10. The Broadway Museum and Art Gallery
The Broadway Museum and Art Gallery has worked in close partnership with Worcestershire County Council, other local organisations, and the Keil family, to transform historic Tudor House in the Cotswold village of Broadway, Worcestershire, into an independent museum: The Broadway Museum and Art Gallery Broadway.
The museum is based at Tudor House on the main high street. After opening in September 2013, it has become a hub for the community serving those who wish to learn more about local history and see the unique collections curated by the famous Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Broadway is one of the best loved and most popular villages in the Cotswolds and Tudor House is one of its most prominent buildings. Originally built in the seventeenth century as a coaching inn, it has been extended and adapted over the centuries and served at various periods as part of a school, a farm, and a private residence for various owners, including Benjamin Chandler who refurbished the property with the Arts and Crafts architect, CE Mallows, in 1908. For nearly 80 years, it was the headquarters for H.W. Keil Ltd, one of the leading dealers in antique furniture in the world.
The objects on display are on loan from The Broadway Museum and Art Gallery. They include a painting of Elizabeth Woodville from the founding collections of the Ashmolean, given by Elias Ashmole to the University of Oxford in 1683.
The displays are of fine and decorative art from the 17th to the 19th centuries over three floors, including local objects such as, furniture donated to the Ashmolean by HW Keil, Worcester porcelain and Armorial Ceramics of Local families. There are paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Millais and Landseer. The top floor is a dedicated gallery for temporary exhibitions curated by the Ashmolean Oxford allowing access to world class exhibits in a Cotswold village setting.