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Come and see Geoff Dunbar’s exquisite collection of cartoons currently displayed at Abingdon Museum until 23rd December ...
09/12/2023

Come and see Geoff Dunbar’s exquisite collection of cartoons currently displayed at Abingdon Museum until 23rd December and get your limited edition print of Abingdon Caricatures!
You might recognise some of the contemporary Abingdon folks or even yourself featured in one of the comics.

If we will have a white Christmas this year we might see many photos similar to this snow scene of the Long Alley Almsho...
08/12/2023

If we will have a white Christmas this year we might see many photos similar to this snow scene of the Long Alley Almshouse viewed from garden in the early 20th century. ❄️❄️❄️

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Abingdon Museum! 🎄
05/12/2023

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Abingdon Museum! 🎄

‘...any resemblance to people living or otherwise, is purely coincidental, sez the Artist…’Animator Geoff Dunbar will be...
01/12/2023

‘...any resemblance to people living or otherwise, is purely coincidental, sez the Artist…’

Animator Geoff Dunbar will be producing a limited edition of prints to complement his exhibition 'Comic Recollections' featuring caricatures of Abingdon past and present.
Come and see his exquisite collection of cartoons currently displayed at the Museum and ask at the reception for more information on how to order your signed print.

30/11/2023
For   today's theme   we are sharing the smallest object we have come across so far in our gallery. A tiny penny coin mi...
28/11/2023

For today's theme we are sharing the smallest object we have come across so far in our gallery. A tiny penny coin minted during the Commonwealth period. English coins usually show the head of the monarch, but this penny has the shield of St George.

In this interview animator and cartoonist Geoff Dunbar speaks about the inspiration behind his exhibition 'Comic Recolle...
24/11/2023

In this interview animator and cartoonist Geoff Dunbar speaks about the inspiration behind his exhibition 'Comic Recollections', his memories of Abingdon and the characters that left an impression.

Geoff Dunbar’s exquisite collection of cartoons is displayed at Abingdon Museum until 23rd December 2023.

Geoff Dunbar is an animator, film director and cartoonist that has made award winning feature length animations, hugely successful musical collaborations wit...

21/11/2023
Gareth Howell's talk '1943 - The Reich in Retreat' is now available on our YouTube Channel.
21/11/2023

Gareth Howell's talk '1943 - The Reich in Retreat' is now available on our YouTube Channel.

The next installment of Gareth Howell's story of WW2. Starting with the Battles of Stalingrad and El Alamein and across the grey expanse of the Atlantic Axis...

Do you think that chap drawn on the left resembles someone at the museum? 🤔😂Geoff Dunbar’s exquisite collection of carto...
17/11/2023

Do you think that chap drawn on the left resembles someone at the museum? 🤔😂

Geoff Dunbar’s exquisite collection of cartoons are displayed at Abingdon Museum until 23rd December 2023.
This exhibition ‘Comic Recollections, from the pen of Geoff Dunbar’, displays the author’s drawings based on his comic recollections and School Day characters from his past, as well as some contemporary Abingdon folk, and we are very happy that some of the Museum Staff is featured in this amazing exhibition.

Hand wooden printing block and print 👉Printing is a long established industry in Abingdon. Over the centuries, local pri...
17/11/2023

Hand wooden printing block and print 👉
Printing is a long established industry in Abingdon. Over the centuries, local printers have produced newspaper, books, advertisement, posters and even banknotes. As new printing presses have been developed, wooden printing blocks and copper plates are no longer used.

     📷Photograph taken on Remembrance Day in 1936 at the War Memorial, Abingdon.
11/11/2023


📷Photograph taken on Remembrance Day in 1936 at the War Memorial, Abingdon.

This Friday, 10th November, at 7 pm at the Amey Theatre, Gareth Howell will returns to recount the events of WW2.To book...
09/11/2023

This Friday, 10th November, at 7 pm at the Amey Theatre, Gareth Howell will returns to recount the events of WW2.
To book your seats please visit https://www.abingdon.org.uk/.../1943-the-reich-in-retreat/
There is a discount option 'buy one ticket and get one 50% off' using the code MUSEUM50 at checkout. Please note that it applies once per transaction.

If you'd like to see Gareth Howell's previous talks, please visit our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com//featured

This Friday, 10th November, at 7 pm at the Amey Theatre, Gareth Howell will returns to recount the events of WW2.To book...
09/11/2023

This Friday, 10th November, at 7 pm at the Amey Theatre, Gareth Howell will returns to recount the events of WW2.
To book your seats please visit https://www.abingdon.org.uk/.../1943-the-reich-in-retreat/
There is a discount option 'buy one ticket and get one 50% off' using the code MUSEUM50 at checkout. Please note that it applies once per transaction.

