History explorer: The history of British museums

Dr Adam Mosley and Charlotte Hodgman visit Oxford's Ashmolean, Britain's oldest public museum...

Portico entrance of Oxford's famous Ashmolean Museum. (Dreamstime)

This article was first published in the May 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine.

Designed in the Greek revival style favoured by the early Victorians, its grand entrance a huge four-pillared portico, the Ashmolean building oozes education and learning. Inside, half a million years of art and archaeology are laid out across six floors, from Anglo-Saxon treasures to contemporary art and sculpture.

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