'The exquisite Graeco-Roman museum designed by Charles Cockerell reveals its subtle, yet major, extension and transformation in the autumn. It has been given the once over by Rick Mather, the meticulous modern architect previously given the tricky job of extending Sir John Soane's precious Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. There will be 100% more display space along with teaching rooms, conservation galleries and an education centre'

This £61 million scheme for Britain's oldest museum will provide 100% more display space, an education centre, conservation studios, teaching rooms, study galleries and discovery areas. Extensive new galleries will be created, linked by a new primary route, uniting the full collection both horizontally and vertically and allowing the visitor to quickly comprehend, use and enjoy the whole museum.

The museum is currently closed with redevelopment work completing in November 2009.