Discover Bucks Museum

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Discover Bucks Museum, in the historic heart of Aylesbury, is a fascinating place to visit for all ages. Discover Buckinghamshire’s rich heritage of art, history, archaeology, wildlife and geology, together with an exciting programme of exhibitions and events. We're also home to the fabulous Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, where you can crawl along Fantastic Mr Fox’s tunnel, go inside the Giant Peach and let your imagination run wild!

Why not combine your Christmas shopping with a visit to the Museum while you're here! We have some lovely hand made item...
07/12/2023

Why not combine your Christmas shopping with a visit to the Museum while you're here! We have some lovely hand made items from the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild which will make wonderful gifts 🎁.

🚘 FREE PARKING 🚘

Get all your Christmas shopping done at Friars Square and enjoy free parking in our car park from 3.30pm on Thursday 7, 14 & 21 Dec and all day on Sat 9th & 16 Dec 🎁

*You will still need to collect and use your ticket as normal to exit the car park but there will be no payment needed*

This December we're counting down the top 10 gifts children from the 80s were desperately wishing they would receive on ...
07/12/2023

This December we're counting down the top 10 gifts children from the 80s were desperately wishing they would receive on Christmas Day.

At number 10 it's - did you have one of these beauties?

One of the first toy lines to foster a 'collect them all' mentality with a steady release of subtly different figurines (with names like Sunbeam, Posey and Applejack), resulting in 150 million ponies sold during the 1980s.

My Little Pony (Hasbro US 1982 - 1992)

Come and discover more at our exhibition open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm.

www.discoverbucksmuseum.org/whats-on/i-grew-up-80s/

For   in December we’ve chosen an appropriate ‘ ’ theme.Snow by Eric James Mellon is a large oil painting on board. It w...
06/12/2023

For in December we’ve chosen an appropriate ‘ ’ theme.

Snow by Eric James Mellon is a large oil painting on board. It was painted in the winter of 1953-4, in the orchard of the vicarage at looking towards Gawcott, Bucks. Mellon was living there at the time in an artist community known as the Hillesden Group. His fellow artists were Derek Davis, John Clarke, Martina Thomas, Ruth Lambert and Mary Mansfield. It was a bold experiment in communal living and working that lasted from 1951 - 1956. It was here that Mellon and Davis first tried working in ceramics as taught by Clarke.

The art collection also contains studio ceramics by Mellon, Davis and Thomas. Mellon and Martina Thomas later married, and this painting of ‘Snow’ hung in their home. It was left to the museum in Mellon’s will on his death in 2014.

Mel Czapski | Curator of Art

🎄⏲Check out our opening times over the Christmas holidays 🎄⏲The Museum and Roald Dahl Children's Gallery will both be op...
05/12/2023

🎄⏲Check out our opening times over the Christmas holidays 🎄⏲

The Museum and Roald Dahl Children's Gallery will both be open as follows:

Tuesday 19 December - Saturday 23 December OPEN 10am - 4pm

Christmas Eve - closed
Christmas Day - closed
Boxing Day - closed
Wednesday 27 December - closed

Thursday 28 December - Saturday 30 December OPEN 10am - 4pm

New Year’s Eve - closed
New Year’s Day - closed

Tuesday 2 January - Saturday 6 January OPEN 10am - 4pm

Come and see our I Grew Up 80s exhibition and have fun remembering Christmas presents from your 80s childhood in this nostalgia-filled exhibition and get ready to exclaim, ‘I was given that!’

05/12/2023

Next Thursday, 7 December, join us for Carry On Laughing! Book signing and talk with authors Gemma & Robert Ross. 6pm - 8pm.

Come and enjoy an hilarious evening with authors Gemma and Robert Ross as they share stories and rare footage from the Carry On films.

Did you hear Gemma on Woman's Hour on 21 November talking about her new book, if not check it our on BBC Sounds and listen from 47 minutes in.

