Eynsham Museum & Heritage Centre

Eynsham Museum & Heritage Centre Eynsham Museum and Heritage Centre is a Registered Charity No. 1197006.

Eynsham Museum & Heritage Centre (EMHC) aims to establish a museum in the village, to display the history of this special place, and provide an inspiration for future generations.

The Eynsham Museum & Heritage Centre opens tomorrow!Come along and see our first temporary exhibition ‘Eynsham’s Lost Ra...
04/08/2023

The Eynsham Museum & Heritage Centre opens tomorrow!

Come along and see our first temporary exhibition ‘Eynsham’s Lost Railway’ with the wonderful model created by David Thomas, and learn about the history of the railway in the village.

The new website is also up and running, where you can learn more about our aims, and donate towards the future of the museum: https://eynshammuseum.org.uk

Open 11am to 4pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

EYNSHAM MUSEUM .........COMING SOON!                              Are you good with computers and would like to voluntee...
10/11/2022

EYNSHAM MUSEUM .........COMING SOON!

Are you good with computers and would like to volunteer a bit of time to help your community? We need you on a small team to help us set up a Website!!
We would really appreciate some technical help and advice please!
You can contact us via Messenger or email: [email protected]

25/10/2022

The Eynsham Museum & Heritage Centre Project is nearly there!

Do you remember Eynsham’s amazing Heritage Day back in March this year?
Hundreds of you came and got a taste of what the proposed Eynsham Museum & Heritage Centre might have to offer, enjoying activities and exhibits related to our rich history and heritage.

The project is getting closer to reality! The key to the Bartholomew Room in the Square should soon be ours.

The serious planning starts now and a top priority is a new website. We think there must be some smart computer experts out there who might be willing to join a small team of volunteers to help us set this up.

We would really appreciate some technical help and advice please!
You can contact us via Messenger or email- [email protected]

Exciting news! Eynsham Heritage Day has won an award!.Last week, Steve Parrinder from Eynsham Museum & Heritage Centre a...
06/10/2022

Exciting news! Eynsham Heritage Day has won an award!.
Last week, Steve Parrinder from Eynsham Museum & Heritage Centre and Angie Bolton from Oxfordshire Museums Service, went to Nottingham University to accept an award from the Society for Museum Archaeology for 'Engagement and/or Collaboration Project' on behalf of all those involved in organising Eynsham's Heritage Day. .
This is fantastic news and will also help with the next steps in setting up the museum, as well as showing what we in Eynsham can achieve. Thank you to everyone who turned out over the Heritage weekend, was so enthusiastic and helped make it all such a success..
The judges were all very impressed with the project. Here are a few of their quotes:
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“I liked the focus on a single locality and use of archaeology as a tool to help manage change within the community. The outputs are impressive and mutually beneficial. As trial project it is good to see it may be adopted to help model further initiatives”.
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“This application demonstrates a multi-faceted project that has thoughtfully and successfully engaged a local community with its heritage in innovative and engaging ways. The range of activities designed showed a commitment to reaching different demographics within a community, creating a mix of one-off events as well as elements with legacy benefit (photographs to be linked to museum records)”..
“This project demonstrated both a significant and in-depth engagement with audiences through the archaeological collections and a contribution to the support and longevity of archaeological collections management. The volunteer engagement with the collection provided notable support for the development of digital database and resources and supported engagement with the wider location community. The additional 3D models, pop-up exhibitions, and heritage open day tours highlight the wide reach of the project beyond the initial group of engaged volunteers and co-curators. It represents an excellent model to trail at other institutions on similar sized projects”.

The Eynsham AngelThe Eynsham museum and heritage centre profile image and logo is taken from a 14th/15th century stone c...
22/05/2022

The Eynsham Angel

The Eynsham museum and heritage centre profile image and logo is taken from a 14th/15th century stone carved Angel with heraldic shield. First mentioned by Thomas Hearne in the 18th century it was later relocated to the Vicarage, where it was drawn by A.E.Cobb c.1870

The stone angel was originally made to slot into a wall and support a structure springing from its back (as shown in image 3)

There are other examples of ‘springers’ around the village, such as the ‘cairns’ in Market Square, Abbey Street and the Recreation Ground (see image 4).

Image 1: Stone carved angel (image by ) currently in store at Oxfordshire Museums Service Resource Centre in Standlake.

Image 2: Drawing made at ‘Eynsham Old Rectory’ by Alfred F. Cobb c.1870,, showing the ‘Eynsham Angel’ (original manuscript in

Image 3: Photo showing an angel supporting a vaulting springer on the north wall of the cloister at Worcester Cathedral.

Image 4: Vaulting springer in the Market Square ‘cairn’, Eynsham

Information and images 2,3 &4, from ‘The Lost Abbey of Eynsham’ by Steve Parrinder. Book available to buy - message us for details.

Did you know Eynsham used to have an Abbey?The first abbey was established in 1005, and closed in 1538 during the Dissol...
04/05/2022

Did you know Eynsham used to have an Abbey?

The first abbey was established in 1005, and closed in 1538 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

There are remnants of the abbey all around the village, in the most unexpected places, and some artefacts are kept at the Oxfordshire Museums Service Resource Centre in Standlake.

Images 1 & 2: Sketch by Anthony Wood of the inside of the Eynsham Abbey church looking west, shortly before its final demolition after 1657. Original manuscript in the

Image 3: The ground plan of Eynsham’s Norman Abbey, and it’s Saxon predecessor in relation to St Leonard’s and St Peter’s churches today - from ‘The Lost Abbey of Eynsham’ by Steve Parrinder. Book available to buy - message us for details.
(Image adapted by Paul Hughes from the leaflet ‘Eynsham Abbey; Archaeological Site Trail’ by Martin Flatman and Paul Hughes.)

Image 4: Detail of the north west tower of Eynsham Abbey drawn by Anthony Wood in the 1650’s. Original manuscript in the

Angie, the Curator of Archaeology for the Oxfordshire Museums Resource Centre, is posting some ‘virtual exhibitions’ on ...
23/03/2022

Angie, the Curator of Archaeology for the Oxfordshire Museums Resource Centre, is posting some ‘virtual exhibitions’ on Twitter, sharing some of the items which were on display at the Heritage Day on Saturday, starting with the Medieval pottery from Eynsham Abbey here...

https://twitter.com/oxonmrc/status/1503365432216068097?s=21

“ : Straddling the boundaries of St. Peter’s and St. Leonard’s churches, in , is the Abbey. Built on the site of an settlement in the 11th century, the Abbey prospered & thrived until the Dissolution in December 1538.”

Thank you to everyone who came along yesterday and made our first Heritage Day a huge success. Over 400 people came to s...
20/03/2022

Thank you to everyone who came along yesterday and made our first Heritage Day a huge success. Over 400 people came to see the exhibition in the Bartholomew Rooms, and there were an average of 75 people on each of the four tours!

Special thanks to Steve and Martin for the tours, Victoria for her talks on St Leonard’s church, Tim and Cate for holding fort in the Bartholomew Rooms all day, and to Lindsay, Angie, the two Naomi’s and the team from the Museums Resource Centre who worked so hard putting the day together, brought along some amazing objects, and ran the handling sessions and family activities.
Thanks also to Eynsham Library and Evenlode DIY for hosting pop-up displays in their windows.

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