If you'd like to see Gareth Howell's previous talks, please visit our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com//featured

History advisor Gareth Howell will be continuing his WW2 talk series on Friday 10th November at the Amey Theatre at 7pm.
Book your tickets here: https://www.abingdon.org.uk/sports-and-leisure/performance/1943-the-reich-in-retreat/
For discount please use code: MUSEUM50

As today's theme for   is  , we're sharing this copper measure for tasting beer 🍺Copper containers were used in the brew...
09/11/2023

As today's theme for is , we're sharing this copper measure for tasting beer 🍺
Copper containers were used in the brewing process for many years, as they did not taint the flavour of the brew.
Nowadays stainless steel and plastic have taken over from many of the traditional copper utensils.

09/11/2023

One Million Catalogue Records Online

Heritage Search, Oxfordshire County Council’s comprehensive catalogue of heritage resources, has broken the 1,000,000 barrier, with the publication of over 17,000 new records taken from our Peculiar Wills list and Oxford Building Plans index - https://heritagesearch.oxfordshire.gov.uk/indexes?category=lists.
Since the launch of Heritage Search, we have been working to expand and develop further the site and content, and new information is constantly being added.
Look out for upcoming posts about these two new indexes, and for news of additional resources.

    Talk by Gareth Howell tomorrow at 7pm at the Amey Theatre. Advance booking is available through their website at htt...
07/11/2023

Talk by Gareth Howell tomorrow at 7pm at the Amey Theatre.
Advance booking is available through their website at https://www.abingdon.org.uk/sports-and-leisure/performance/1943-the-reich-in-retreat/
but walk-in tickets will be available.

If you'd like to see Gareth Howell's previous talks, please visit our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com//featured

History advisor Gareth Howell will be continuing his WW2 talk series on Friday 10th November at the Amey Theatre at 7pm.
Book your tickets here: https://www.abingdon.org.uk/sports-and-leisure/performance/1943-the-reich-in-retreat/
For discount please use code: MUSEUM50

“Firstly thank you for this glorious invitation to once again display a collection of my drawings in the Abingdon Museum...
04/11/2023

“Firstly thank you for this glorious invitation to once again display a collection of my drawings in the Abingdon Museum. This time basing them on Comic Recollections and School Day characters from my past, as well as some contemporary Abingdon folk. Abingdon is a wonderful generous riverside town with many delightful characteristics and facilities and I have the pleasure of living here most of my life. I suppose you could call me a true Abingdonian. It’s a great pleasure to produce this collection of cartoons, it is done with true affection and respect.”
Geoff Dunbar, 2023.

'Comic Recollections, from the pen of Geoff Dunbar' exhibition is at Abingdon Museum until 23rd December 2023

As you get your spooky costume ready for Halloween, you may wonder whether anything witchy ever happened in Abingdon. An...
31/10/2023

As you get your spooky costume ready for Halloween, you may wonder whether anything witchy ever happened in Abingdon. And yes, there is a definitely witchy story connected with Abingdon. In 1579 four women from Windsor were tried at the Berkshire Assizes in Abingdon for having caused several deaths through witchcraft. Who were they, what did they do, and what happened to them? Read all about it in our latest blogpost:

It’s Halloween today, and as you put on your pointy witches’ hat and take out your broomstick to go trick-or-treating, you may wonder: were there ever any actual witches in Abingdon? The answer is …

Sharing the longcase clock by Thomas Denton (mid-18th century) as a reminder that the clocks have gone back an hour toda...
29/10/2023

Sharing the longcase clock by Thomas Denton (mid-18th century) as a reminder that the clocks have gone back an hour today and the days start drawing in...

This clock was recently acquired by Abingdon Museum, a kind donation from Sir Hugo Brunner.
Non much is known about Thomas Denton, but as the advertisement for his business shows, his shop was 'near the Market House’ (i.e the County Hall) – perhaps on the High Street.

The case has an oriental design in a technique called ‘japaning’, a European imitation of East Asian laquerwork. The clockface by contrast has a baroque design, with leafy scrolls and putti.

29/10/2023

Following our launch last night (which included a countdown and a big button) Manuscripts and Archives at Oxford University is live!

Easily search descriptions of Manuscripts and Archives held at the Bodleian and some Oxford colleges, from across 11 online catalogues!
marco.ox.ac.uk

Last weekend to view the exhibition ABINGDON: The Upside TownThe unseen (complete or fragmented) is often seemingly hidd...
28/10/2023

Last weekend to view the exhibition ABINGDON: The Upside Town

The unseen (complete or fragmented) is often seemingly hidden within our everyday environment. It is with this in mind that this art exhibition, by three local artists, will focus not on the objects we possess, and thus give historical meaning to, but those which are potentially unobserved but still bound within our daily lives. Found in and around Abingdon these artefacts are sources of inspiration and modified by the individual artists to be put on display until 29th October 2023.