Did you know that Aylesbury once featured in a Christmas story by the author Rumer Godden? The Story of Holly and Ivy, f...
03/12/2023

Did you know that Aylesbury once featured in a Christmas story by the author Rumer Godden? The Story of Holly and Ivy, first published in 1958, is a warm-hearted Christmas fantasy and was originally set in Aylesbury. The book featured charming drawings inspired by the railway station and Aylesbury Old Town by American illustrator Adrienne Adams, but in the 1980s the name Aylesbury was changed to...

Discover More 👉www.discoverbucksmuseum.org/aylesbury-and-the-christmas-story/

The Story of Holly and Ivy © Rumer Godden 1958, illustrations by Adrienne Adams - Macmillan Children's Books.

If you are a portrait artist then why not apply for the Muir Trust 2024 Residency? Check out all the previous residencie...
03/12/2023

If you are a portrait artist then why not apply for the Muir Trust 2024 Residency? Check out all the previous residencies we have enjoyed at Discover Bucks Museum over the years here: www.discoverbucksmuseum.org/collections/muir-trust-residency/

Image credit: Naomi Ryder, Artist in Residence 2013 © the artist. The 2013 Muir Trust Residency.

Did we mention that your Family Christmas ticket for our Family Christmas Day and Craft Fair on Saturday 2 December incl...
30/11/2023

Did we mention that your Family Christmas ticket for our Family Christmas Day and Craft Fair on Saturday 2 December includes entry to the I Grew Up 80s exhibition!

Have fun remembering Christmas presents from your 80s childhood in this nostalgia-filled exhibition and exclaim, ‘I was given that!’

Discover more 👇
www.discoverbucksmuseum.org/whats-on/family-christmas-day/

  Day 30  Are they an important part of who you are? Did you visit lots as a child but never find the time now? Or perha...
30/11/2023

Day 30

Are they an important part of who you are? Did you visit lots as a child but never find the time now? Or perhaps you’ve never visited a museum.

We hope that over the last month you have seen some of our posts which have ranged from events to items and stories in our collections, to the Portable Antiquities Scheme and exhibitions and hopefully feel you know a little bit more about us.

As a museum we preserve cultural heritage, provide educational programs and workshops, support researchers and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in various fields, provide community enrichment and engagement, inspire creativity by exposing individuals to new ideas, perspectives, and forms of expression and give our visitors a chance to reflect on their past and learn from history.

If you’ve never visited before or come regularly we hope to see you very soon.

What's on this December?

🎄 Family Christmas Day 2 December 11am - 4pm
🦆 Discover Ducks session 14 December for under 5s 10am - 12pm
⚡ I Grew up 80s Exhibition on until 16 March 2024
📚 Roald Dahl Children's Gallery - every Saturday plus 19 - 23 December

www.discoverbucksmuseum.org/

  Day 29  🎄This Saturday 2 Dec, join us for our fabulous Family Christmas Day, 11am - 4pm. We will have lots of Christma...
29/11/2023

Day 29

🎄This Saturday 2 Dec, join us for our fabulous Family Christmas Day, 11am - 4pm.

We will have lots of Christmassy activities for all the family to get involved in. Your ticket will also include entry to the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery and Christmas Craft Fair plus don't forget to visit the I Grew Up 80s exhibition, where you can have fun remembering Christmas presents from your 80s childhood in this nostalgia-filled exhibition and exclaim, ‘I was given that!’

🎫Book your tickets now 👉
https://discoverbucksmuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/53475?catID=52028&

What a brilliant 80s Quiz and Disco Fundraiser we had last Saturday night at Discover Bucks Museum! DJ Dan Blaze dressed...
28/11/2023

What a brilliant 80s Quiz and Disco Fundraiser we had last Saturday night at Discover Bucks Museum! DJ Dan Blaze dressed as Marty McFly acted as MC with over 3 hours of entertainment. 50 contestants in 8 teams travelled back to the 80s, many in 80’s costumes, and enjoyed questions on film, TV, music and events as well as karaoke and fun challenges.

