. For nearly 80 years, it was the headquarters for H.W. Keil Ltd, one of the leading dealers in antique furniture in the world.
The objects on display are on loan from the Ashmolean Museum. They include paintings and furniture from the founding collections of the Ashmolean, given by Elias Ashmole to the University of Oxford in 1683.
The displays are of fine and decorative art from the 17th to the 21st centuries over three floors, including local objects such as Sheldon tapestries, Worcester porcelain, Armorial Ceramics of Broadway families, William Morris tiles and Winchcombe Pottery. There are paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Millais and Landseer. The top floor includes a dedicated gallery for temporary exhibitions, providing local artists and community groups with the opportunity for displays, as well as education and outreach programmes.
Ashmolean Museum Broadway, 65 High Street, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7DP