Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum Welcome to the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, UK Last admission 4.15pm. (Updated 31/03/2022)
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Museum Opening Times:

Tuesday to Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturdays 11am - 5pm
Sundays 2pm - 5pm. Admission Prices:

Adult (Standard): £6.50
Concessions (Over 60s, Students, Armed Forces): £5.50
Child (5 - 16 yrs): £3.50
Annual Passes, Family and Group ticket offers also available. Visit the museum's permanent galleries which include:

Battles of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
The Oxfor

dshire Yeomanry and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen
The Secret War 1939 - 1945
Prisoners of War: At Home and Abroad
Winston Churchil and the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars
Oxfordshire Airpower: The Airmen and Airfields
Blood and War: Life on the Front Line
The 21st Century Soldier - Modern Conflict

Walk through a re-created Great War trench dugout, sit inside a replica section of a D-Day Horsa Glider, have a go at code breaking and much more with interactive exhibits for all ages.

Big thanks to our speaker, Aldon, and to everyone who watched, commented and donated during our last talk for 2023! 🙏 Mi...
06/12/2023

Big thanks to our speaker, Aldon, and to everyone who watched, commented and donated during our last talk for 2023! 🙏

Missed out? Catch up now at https://buff.ly/3yVEjYF

That should keep you busy over the break, but here's what you have to look forward to in the New Year:

Unarmed, Unafraid... but not alone!You can join the audience for Military Aerial Reconnaissance and Oxfordshire with Ald...
05/12/2023

Unarmed, Unafraid... but not alone!

You can join the audience for Military Aerial Reconnaissance and Oxfordshire with Aldon Ferguson at 7pm

Get ready for takeoff, we're starting soon ⏳ : https://t.co/uIDklfwS5R

Not satisfied with the accuracy of  ?It's OK - try our   Cartoon exhibition instead. How's this for attention to detail?...
04/12/2023

Not satisfied with the accuracy of ?

It's OK - try our Cartoon exhibition instead. How's this for attention to detail?

See Sean Maloney's spectacular drawing of the battle, find out a bit more about 's defeat, and discover soldiers' part in it.

Your annual reminder that SOFO Museum takes a little break at the end of the year!Our last day open for 2023 will be Wed...
01/12/2023

Your annual reminder that SOFO Museum takes a little break at the end of the year!

Our last day open for 2023 will be Wednesday 20th December 2024, and we'll be welcoming visitors back in the New Year from Tuesday 2nd January 2024.

Nominate us in Benefact Group 's Movement for Good 12 Days of Giving - with your nomination the museum could a receive £...
01/12/2023

Nominate us in Benefact Group 's Movement for Good 12 Days of Giving - with your nomination the museum could a receive £1,000 this .

Find out more and nominate us at:

We could receive £1,000 in the 12 Days of Giving, Movement for Good draw.

📣 We're here to shout about Into Battle: The Art of British War Comics once again!Visit and see the evolution of war com...
30/11/2023

📣 We're here to shout about Into Battle: The Art of British War Comics once again!

Visit and see the evolution of war comics from early political cartoons and humour strips to the hard-hitting stories of the 70s war comics revolution.

This comic postcard comes from our own collection. Sadly, between the censors of the time and dmage over time, much of the message on the back has been obscured. It was one of many sent by a soldier, 'Frank', to a Miss Chaundy of Osney, Oxford, during the First World War.

Osney is now home to Rebellion and their own Treasury of British Comics - of course you'll see plenty of those in the new exhibition, too!

    and Mount Farm   were the   airfields that played a vital role in military aerial reconnaissance during the Second W...
28/11/2023

and Mount Farm were the airfields that played a vital role in military aerial reconnaissance during the Second World War.

Get ready for takeoff with our online talk and live Q&A, next Tuesday from 7pm

👉 https://buff.ly/3ucyVBu

     Rosalind Watney's family moved to from London to Cornbury Park, Charlbury in 1901Here she married Charles Lyell MP ...
27/11/2023



Rosalind Watney's family moved to from London to Cornbury Park, Charlbury in 1901
Here she married Charles Lyell MP in 1911, and had two children of her her own.

At the outbreak of war, Charles went to France with the Royal Field Artillery.
But Rosalind, not content to remain at home, volunteered for the Red Cross, and in 1915 became a 'searcher' for the Wounded and Missing Enquiry Department.