Missed it? Don't worry, for loads more 80s fun make sure you visit the I Grew Up 80s exhibition, on until 16 March 2024.
www.discoverbucksmuseum.org/whats-on/i-grew-up-80s/

This silver coin, known as a denarius, is about the size of a 20p, and is from the reign of the Roman Emperor Vespasian ...
28/11/2023

This silver coin, known as a denarius, is about the size of a 20p, and is from the reign of the Roman Emperor Vespasian (69-79 AD). Vespasian was the final victor of “the year of the four Emperors”, 69 AD, one of the most bloody periods in the early Roman Empire. Four powerful men, in rapid succession, rebelled and declared themselves Emperor, using the troops they controlled to start a series of civil wars.

The four were Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and finally Vespasian – who went on to found a dynasty that ruled until 96 AD. Although not necessarily popular, Vespasian’s reforms helped stop the Empire going bankrupt, and he started a major building programme across the Empire – including beginning construction of the still standing Colosseum in Rome. Unlike many of the early emperors, Vespasian had a connection to Britain – he had been the commander of one of the four Roman Legions that conquered Britain in 43 AD.

On the coin, although it is quite heavily worn, you can clearly read the letters CAES VESP – abbreviations for Caesar Vespasian.

We're so excited to announce that St Mary's Church Choir will be performing at our Family Christmas Day and Craft Fair t...
28/11/2023

We're so excited to announce that St Mary's Church Choir will be performing at our Family Christmas Day and Craft Fair this Saturday 2 December!

It's sure to be a brilliant day for all the family discover more and book your tickets here 👉 https://discoverbucksmuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/53475?catID=52028&

St Mary the Virgin, Aylesbury

A fantastic Christmassy family fun day!

  Day 28   This beautifully engraved gold pendant comes from Dorton, and dates to the 15th century. Jewellery showing re...
28/11/2023

Day 28

This beautifully engraved gold pendant comes from Dorton, and dates to the 15th century. Jewellery showing religious symbols and themes was very common in medieval times, as people felt that it helped them show their devotion to God, and that possibly it would help them get into heaven.

The pendant would have been worn by someone wealthy (poorer people may have worn similar items made in bronze or lead), and shows on one side the Annunciation, the moment in the Christian story where the angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will be the mother of Jesus, son of God. The other side shows St Thomas Beckett, a former archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered and had a shrine at Canterbury cathedral. The pendant may have been worn by someone who had made a pilgrimage to Canterbury to pray at the saint’s shrine, perhaps in the hope of healing from an illness, or to be forgiven for a sin.

  Day 27 -   Buckinghamshire’s woodlands are home to two species of dormice. Both live in trees, have furry tails and hi...
27/11/2023

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Buckinghamshire’s woodlands are home to two species of dormice. Both live in trees, have furry tails and hibernate for half the year but there the similarities end. The smaller Hazel Dormouse is a native species that has sadly become very rare due a reduction in coppiced woodland. By comparison, the larger Edible Dormouse, aka Glis glis, was introduced from Europe to Tring Park by Walter Rothschild in 1902 and has now become very common across the Chilterns. It’s reliance on trees, however, has prevented it spreading further afield. It takes its name, by the way, from the fact that it was considered a delicacy in parts of Europe, most famously by the Romans.

Are you an established portrait artist who is looking for a new challenge? Look no further than the Muir Trust 2024 Resi...
27/11/2023

Are you an established portrait artist who is looking for a new challenge? Look no further than the Muir Trust 2024 Residency here at Discover Bucks Museum.

For all the details and how to apply please head to our website: https://www.discoverbucksmuseum.org/collections/muir-trust-residency/

Deadline for applications is noon on Friday 5 January 2024
Image credit: Lord Carrington by Eileen Hogan, watercolour, 2005 © the artist. The 2005 Muir Trust Residency.

  Day 26 -  Doing a little maintenance in the gallery recently enabled our Keeper of Archaeology to get really close (wi...
26/11/2023

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Doing a little maintenance in the gallery recently enabled our Keeper of Archaeology to get really close (without the glass) to the amazing Anglo-Saxon Lenborough coin hoard again. This picture shows just how fantastic the preservation on these 1000 year old silver coins is.

