Ashmolean Museum Oxford

Dodos & Dark Lanterns

David A. Berry

Over the course of its long and eventful history, the Ashmolean has developed from a cabinet of curiosities, representing the world in microcosm, into a museum of art and archaeology, illustrating connections between cultures over time.

This book tells the story of that remarkable transformation. It gives a sense of what the Ashmolean was like at various points in the past and introduces the people who helped to make it the Museum it is today. It explains how the collections have been interpreted and reinterpreted over the centuries, and the buildings have been altered and adapted to meet changing needs. The Ashmolean's history is one of its greatest assets.

This history is presented here in an accessible and engaging way that reflects the Museum's emphasis on interpretation.


Book contains: 160 pages.

Dimensions: 19.56 x 0.86 x 26.39cm