She would help locate men who had been listed as wounded or missing and ensure that
information was relayed to the both the war office and, most importantly, their families.

She would go to France herself, and had responsibility for four base hospitals in Boulogne. After three months, she was recalled to England and headed the Department of County Searchers. She received an MBE for her war work in 1918.

She was widowed that same year when Charles died on duty. Their son, Anthony, was killed in the Second World War and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Photo: 'The marriage of Miss R. Watney - leaving the chapel', courtesy of Charlbury Museum

Calling all     This Thursday 30th November is our next Veteran's Coffee and Chat. Want to meet your fellow veterans and...
25/11/2023

Calling all

This Thursday 30th November is our next Veteran's Coffee and Chat. Want to meet your fellow veterans and unwind with a look around our galleries or a spot of model making with Models for Heroes ?

Drop in and join us FREE 10am - 12.30pm - all veterans welcome!

25/11/2023

'Oxfordshire's Military Heritage in 50 Objects' is the subject of the talk to Oxfordshire FHS at 8pm on Monday, 27 November, in Kidlington.
The talk will be given by Kim Davies, from SOFO (Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum).
Kim says: "The museum holds a fascinating collection of over 14,500 objects. Fifty objects across the archive have been selected to provide moments of insight into the county’s military history."
This will be a hybrid meeting, meaning that members are very welcome to hear Kim in person at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, or, alternatively, can log in to hear her on Zoom.
For meeting details please see https://www.ofhs.uk/events/event/oxfordshires-military-heritage-in-50-objects
where you will also find the link for members to register for the Zoom session.
Those visiting Exeter Hall are welcome from 7:15pm. Please will Zoom participants log in from 7:50pm.
New members to the Society will be very welcome, and able to attend or view the talk.
To become a member, go to https://www.ofhs.uk/become-a-member

Into Battle brings you the art and history of classic British War comics such as Action Comics' Hellman of Hammer Force....
23/11/2023

Into Battle brings you the art and history of classic British War comics such as Action Comics' Hellman of Hammer Force.

Drop in and you'll also find more about some of the real life stories behind the comic panels in our permanent galleries, from Pegasus Bridge to Arnhem

'Alone, Unarmed, but Unafraid'This was the motto of the brave aircrews carrying out aerial reconnaissance in the Second ...
21/11/2023

'Alone, Unarmed, but Unafraid'

This was the motto of the brave aircrews carrying out aerial reconnaissance in the Second World War, flying behind enemy lines armed with just photography equipment.

The vital intelligence they gathered, from bases in and , helped shorten the war.

Watch the online talk this December: https://buff.ly/3ucyVBu

   man 'Bert' Benson was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his bravery in 1917, when he saved his comrades from ...
20/11/2023



man 'Bert' Benson was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his bravery in 1917, when he saved his comrades from the blast of a faulty gr***de. With nowhere safe to throw it, he shielded them with his own body.

Despite severe injuries, he survived and returned to service with the Labour Corps, and would live on to the age of 94 before passing away in Banbury in 1982

 When is it right to fight your own rulers?In 1857 Indian soldiers and civilians rebelled against British rule. The 43rd...
18/11/2023



When is it right to fight your own rulers?

In 1857 Indian soldiers and civilians rebelled against British rule. The 43rd and 52nd Oxfordshire Regiments were both involved in fighting the Indian troops. It would take another 90 years before India gained full independence.

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In partnership with Dr Myfanwy Lloyd, a series of thought-provoking questions will accompany the thematic pod displays in the gallery to engage visitors by encouraging reflection and discussion on the ethics of war and the dilemmas of conflict.

We are gathering responses from different community groups, school groups, academics and visitors to display different points of view to stimulate conversation. What do you have to say on this week's topic?

Into Battle! has received reinforcements - alongside classic original comic cover art already on show, you'll now see so...
16/11/2023

Into Battle! has received reinforcements - alongside classic original comic cover art already on show, you'll now see some modern masterpieces from Keith Burns.

Coming to you straight from the cover of Battle Action!