Although the lettering around the outside looks odd to modern eyes, and there are two letters we don't use anymore, it is actually quite easy to read.

Starting by the bottom left hand prong, and reading clockwise, there is a cross, which shows where the inscription begins. Then the first two letters are the tricky two.

What looks like an E has a small diagonal line before it this is an abbreviated AE - the letters are merged together to form an ash Æ.

Next is a letter that looks like D with a bar across the upright line - this is read as TH.

The rest of the letters are much simpler
E
L
R
Æ(again joined, and partly hidden by the top prong)
D
This ends the first word 'Æthelraed', the king known today as Ethelred 'the Unready'

The next word is REX - Latin for King

And the final word ANGLO - meaning English so the whole message reads 'Ethelred, King of the English'.

The reverse of every one of the 5200 coins has the name of the town it was made in, and the moneyer who made it, under licence from the king. Over 60 different mints appear in the hoard, and these help us see where trade was flowing around the country, and which towns were more, or less, prosperous, during Anglo-Saxon and Viking times.

The Lenborough Hoard is on display in our Discover Bucks Galleries.
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm.

  Day 25 -  Think 80s and you think  , bold colours, bold hairstyles, bold outfits.Tonight we have our 80s Quiz and Disc...
25/11/2023

Day 25 -

Think 80s and you think , bold colours, bold hairstyles, bold outfits.

Tonight we have our 80s Quiz and Disco with DJ Dan Blaze and we can't wait to see all the 80s style outfits!

Fancy it? Book your tickets now: https://discoverbucksmuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/52714?catID=33543

As part of the event you can visit our fantastic exhibition to reminisce, just get ready to exclaim 'I remember that!'

  Day 24 -  Foliate Head Scarf, designed by John Piper, silk, 1984. This silk square was designed for Christie's Contemp...
24/11/2023

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Foliate Head Scarf, designed by John Piper, silk, 1984.

This silk square was designed for Christie's Contemporary Art and produced as a limited edition of 225. Foliate heads were a favorite design motif for Piper who was fascinated by medieval church architecture, especially the detailed carvings found on pew ends, choir stalls, capitals and roof bosses. For him, the carved foliate heads held a deep significance - the lingering expression of folk memories of the ‘Green Man’, a pagan image absorbed into the fabric of Christian churches.

Aren't these gorgeous, great for stocking fillers 🍫
24/11/2023

Aren't these gorgeous, great for stocking fillers 🍫

  Day 23  We have a very exciting temporary exhibition on at the moment called  . Watch Matt Fox, the exhibition curator...
23/11/2023

Day 23
We have a very exciting temporary exhibition on at the moment called . Watch Matt Fox, the exhibition curator and collector descibe some of the iconic posters. All made pre-photoshop days.

I Grew Up 80s is on until 16 March 2024 at Discover Bucks Museum. We're open 10am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday.

https://youtu.be/fj4Uvx9uaKE?si=sO04V2-vSWunkrH5

Discover more 👉www.discoverbucksmuseum.org/whats-on/i-grew-up-80s/

Watch Matt Fox, curator and collector of the I Grew Up 80s Exhibition on now at Discover Bucks Museum until 16 March 2024, discuss iconic 80's Movie Posters....

  Day 22  Join Steve Nallon as he takes you on a journey into The World of the Time Travel Tale this Saturday 25 Novembe...
22/11/2023

Day 22

Join Steve Nallon as he takes you on a journey into The World of the Time Travel Tale this Saturday 25 November 1pm - 3pm.

Time travel stories on television had been popular since the 60s and 70s – Doctor Who, The Tomorrow People, Time Tunnel, Catweazle, Sapphire and Steel – but it was the 80s that became the decade for time travel in the movies, with huge blockbuster hits such as Back to the Future and The Terminator. Steve Nallon’s talk TELLING THE TALES OF TIME looks at the reasons for the success of these time travel yarns and, with a brand new series of Doctor Who upon us, why such tales are still just as popular today. So buckle up time travellers and come with us on our time travel ride – past, present and future!

