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Ashmolean Museum 'delighted' over Art Fund Prize nomination

20th May 2010

The University of Oxford is 'absolutely delighted' that one of its museums has been nominated in the UK's largest single arts prize.

Oxford's Ashmolean Museum has been included on the four-strong shortlist for the GBP 100,000 Art Fund Prize, which aims to recognise originality and excellence in the country's museums and galleries.

Christopher Brown, director of the institution, commented: 'This is a very exciting stage of the competition and it is a great honour for the Ashmolean to be selected. We are extremely grateful to all of our supporters who have voted for the museum so far.'

The Ashmolean - Britain's oldest museum - recently benefited from a GBP 61 million redevelopment under award-winning Rick Mather Architects, which created 39 new galleries, an education centre, a rooftop restaurant, conservation studios and study rooms.

Mr Brown said the museum's dedication to adapting itself to meet the needs of the modern public is one of the reasons it was featured on the shortlist.

The other institutions included on the Art Fund Prize shortlist are Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust's Blists Hill Victorian Town, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry and the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

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