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Our eyes in the skies report that you should expect a new online talk and   Q&A soon 🛫 Aldon Ferguson joins us once agai...
14/11/2023

Our eyes in the skies report that you should expect a new online talk and Q&A soon 🛫

Aldon Ferguson joins us once again to discuss Military Aerial Reconnaissance and this December

three arifields were vital to the Second World War aerial reconnaissance? Together with codebreaking, this was credited with shortening the war.

https://buff.ly/3ucyVBu

  also remembers the wartime contributions   people made away from the front linesIn   munitions factories, accidental e...
13/11/2023

also remembers the wartime contributions people made away from the front lines

In munitions factories, accidental explosions were always a risk.

Although there were no serious incidents at , women like Gladys Neal were still exposed to hazardous chemicals that stained their skin yellow, earning them the nickname ‘Canary Girls’.

Though today is Armistice Day, marking the end of hostilities during the Great War - during the Second World War they co...
11/11/2023

Though today is Armistice Day, marking the end of hostilities during the Great War - during the Second World War they continued:

Today also marks 80 years since 7th Battalion, Oxf & Bucks LI took part in an attack on Monte Camino, Italy.

By the end of the operation they had suffered over a hundred casualties - 24 killed, 69 wounded and 26 missing.

https://buff.ly/47uwGYq

Today is a day to remember all who served and died in conflicts from the Great War to today, but do you have someone in ...
11/11/2023

Today is a day to remember all who served and died in conflicts from the Great War to today, but do you have someone in aprticular you or your family remembers on this day?

Who were they, and what was their story?

Many classic British war comics weave fictional characters into real historical events. War Picture Library No 132. Tell...
09/11/2023

Many classic British war comics weave fictional characters into real historical events.

War Picture Library No 132. Tells the story of (fictional) Bugler Tommy Long, who finds himself serving with Captain Brian Priday during the D-Day operation to capture Pegasus Bridge.

The story also brings in some other details from the & Light Infantry's wider history - making references to another Bugler, Robert Hawthorne, awarded the VC during the Indian Mutiny.

Benson's Boy Sailor   Walter Harris joined the Royal Navy in 1914 - aged just 15. By 1916 he found himself onboard HMS I...
06/11/2023

Benson's Boy Sailor

Walter Harris joined the Royal Navy in 1914 - aged just 15. By 1916 he found himself onboard HMS Invincible during the Battle of Jutland.

The Invincible didn't live up to its name - Harris was one of 1026 sailors that went down with the ship. Commemorated on Benson's memorial, at only 16 when he died, he is the youngest person named.

Join us tonight for our Remembrance concert with The Waterloo Band and Bugles of The Rifles (tickets still available on ...
04/11/2023

Join us tonight for our Remembrance concert with The Waterloo Band and Bugles of The Rifles (tickets still available on the door)

Or, if you prefer your music a little heavier, come and see Sabaton's The War to End All Wars The Movie with us on the 11th and 18th November!

Find out more at https://buff.ly/3QzySIz

02/11/2023

Visiting us for the Art of British War Comics?

Don't forget to check out the Waterloo Cartoon by veteran and artist Shaun Maloney - inspired by the 19th Century original by Daniel Maclise.

On display now alongside art and objects from the museum collection, rarely seen outside our archives. Watch the full time lapse video when you visit and see as he brings the piece to life!

01/11/2023

Our screenings of Sabaton 's are just around the corner!

Before you join us on the 11th or 18th November, here's the band's bass player Pär Sundström to tell you all about 🤘

Book seats now: https://buff.ly/3QzySIz

'They that have received any hurt or loss by the wars ought to be liberally provided for, and comfortably maintained all...
31/10/2023

'They that have received any hurt or loss by the wars ought to be liberally provided for, and comfortably maintained all their days, by them that set them forth.'
- Robert Ram, The Soldier’s Catechism (1644)

Need something to watch before our next online talk? Join our friends at Civil War Petitions for a live webcast, 6.30pm, 9 November

https://buff.ly/3QiFfyS

Expanding Our County, Our War in the Main Gallery we have a new Remembrance display on the Landing Gallery - featuring G...
30/10/2023

Expanding Our County, Our War in the Main Gallery we have a new Remembrance display on the Landing Gallery - featuring Great War stories from Garsington, Charlbury, Woodstock, Benson, Banbury and New and South Hinksey

Thanks to Localgiving 's Magic Little Grants Fund - supported by players of the People's Postcode Lottery

How old is old enough to go to war? Into Battle! The Art of British War Comics features; the story of Charley's War - Ch...
28/10/2023

How old is old enough to go to war?