Book your tickets now, Saturday 25 November 1pm -3pm. Ticket includes access to the and the rest of the Museum!

https://discoverbucksmuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/52842?catID=33543

November’s   theme for   has led me to Buckinghamshire’s oldest tree. The image shown here is of a herbarium sheet colle...
21/11/2023

November’s theme for has led me to Buckinghamshire’s oldest tree. The image shown here is of a herbarium sheet collected from the Ankerwycke Yew (with the permission of the National Trust). This tree is estimated to be 2,500 years old and stands on the north side of the Thames opposite Runnymede, a location now inseparable from the signing of in 1215. This ‘Great Charter’ was written and signed to end a major feud between King John and a group of rebel barons unhappy with the Kings spiralling tax demands to fund his war with France. Although described as taking place at Runnymede, the exact spot isn’t specified leading some to speculate that it may have taken place under the shade of the Ankerwycke Yew on Magna Carta Island. Although this took place over 800 years ago, the yew, even then, would have been an imposing tree and significant feature in the landscape. Today, my claim for the Ankerwycke yew being Buckinghamshire’s oldest tree may be slightly undermined by the fact that it now lies within the county of Berkshire, however, this only resulted from redrawing of county boundaries 49 years ago, a mere blink of the eye in life of this ancient yew.

Keeper of Natural History at Discover Bucks Museum

  Day 21 -  Recording finds onto the  database is just the start when it comes to expanding our archaeological knowledge...
21/11/2023

Day 21 -

Recording finds onto the database is just the start when it comes to expanding our archaeological knowledge of . Once recorded the finds can be used for research, and the uses them for education and discussion at different events and talks. It’s great to talk to the public about what is being found in the county, and connect people with their history and community. It’s always interesting to see how objects can provoke discussion about a range of different topics and be used to challenge our understanding of the past.


Pictures shown:

1 - Roman roads with Roman finds plotted across Buckinghamshire

2 - FLO giving a Roman finds session at Discover Bucks Museum

3 - Roman figurine of Mercury

What a day, thank you all for making it so special!
20/11/2023

What a day, thank you all for making it so special!

  Day 20 -   LGBTrees by Emma Prill, digital print, 2019 The artist, a local transgender woman, is celebrating her LGBTQ...
20/11/2023

Day 20 -

LGBTrees by Emma Prill, digital print, 2019
The artist, a local transgender woman, is celebrating her LGBTQ community by using the colours of the rainbow flag in a stylised Bucks landscape. The original flag was designed in 1978 for a Pride parade in San Francisco. The colours are symbolic: red = life, orange = healing, yellow = sunlight, green = nature, blue = peace, violet = spirit.

This Saturday we have something for everyone!📍 10am - 3pm Archaeological Finds DayVisitors will be able to handle object...
20/11/2023

This Saturday we have something for everyone!

📍 10am - 3pm Archaeological Finds Day
Visitors will be able to handle objects which range from the Palaeolithic to the post medieval period.

📍 1pm - 3pm 80s Telling the Tales of Time
Are you a fan? Discover all about time travel and the enduring appeal in Steve Nallon's Book signing and Talk.

📍 7pm - 10pm 80’s Quiz & Disco With Dan Blaze
Get ready to party with award winning entertainer, DJ Dan Blaze in our special 80s Quiz and Disco!

👉Discover more and book now at: www.discoverbucksmuseum.org

  Day 19 -    Did you know upstairs, in the Imagination Gallery of the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery, like Roald Dahl’s ...
20/11/2023

Day 19 -
Did you know upstairs, in the Imagination Gallery of the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery, like Roald Dahl’s world, things are turned upside-down, people can grow and shrink, and things are not always what they seem.

You can even freeze your own shadow in the shadow booth!

