The last word on the Ashmolean

24 03 2016

I was lucky enough to get a ticket on a rare tour of the conservation department in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

It was incredible to see what goes on behind the scenes in caring for objects.

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

Above: restoration of The Great Bookcase by William Burges.

Below: painstaking restoration of a crewel-work bed hanging, representing the tree of life …. if memory serves, from the 18th century I think. Years of work have gone into this to date, and there’s more to do; I hope in a few years time to revisit the Ashmolean to see it all done and on display.

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

After the visit, I was looking at exhibits with new eyes … thinking about what it takes to keep the objects in beautiful condition.

Like the below … imagine being the person responsible for polishing ALL that silver (and more) and keeping the environment in the case to minimise tarnish.

photograph taken under museum conditions, no flash

photograph taken under museum conditions, no flash





More from the Ashmolean

23 03 2016

A few of my other favourite images from the trip to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

1. What is the collective noun for many ancient carvings of Venus?
A replica of the Venus of Willendorf is on the left (sad it’s not the original)
A replica of the Venus of Lespugue is in the middle (again, sad it’s a replica)

photographs taken under museum conditions, no flash

photographs taken under museum conditions, no flash

2. The Dutch still life painting room.
So excited to see this in person.

photographs taken under museum conditions, no flash

photographs taken under museum conditions, no flash

photographs taken under museum conditions, no flash

photographs taken under museum conditions, no flash

3. The Alfred jewel

photograph taken under museum conditions, no flash

photograph taken under museum conditions, no flash





At the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

22 03 2016

New. Favourite. Museum.
Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

What a lovely place to visit – make the time to pop out if you’re in London or surrounds.

The most amazing artwork here has been playing in my mind ever since I saw it – a modern piece made in response to an ancient object.

photograph taken under museum conditions, no flash

photograph taken under museum conditions, no flash

Label:
The Ashmolean Mummy Boy 3 (lying on his back)
Angela Palmer 2011
Ink drawing on 111 sheets of glass. The drawings are based on CT scans of the mummy of a young boy…”

photograph taken under museum conditions, no flash

photograph taken under museum conditions, no flash

How stunning.

photograph taken under museum conditions, no flash

photograph taken under museum conditions, no flash

I am quite taken with this.