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Museums get money for makeovers
Korean mask (Copyright Pitt Rivers Museum)
Pitt Rivers Museum will use their 128,000 grant to improve access
Six museums in Hampshire, Dorset, and Oxfordshire are among 43 in the UK sharing a 4m grant for improvements.

In Oxfordshire, the Ashmolean Museum will receive 165,000, Pitt Rivers Museum has 128,000, and the Museum of Natural History will get 55,000.

The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, and the National Motor Museum Beaulieu in Hampshire will also receive funding.

The Wolfson Foundation together with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport provided the grant.

'Oldest collection'

Hampshire's Willis museum also benefited with a grant of 50,000.

Dr Chris Brown, of the Ashmolean Museum, said: "We will use the grant to refurbish our casts gallery which is the oldest, largest collection of Greek sculpture in the UK."

The Ashmolean in Oxfordshire recently acquired a rare ceramic boar's head tureen as part of its western art collection, the only one in the UK.

Pitt Rivers museum director Michael O'Hanlon said they now receive nearly 200,000 visitors a year. Its grant will be used to upgrade the museum's services to deal with the increasing demand.

The annual grant award is in its fifth year, and so far has provided 20m to arts and culture in the UK.

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