Have you discovered it for yourself yet? Open every Saturday 10am - 4pm plus Bucks School holidays:

📅 Tuesday 19 December - Friday 22 December 2023
📅 Wednesday 27 December - Friday 29 December 2023
📅 Tuesday 2 January - Friday 5 January 2024

What is the Muir Trust?The Muir Trust was founded in 1997 by local artist Jane Muir, in memory of her husband, Alastair....
19/11/2023

What is the Muir Trust?

The Muir Trust was founded in 1997 by local artist Jane Muir, in memory of her husband, Alastair. It provides an endowment for a short residency programme to support established artists in the field of visual and applied arts as Artist in Residence at Discover Bucks Museum on a biennial basis.

In practical terms the purpose of the residency is to widen the artistic experience and deepen the understanding of the general public through direct contact with an established working artist. It also provides the opportunity for an artist with a developed style to experiment and take their work in new directions.

We’re currently advertising for an established portrait artist to be the 2024 Artist in Residence.

Find out more here: https://www.discoverbucksmuseum.org/collections/muir-trust-residency/

The Muir Trust was founded in 1997 by local artist Jane Muir, in memory of her husband, Alastair. It provides an endowment for a short residency programme

  Day 18 -   Our Community Gallery is a wonderful space with an ever changing schedule of exhibitions. In the last 12 mo...
18/11/2023

Day 18 -
Our Community Gallery is a wonderful space with an ever changing schedule of exhibitions. In the last 12 months we have had:

Wellbeing Community Art Exhibition
Reflections
Marteene Pringle

And right now we have a wonderful installation Diwali Festival of Lights - Rangoli Project created by Preet Kaur Cox (START St Albans Rainbow Trail) .

Preet reflected on the project: “The Diwali Festival of Lights - Rangoli project has given me an opportunity to work alongside several communities within
uckinghamshire. The project inspiration derived from a combination of personal memories such as creating rangoli designs with my mother at an early age, the museums store collection, identity, my love for colour and pattern and communities uniting through creativity.

Participants have been exploring Rangoli, the ancient Indian art form and its
significance during Diwali, The Festival of Lights. They have created their own unique
rangoli inspired mandalas which make up the larger installation. It became apparent
to me again whilst facilitating the workshops on how powerful the rangoli inspired
mandalas also are as a creative mindfulness activity.

The installation is a creative community celebration of Diwali, Festival of Lights. It’s a
tapestry of self-expression and connection with community and creativity at the heart
of the project whilst appreciating Indian heritage, customs, and traditions sensitively.
It has been a joy to witness participants co-creating together, enjoying the process
of mark making, drawing, colouring, and decorating through self-expression whilst
learning about Diwali, the Festival of Lights and Rangoli. Many of the participants felt
inspired to continue to create similar designs in their own time.

This collaborative project with Discover Bucks Museum forms a very special celebration of Diwali, Festival of Lights through the unity of communities connecting creatively together. It has been a pleasure to work with Discover Bucks Museum, the participants and to see the project come to life.”

  Day 17 -  At Roald Dahl Children's Gallery it's all about  -on discovery and amazing science inspired by  ’s stories. ...
17/11/2023

Day 17 -
At Roald Dahl Children's Gallery it's all about -on discovery and amazing science inspired by ’s stories. This unique Gallery, housed in a charming old coach house, is a short walk across the courtyard from the main museum building. The Gallery is on two floors and from the entrance foyer you can either go directly into the Discover Gallery or take the stairs up to the Imagination Gallery on the first floor. You can also, like Charlie and W***y Wonka, travel through space in the Great Glass Elevator between the two floors.

Have you discovered it for yourself yet? Open every Saturday 10am - 4pm plus Bucks School holidays:

📅 Tuesday 19 December - Friday 22 December 2023
📅 Wednesday 27 December - Friday 29 December 2023
📅 Tuesday 2 January - Friday 5 January 2024

  Day 16 -  A big part of recording for The Portable Antiquities Scheme is the use of  , as it helps us to capture the d...
16/11/2023

Day 16 -
A big part of recording for The Portable Antiquities Scheme is the use of , as it helps us to capture the details of the finds recorded in by the Bucks Finds Liaison Officer. The find is photographed then photoshopped, before it is added to the PAS database. The image allows researchers to see the details of the object, which can then be used in publications and papers. Just one small find can add to the archaeological knowledge of Buckinghamshire, and change the way we look at history.

