Ashmolean director to be made Freeman of Oxford

Prof Brown

Prof Brown

First published in News

The director of one of the city’s historic museums will be honoured with the Freedom of the City of Oxford.

Prof Christopher Brown will be bestowed with the award to mark his 16-year stint at the Ashmolean Museum in Beaumont Street.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Mohammed Abbasi, will present Prof Brown with his ceremonial scroll at the Town Hall next month to mark his retirement late this year. Prof Brown said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be honoured in this way by the City of Oxford.

“My intention from the very beginning was to open up the museum to a much broader public, particularly to the people of Oxford and the county of Oxfordshire. The results of our redevelopment have exceeded all my expectations.

“It is a huge honour to be awarded the Freedom of the City on behalf of the museum and colleagues who have worked on the transformation of the Ashmolean.”

Prof Brown will step down on Tuesday, September 30.

The Freedom of the City of Oxford is awarded to people of distinction or people who have provided important services within the city.

Previous recipients include Sir Roger Bannister, Nelson Mandela and local authors Colin Dexter and Philip Pullman.

  • Our top stories:

Acts jump through hoops as Big Feastival begins

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

SOPHIE Greenwood showed punters at the Big Feastival how to hula yesterday, as the event opened with musical performances from Reggae Reggae sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots and Abba tribute act Bjorn Again.

Mullins believes cup will lift U's

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

Johnny Mullins is confident Oxford United’s midweek cup exertions will be a help rather than a hindrance in the search for their first points of the season today.

Hospital complaints up

Oxford Mail: Where will funds come from?

9:10am Saturday 30th August 2014

New data from the Health and Social Information Centre revealed that the number of written complaints to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the county’s main hospitals, increased to 890 in 2013/14, from 792 in 2012/13.

Make-up driver fined

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

9:10am Saturday 30th August 2014

A driver putting on make-up close to Abingdon police station was among drivers stopped and fined for motoring crimes on Thursday morning.

Police fear for welfare of missing teenager

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Saturday 30th August 2014

A teenager was missing last night, with police and his family fearing for his welfare.

It's all in the worst possible taste - hospital's food condemned

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

FOOD quality at Witney Community Hospital has been ranked as the third worst in England.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree