Museum Secrets: Hidden Stories from the Ashmolean

In December 2020, spirits were low. The principal speculative guests had just barely returned through the entryways of the Ashmolean following quite a while of detachment, just for one more lockdown to come colliding with a view. The exhibitions went dim briefly opportunity in a year. There’s an uncanny thing about remaining in the Exhibition hall when it’s unfilled with guests. You can detect 1,000,000 human stories surrounding you, clamouring to be told to… nobody. In this way, we needed to change tack. On the off chance that we were unable to get individuals into the structure, we could get the accounts out. I began calling around custodians, requesting their most elevating stories in the assortments. From rooms and nursery sheds and kitchen tables, the Ashmolean group began recording themselves, sharing accounts of happiness and versatility to assist with keeping every one of us going through the dim, cold weather and a very long time of isolation. The outcome was a digital broadcast, Exhibition hall Mysteries, which you can track down on Ashmolean’s site. This book contains the features. These are stories you won’t track down on the marks. These are accounts of the human encounters concealed in the Historical centre’s cases and edges. They are stories that encouraged us when we really wanted it most, and I trust will keep on doing as such.


Things to Do in Oxford

Barefoot Jericho - Cakes in Oxford

Barefoot Jericho

Barefoot offers homemade cakes, pastries and bread, delicious coffee for eat-in or takeaway in the neighbourhood of Jericho, in Oxford.

Shops to See in Oxford: The Cake Shop - Cakes for Any Occasion

The Cake Shop

The Cake Shop offers ready-made designs and bespoke masterpieces and has been trading since 1986 in Oxford’s Covered Market.


Museums & Art Galleries

Antiques on High - Oxford Museums, Art Galleries and Antiques Shops

Antiques on High

Antiques on High is an antiques and art shop from Oxford founded in 1997 and open seven days a week. It has won several awards.

Aidan Meller Gallery - Oxford Museums and Art Galleries

Aidan Meller Gallery

Aidan Meller Gallery is one of Oxford’s longest-established specialist art galleries. They showcase modern, contemporary and old masters.

Oxford Christ Church College, Canterbury Quadrangle. Image courtesy of Billy Wilson

Christ Church Picture Gallery

Christ Church Picture Gallery is an art museum holding an important collection of about 300 Old Master paintings and almost 2,000 drawings and is one of the most important private

Historical Places

Oxford's Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower

Carfax Tower, in Oxford, is a 23-meter-high bell tower that used to belong to a 12th-century church. Here’s how to visit it (and why!).

24-26 Cornmarket Street. Image courtesy of Chuca Cimas.

24-26 Cornmarket Street, Oxford

24-26 Cornmarket Street, in Oxford, is a timber-framed building built in the late 14th century. It belonged to a wine merchant who ran it as an inn, the “New Inn”.

Parks & Meadows

Oxford Parks and Meadows: Oxford Canal - A Breath-taking Walk

Oxford Canal

Oxford Canal is a breath-taking option if you’re looking for an enjoyable walk close to the city. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Brasenose Woods in Oxford

Brasenose Wood

Brasenose Wood is a woodland park featuring quiet walking paths and diverse flora. It’s also part of a larger nature reserve in Oxford.

Oxford University Parks. Image courtesy of Piers Nye via Flickr Commons.

Oxford University Parks

Oxford University Parks (or University Parks) is a large park area northeast of the city. The park is open to the public during the day.