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Queen visits oldest public museum

The Queen at the Ashmolean Museum
Hundreds of people greeted the Queen outside the museum

The Queen has officially reopened the UK's oldest public museum, the Ashmolean, after its redevelopment.

She was greeted by hundreds of people during her visit to Oxford as she toured the new galleries earlier.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, which first opened in the 17th Century, was renovated to double the gallery space.

The new £61m development was designed by architect Rick Mather and replaces all but the listed Cockerell building.

The renovation features 39 new galleries, including four temporary exhibition galleries, a new education centre, conservation studios and a rooftop restaurant.

The project received a £15m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.



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