‘Fresher’s night’ at Ashmolean

The Ashmolean Museum is hosting its own ‘Freshers’ Night’ on Tuesday in the hope that new students will make the most of special discounts, tours and music.

Beginning at 6.30pm, the museum will open its doors in what it says will be “a rare after hours experience”.

The evening on 21st February will feature curator-led tours of the galleries, free entry to the current special exhibition “Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin”, music from Notting Hill Arts Club DJs and up to 20 percent discounts in the museum’s café, rooftop bar and shop.

The Hodgkin collection comprises over 115 paintings from the Mughal period (c. 1550–1850), including the refined naturalistic works of the imperial Mughal court; the poetic and subtly coloured paintings of the Deccani Sultanates; and vibrantly coloured styles of the Rajput kingdoms of Rajasthan and the Punjab Hills. There are illustrations of epics, royal portraits, scenes of court life and hunting plus studies of birds and flowers, and many outstanding paintings and drawings of elephants, a particular Hodgkin predilection.