The Ashmolean Museum opened its doors to the public in 1683 making it Britain’s first public museum. The original collection was gifted to Oxford University by Elias Ashmole, after whom the Museum is named. Over the years, the Ashmolean focussed on collecting art and archaeology. Many famous objects formed part of the early collections and can still be seen in the Ashmolean today, including the mantle (cloak) of Pochahontas’ father, Powhatan, and a lantern that is said to be the one used by Guy Fawkes in his attempt to blow up Parliament.

Reflex has had the privilege of working with the Ashmolean on many interesting projects for its permanent and temporary collections over the years. As visitor demands and expectations grow, museums face increasing pressure to make collections more accessible using technology and provide ways for visitors to engage with the objects and their stories in increasingly innovative ways. The team at Reflex have been able to help the Ashmolean with this goal by providing AV solutions that standardise the tech necessary, and provide the easiest but most effective solutions possible.

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