28/10/2023

Help us ! Donate to the Friends of Abingdon Abbey Buildings Trust and support the maintenance of this incredible historic centre.

Together we can keep the traditions alive 🙏 Donate now: https://cstu.io/de9837

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Thank you to everyone who came to our Astronomy event yesterday and many thanks to the members of the Abingdon Astronomi...
27/10/2023

Thank you to everyone who came to our Astronomy event yesterday and many thanks to the members of the Abingdon Astronomical Society for making this possible.
We were so lucky to have such perfect weather and a clear night sky to observe the Moon and Jupiter!
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We hope to repeat this event soon so please visit our website for any upcoming events at the museum. https://www.abingdon.gov.uk/abingdon-county-hall-museum

Star gazing from Abingdon Museum Roof Terrace thanks to the Abingdon Astronomical Society! 🌠🔭🌌
26/10/2023

Star gazing from Abingdon Museum Roof Terrace thanks to the Abingdon Astronomical Society! 🌠🔭🌌

Astronomy event tonight at Abingdon Museum! We are open until 9pm!
26/10/2023

Astronomy event tonight at Abingdon Museum!
We are open until 9pm!

Don't miss the astronomy event this evening at Abingdon Museum!The museum will be specially opened from 7:30pm to 9pm to...
26/10/2023

Don't miss the astronomy event this evening at Abingdon Museum!
The museum will be specially opened from 7:30pm to 9pm to host the Abingdon Astronomical Society members. They will talk about their activities and display objects to look and learn from and possibly even a meteorite collection.
The weather looks good so far for this evening so there will be a high chance to set up a telescope on the roof terrace for night sky observation! 🌃 🔭⭐️🪐

Join us this October halfterm for a familyfun craft activity on Wednesday 25th, an halloween trail and find the spookies...
21/10/2023

Join us this October halfterm for a familyfun craft activity on Wednesday 25th, an halloween trail and find the spookiest objects in the museum galleries, and special evening event on Thursday 26th from 7:30pm with the Abingdon Astronomical Society!
More info at www.abingdonmuseum.com

Check out all events coming up at Abingdon Museum this month! Visit our website for more information at http://abingdonmuseum.com

🎟️Entry at the Museum is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. There is only a small charge to visit the roof terrace (£2 adults & £1 children).

As we are getting closer to Halloween, our thoughts are turning to magic, sorcery and witchcraft. In our collection is a...
20/10/2023

As we are getting closer to Halloween, our thoughts are turning to magic, sorcery and witchcraft. In our collection is a pair of shoes, found together with a little bowl hidden under the stairs of a house in central Abingdon. What were they doing there? Were they supposed to work some magic on the house? Read all about it in our latest blogpost, about the magic of hidden objects.

In 2007, a passer-by spotted an odd-looking shoe in a builders’ skip outside No 8, Market Place. They picked it up and took it to the museum. The then curator Lauren Gilmour immediately went to the…

Geoff Dunbar's exquisite collection of cartoons are exhibited in the Sessions Gallery of Abingdon Museum. This exhibitio...
12/10/2023

Geoff Dunbar's exquisite collection of cartoons are exhibited in the Sessions Gallery of Abingdon Museum.
This exhibition is displaying the author's drawings based on his comic recollections and School Day characters from his past, as well as some contemporary Abingdon folk.

12/10/2023

New lecture date just landed 👇

Free online webinar from renowned Roman specialist and Current Archaeology Magazine’s Archaeologist of the Year winner, Professor Hella Eckardt.

Hella’s work explores the relationship between Roman consumption of objects, and their expression of power and identity. November’s talk will focus on Roman literacy and writing equipment. Book your place here: https://www.tinyurl.com/romanwritingandpower

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Welcome to Abingdon Museum

Located in the historic centre of Abingdon, the County Hall - formerly the County Assize Courts of Berkshire - houses the town’s museum. Completed in 1682 by Christopher Kempster, a colleague of Sir Christopher Wren, the County Hall stands as a landmark arcaded free-standing classical civic hall and in 1920 was first opened to the public as a museum. The County Hall has also been a venue for entertainment and since 1761 the venue for the traditional ‘bun throwing’ to commemorate royal events.

The museum re-opened in 2012 after extensive building restoration work and redisplay of the museum collections as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project.


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