The Ashmolean Museum has received a large grant from the Leon Levy Foundation for its Restoring the Past Gallery, now to be named after its benefactor.

The Leon Levy Gallery is one of two at the museum that illustrate the history of restoration and conservation through its own objects and programmes. They also examine important ethical questions about changing approaches to restoration in collections and museums throughout the world.

Last November the Ashmolean opened six new galleries for its Ancient Egyptian and Nubian works. At the same time it also announced plans for a new three-floor building in what is now a courtyard to house its Dutch and Flemish 17th-century paintings, and to show its western art collection and its 20th and 21st-century works in rotation.

In 2009 the museum, which is one of the 20 top visitor attractions in England, opened a