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The Ashmolean Museum Oxford, working in partnership with Worcestershire County Council, the Keil family and other local organisations, has transformed Tudor House in Broadway, Worcestershire, into an independent museum: The Ashmolean Museum Broadway.
Since opening in September 2013, the museum has provided insight into local history and become a showcase for the unique collections curated by the Ashmolean Museum Oxford. The objects on display are on loan from the museum and include a painting of Elizabeth Woodville from its founding collection, given by Elias Ashmole to the University of Oxford in 1683.
The displays are of fine and decorative art from the 17th to the 19th centuries over three floors, including local objects such as, furniture donated to the Ashmolean by HW Keil, Worcester porcelain and Armorial Ceramics of local families. There are paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Millais and Landseer. The top floor is a dedicated gallery for temporary exhibitions curated by the Ashmolean Oxford allowing access to world class exhibits in a Cotswold village setting.
Broadway is one of the best loved and most popular villages in the Cotswolds and Tudor House is one of its most prominent buildings. Originally built in the seventeenth century as a coaching inn, it has been extended and adapted over the centuries. It has also served as a private residence for various owners, including Benjamin Chandler who refurbished the property with the Arts and Crafts architect, CE Mallows, in 1908. For nearly 80 years, it was the headquarters for H.W. Keil Ltd, one of the leading dealers in antique furniture in the world.
Visitors to Ashmolean Museum Broadway, who are UK tax-payers, can now make a one-off donation of £5 on entry to then gain free entrance to the museum for 12 months.
Under the gift aid scheme the donation of £5 means the Ashmolean Museum Broadway receives £6.25 (25p for every £1 donated). If you pay tax at a higher then basic rate you can reclaim the difference in your donation in your annual HMRC tax return. If you do not pay UK tax or do not pay sufficient tax to cover the donation value, then the standard entrance fee costs you exactly the same.
Entrance fee Adults £5; Children 5-16 £2; Family £10