The Ash­molean Story Ash­molean Mu­seum, Ox­ford On­go­ing

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BBC History Magazine - - Out & About -

Mark­ing 400 years since the birth of its founder, Elias Ash­mole, the Ash­molean has opened a new per­ma­nent gallery fea­tur­ing many of the orig­i­nal arte­facts, spec­i­mens and cu­riosi­ties that were on show when the mu­seum opened in 1683. Among the items on dis­play are a crys­tal ball, prob­a­bly used by Ash­mole for ‘crys­tal-gaz­ing’ and mak­ing pre­dic­tions, and a man­tle of deer hides said to have be­longed to Poc­a­hon­tas’s fa­ther, Powhatan.

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