The first photo is the find under the camera and lights – this is part of a Roman key. The second photo is showing the photoshopping an object, it is a medieval coin.

Time travel stories on television had been popular since the 60s and 70s –  ,  ,  ,  ,   – but it was the 80s that becam...
16/11/2023

Time travel stories on television had been popular since the 60s and 70s – , , , , – but it was the 80s that became the decade for time travel in the movies, with huge blockbuster hits such as and .

Steve Nallon’s talk on Saturday 25 November, 1-3pm TELLING THE TALES OF TIME, looks at the reasons for the success of these time travel yarns and, with a brand new series of Doctor Who upon us, why such tales are still just as popular today.

So buckle up time travellers and come with us on our time travel ride – past, present and future! Book your tickets today at https://discoverbucksmuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/52842?catID=33543

View Steve Nallon Book Signing & Talk - 25th Nov from Discover Bucks Museum.

Check out the wonderful lineup for Holy Cow Community 's Festival of Lights taking place this Sunday 19 November at Disc...
16/11/2023

Check out the wonderful lineup for Holy Cow Community 's Festival of Lights taking place this Sunday 19 November at Discover Bucks Museum. We can't wait!

This year the entry includes the newly refurbished ground floor galleries at Discover Bucks Museum where you can also see Community Rangoli Installation. There will once again be Bollywood, Gharba, Dandiya, Yoga Rave interactive sessions and performances, lots of community performances, Dhol Drummers, -Live cooking South Indian cuisine- Dosa stand, North Indian street food, Holy Cow Community fundraiser stall Chai & Samosa, info and Retail stalls. Brit Ponds - Ecosystem Ponds & Water Features are sponsoring the message in a boat t’lights activity Festive Road will be there with Harminder the perambulating elephant and lantern making workshop, don’t forget to try on and see the many beautifully crafted saris, lehenga and other Indian outfits. Much of this has been made possible by the generosity of our partners Discover Bucks Museum Holy Cow Home & Holy Cow Tea, Photohello Rothschild Foundation Admiral George Anson Oxford Business College William Harding Charitable Trust, Heritage Fund, and the many visitors who have booked a ticket and donated 🙏 Bringing communities together to celebrate 🎊

  Day 15 -      William Rickford MP by William Hudson, watercolour on panel, 1818                                       ...
15/11/2023

Day 15 -
William Rickford MP by William Hudson, watercolour on panel, 1818

William Rickford (1768-1854) was one of Aylesbury’s most distinguished citizens. This portrait shows him in his study at Green End House on Rickford’s Hill. His hand rests on the invitation from the Aylesbury electors to stand as their first Independent MP. The Empire style frame dates from the same time and has always been with the portrait. It is of gilded wood, with a high external edge descending in a wide curve. The four mitred corners are decorated with floral sprays and shells. The elaborate frame indicates the importance of the portrait to the Rickford family.

Discover how a Bronze Age sword was cast then come and see the real thing in our Discover Bucks galleries.Open Tuesday -...
15/11/2023

Discover how a Bronze Age sword was cast then come and see the real thing in our Discover Bucks galleries.

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm.

Watch the making of a replica of the Ivinghoe sword at The Ridgeway National Trail’s 50th anniversary celebrations on Coombe Hill in 2023. The Ivinghoe sword...

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Bucks County Museum, in the historic heart of Aylesbury, is a fascinating place to visit for all ages. Discover Buckinghamshire’s rich heritage of art, history, archaeology, wildlife and geology, together with an exciting programme of exhibitions and events. Visit the fabulous Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery at Buckinghamshire County Museum, where you can crawl along Fantastic Mr Fox’s tunnel, go inside the Giant Peach and let your imagination run wild!


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