Oxford's Ashmolean Museum £5m expansion agreed

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has won planning permission to expand one of its exhibitions.

The museum, which dates back to the 17th Century, is to improve its Egyptian galleries in a £5m revamp.

Oxford City Council agreed plans for a new fifth gallery while the current displays will be redesigned to address over-crowding and poor lighting issues.

The galleries will close in January with the work expected to take 12 months to complete.

The plans submitted to Oxford City Council said the existing Egyptian collection is "crammed into a series of dark, confusing galleries".

The new plans would increase use of natural light and "make it easier for the visitor to directly engage with and understand the collection".

The revamp comes after the museum was reopened by the Queen last year after a £61m refurbishment.

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