The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology will invite the public into one of the finest collections of Egyptology in the world when it opens its new Ancient Egypt and Nubia galleries this weekend
Comprising six new spaces based on modern-day Sudan, the re-opening marks the second phase of major redevelopment following the museum's extension in 2009
Remarkably, the £5 million project has been completed in little more than a year, including a fit-out installation of two months
The collections are presented under the themes of Egypt at its Origins; Dynastic Egypt and Nubia; Life After Death in Ancient Egypt; The Amarna Revolution; Egypt in the age of Empires and Egypt Meets Greece and Rome
New lighting, display cases and interpretation complement a development completing the Ashmolean's Ancient World Floor, featuring galleries spanning Prehistoric Europe to India and Japan
Professor Andrew Hamilton, of the University of Oxford, said the new galleries were "among the most important outside Egypt" and would "transform opportunities for using the collections at all levels"