Christmas videos have become a bit of a tradition in recent years for UK universities, providing them with a simple, eye-catching way of offering best wishes to both students and the wider public.

But the Xmas video served up by Oxford University in the dying days of 2013 has broken the mould, with its animated antiquities continuing to rack up the YouTube hits well into January.

The video depicts a night at Oxford’s very own Ashmolean Museum, named after Elias Ashmole, who donated a whole host of artefacts to the University in the 17th century.

Paintings start speaking, pots start piping and statues get a little fruity, in a slightly madcap bit of animation which brings to mind Terry Gilliam’s old Monty Python interludes.

An undeniably novel way to show off the Ashmolean’s collections, since going online in mid-December, the video has picked up more than 200,000 views.

Curiously, the video shares a bit of DNA with Beauty, the sumptuous animation created by Italian artist Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, which brings master paintings to life.

Already seen more than 2million times on Vimeo, this is as good an excuse as any to post it here on the Spectre-blog.

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