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New Van Dyck painting on display

The Ashmolean is delighted to now have on long-term loan a new painting by Flemish portrait painter, Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641). See it on display in Gallery 44.

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New displays in our Western art galleries

Many of our galleries of Western art have recently undergone major redisplays. Why not come and see some of the new objects and collections on display this summer?

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Ashmolean acquires great Civil War portrait by William Dobson

On the 400th anniversary of the birth of Elias Ashmole the Ashmolean is delighted to announce the acquisition of a magnificent Civil War portrait by William Dobson.

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Lynn Chadwick's Monumental Beasts installed on the Ashmolean forecourt

Two monumental sculptures by Lynn Chadwick have been installed in a new display on the Ashmolean’s forecourt.

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Light Sculpture by Deborah Thomas

Watch a new video about a newly commissioned glass light sculpture by Deborah Thomas.

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Funds raised to acquire the Hoard of King Alfred

The Ashmolean is delighted to announce that it has raised the £1.35 million required to purchase the hoard of King Alfred the Great discovered in Watlington, Oxfordshire, in 2015.

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Thinking With Things – listen to our new podcast

The Ashmolean today launches a new video podcast series: Thinking With Things. In each short episode a University of Oxford academic unpicks the story behind a single object from the collections that relate to their research.

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Ashmolean awarded grant from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums Fund

The Ashmolean is delighted to have been granted £110,000 by the DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund.

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