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Funding secured for Turner's Oxford

Turner's famous depiction of Oxford High Street Credit: Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum says it has raised enough money to acquire Turner's famous vision of Oxford High Street.

The museum says it has 'received an extraordinary response' following the launch in June of a public appeal - sending over £60,000 to help reach the fundraising target of £860,000 in just four weeks.

The painting, which has been on loan to the Museum from a private collection since 1997, has been offered to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax. The High Street, Oxford would settle £3.5 million of inheritance tax – which is more than the tax liable on the estate.

In addition to the £60,000, the Ashmolean received a grant of £550,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £220,000 from the Art Fund, and a further £30,000 from the Friends and Patrons of the Ashmolean.

Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean, says: ‘The Museum has been overwhelmed by public support. With well over 800 people contributing to the appeal, it is clear that the local community, as well as visitors to the Museum from across the world, feel that this picture, the greatest painting of the city ever made, must remain on show in a public museum in Oxford.'


Missy Elliott to headline at Bestival

Missy Elliott is to 'get her Island freak on' Credit: Bestival

Missy Elliott is to headline at the Summer of Love during Bestival on the Isle of Wight in September.

She is coming to Robin Hill for her first UK show in nine years, and will be the Sunday night headliner.

The Get Ur Freak On star hails from Portsmouth, Virginia and has five Grammy awards, along with one double platinum and four platinum albums.

Shecan't wait to see all her fans in England.

"We are gonna have a blast together," she said.

New drama about Winston Churchill being filmed in Kent

Winston Churchill's home at Chartwell Credit: ITV news

A new drama about Winston Churchill is being filmed at his country home in Kent. The one-off film about the prime minister's final years in power is being recorded at Chartwell. It will star Michael Gambon as Churchill and will be broadcast on ITV.

The cast also includes Matthew Macfadyen, Downton Abbey's Daisy Lewis and Tara Fitzgerald playing his adult children. Lindsay Duncan plays his wife Clemmie. They started filming this month. The show is set during the summer of 1953 when the then-peacetime prime minister had a stroke, which was kept secret from the world. The Hour star Romola Garai will play a nurse guiding an ailing Winston Churchill back to health

The show will also be broadcast on PBS in the United States next year. ITV director of drama Steve November said: "Churchill's Secret is the extraordinary and compelling story of how one of our country's most famous political figures battled back from life-threatening illness to hold on to power."

Derelict music venue could be brought back to life

The dream of live performances returning to a derelict theatre that once hosted the Beatles could become a reality. Campaigners feared plans to transform the Brighton Hippodrome into a cinema would spell the end of it as a live venue.

Those plans have since been dropped and the site's been bought by the Academy Music Group. They'll spend the next six months comparing options for the building's future. Here's David Fisher from Brighton Hippodrome CIC.


Weird and wonderful fashions on Ascot Ladies' Day

People from across the South have been flocking to Royal Ascot this week for one of the biggest events in the horse racing calandar.

More than 35,000 people go on average each day and, as well as having a flutter, it is of course also about looking fabulous.

Today was Ladies' Day - and the hats on show certainly turned heads. Our very own Rachel Hepworth reports.

Mr Holmes, film about world's most famous detective, filmed in the South

Sir Ian McKellen has played everything from Shakespeare to science fiction and now he takes on a role as famous as anything that's come before.

The actor who gave us Macbeth on stage and Gandalf on screen in the Lord of The Rings saga now takes on the mantle of the world's greatest detective in his new film Mr Holmes. Much of the movie was filmed across the South as he tells our very own Phil Hornby.

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