Friday, July 11, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
The Ashmolean; a massive magpie like collection of all sorts of objets d'art. An interesting visit, but there's a huge renovation project on until 2011, so just a fraction of the collection was displayed. Here's what the website had to say...
With the opening of its doors on 24th May 1683, the Ashmolean Museum provided a setting in which the private collection emerged into the public domain. Even the use of the term 'Museum' was a novelty in English: a few years later the 'New World of Words' (1706) defined it as 'a Study, or Library; also a College, or Publick Place for the Resort of Learned Men', with a specific entry for 'Ashmole's Museum', described as 'a neat Building in the City of Oxford'.
I had a wonderful full weekend off, and took the Oxford Tube down to the great town for a bit of sightseeing. The place was beautiful, but jammed packed full of tourists(well I suppose I counted as one as well). Here's the photo evidence of the daytrip. Above is the Radcliffe Camera.