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Britain’s oldest museum, The Ashmolean in Oxford, reopened this month after a £61m renovation that doubled its exhibition space. No longer merely a cabinet of curiosities (the Ashmolean once housed the world’s only extant stuffed Dodo bird) or a palace of art, its new installation was re-imagined by the museum’s director, Dr Christopher Brown, former chief curator at the National Gallery in London, on a loosey goosey theme "Crossing Cultures Crossing Time" emphasizing connections rather than divisions. Hmm.

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