News items for 2014

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Christmas and New Year Opening Dates 2015

The Ashmolean Museum is closed 24, 25 & 26 December this year, but open as usual outside of those dates. We are open on Monday 29 December.

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Manet Outreach Display News 2014

Community Project Exhibition: Me, Myself & Manet

The Ashmolean celebrates the completion of a community-based project to widen access to Manet's 'Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus', acquired in 2012, with a new display of artwork by young mums.

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Ashmolean wins two Apollo Awards

The Ashmolean Museum is delighted to have won this year's Apollo Awards for both Book of the Year and Acquisition of the Year.

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Artists Under Fire: Remembrance Day 2014 Online Exhibition

Visit our new special online exhibition marking Remembrance Day 2014 and the centenary of the First World War: 'Artists under Fire: Remembering the Great War 1914–1918'

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Ashmolean Receives Major Gift from Anonymous Donor

At a press conference in London today, Director of the Ashmolean Museum, Dr Alexander Sturgis, announced that an anonymous UK benefactor has pledged a seven-figure sum to match donations to The Ashmolean Fund.

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Ashmolean to Recreate William Blake’s Studio

The centrepiece of the major exhibition, William Blake: Apprentice & Master, will be a recreation of Blake’s studio following the discovery of previously unknown plans dating to the 19th-century.

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Ashmolean acquires painting by John Constable

The Ashmolean has acquired a painting by John Constable RA (1776–1837) painted in c. 1816–18. Willy Lott’s House from the Stour (The Valley Farm) is the first finished work by Constable to enter the Ashmolean’s collection.

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Statement on the report of the Spoliation Advisory Panel

The Spoliation Advisory Panel has, this morning, published a report on a silver-gilt and enamel salt (c. 1540–45) that was bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum in 2012 by the collector Michael Wellby (1928–2012) as part of a gift of nearly five-hundred

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A message from our new Director

A message from Dr Alexander Sturgis, new Director of the Ashmolean Museum.

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Ashmolean acquires Feller collection of English Embroidery

The Ashmolean has acquired one of the world’s finest collections of historic English embroideries which has been given to the Museum by collectors Micheál and Elizabeth Feller.

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Ashmolean Project Portal launched

The Ashmolean and TORCH invite applications from University members for creative project proposals linking research to the Museum's 2014-15 exhibition programme.

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Professor Christopher Brown awarded Freedom of the City

Professor Christopher Brown, Director of the Ashmolean Museum, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of Oxford.

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Ashmolean in longlist for Telegraph Family Friendly Award

The Ashmolean is delighted to have made the longlist for the 2014 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award.

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Freedom of the City for Director, Professor Christopher Brown

Professor Christopher Brown, Director of the Ashmolean Museum, will be awarded the Freedom of the City of Oxford, to mark his retirement later this year.

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Exhibition Now Open: Joseph Beuys & Jörg Immendorff

Our new contemporary art exhibition 'Joseph Beuys & Jörg Immendorff: Art Belongs To The People!' is now open in Gallery 2. Admission is free.

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Manet portrait returns to the Ashmolean

Édouard Manet's Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, saved for the public in 2012, has returned to the Ashmolean after a year-long tour of museums and galleries around the UK.

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Joseph Beuys & Jörg Immendorff: Art Belongs to the People!

The Ashmolean is delighted to announce the next exhibition in its new programme of post-war and contemporary art.

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Ashmolean wins Museum140 awards

The Ashmolean is delighted to have been awarded four awards by Museum140. The winners were voted for by museum visitors around the world.

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Ashmolean Wins DCMS/Wolfson Grant for New Gallery

DCMS announces Ashmolean Museum among winners of DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund award.

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New Director of Ashmolean Museum appointed

The University of Oxford is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Alexander Sturgis as the new Director of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. He will take up the appointment on 1 October 2014.

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Ashmolean acquires Francesco Guardi painting of Venice

The Ashmolean has acquired a painting of Venice by Francesco Guardi dated 1758. The acquisition has been made possible by the Arts Council England under the Acceptance in Lieu of Inheritance scheme, together with a generous grant from the Art Fund.

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