Into Battle! The Art of British War Comics features; the story of Charley's War - Charley Bourne, like many who served in the First World War, joined the army underage, going to war as a 'boy soldier'.
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is our new campaign encouraging our visitors to think about the tough questions surrounding conflict. Leave your thoughts here, or look out for the panels during your visit and leave a note 💭

Say hello to our newest addition to the Main Gallery, a 'Woodpecker'.This Japanese Type 92 Heavy Machinegun is one of th...
26/10/2023

Say hello to our newest addition to the Main Gallery, a 'Woodpecker'.

This Japanese Type 92 Heavy Machinegun is one of the kind captured intact by 6th Oxf. & Bucks at Tamandu in March 1945. Serjeant White, whose platoon killed the crew and captured the gun, was awarded the DCM, while Corporal Teuton and Lance-Corporal Bradbury were awarded the MM

Do you know how these guns gained their 'woodpecker' nickname?

A wonderful tribute.  The Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars of yesteryear would recognise these men as their own........
26/10/2023

A wonderful tribute. The Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars of yesteryear would recognise these men as their own........

On Friday we will be at Blenheim Palace supporting the launch of the Royal British Legion’s Oxfordshire Poppy Appeal . We’ll be there from 10.15.
We will remember them
Photo credit Geraint Lewis

It's   day 🏹 Thank you to our speaker, Lt. Col. Robin Phayre, and all who joined us live and donated! 🙏 Missed last nigh...
25/10/2023

It's day 🏹

Thank you to our speaker, Lt. Col. Robin Phayre, and all who joined us live and donated! 🙏

Missed last night's online talk? You can catch up now, and what better day for it?

Knock, draw... Loose!Our Agincourt online talk with Lt. Col. Robin Phayre goes live in just an hour ⏳ Charge in, watch i...
24/10/2023

Knock, draw... Loose!

Our Agincourt online talk with Lt. Col. Robin Phayre goes live in just an hour ⏳

Charge in, watch it live and join the Q&A, or hang back and catch up from tomorrow on-demand.

Watch it here: https://buff.ly/3tqNAIO

You've heard about some of the Oxf & Bucks' VC winners, but what about the Oxfordshire Yeomanry?With our Oxfordshire Gal...
23/10/2023

You've heard about some of the Oxf & Bucks' VC winners, but what about the Oxfordshire Yeomanry?

With our Oxfordshire Gallantry Board now open, the next blog looks at Frank Kirby VC CBE - who flew through the ranks from Yeomanry Trooper to RAF Group Captain.

The VC wasn't the only award this man received during the Boer War... 🎖️

https://buff.ly/45xjMrw

 Why do you think we have rules in war?With new panels in our gallery we're encouraging reflection and discussion on the...
21/10/2023



Why do you think we have rules in war?

With new panels in our gallery we're encouraging reflection and discussion on the ethics of war and the dilemmas of conflict. Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

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The images in this post are:

'Refugee Camp Life' (2014) by Brian McCarty for War Toys, as featured in our past exhibition, Children and Military Lives.

An illustration from a POWs diary, depicting how he expected life to be as prisoner during WW2, following capture at Dieppe

Our temporary exhibit may have ended last month, but   continues with a new permanent exhibition pod (featuring this FAN...
19/10/2023

Our temporary exhibit may have ended last month, but continues with a new permanent exhibition pod (featuring this FANY beret and much, much more), plus our upcoming talk with Dr Helen Fry next month.

Join us as she showcases a range of the incredible untold stories of Women in Intelligence during the First and Second World Wars.

Get your tickets now: https://buff.ly/3rHXu8J

Ticket sales from this event support the museum and ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Lightbobs or light... bows? 🏹 Able to move and deploy swiftly, think for themselves and quickly react to orders, could t...
18/10/2023

Lightbobs or light... bows? 🏹

Able to move and deploy swiftly, think for themselves and quickly react to orders, could the archers of Agincourt be likened to light infantry?

Just one question asked in Agincourt with Lt. Col Robin Phayre, our next online talk and live Q&A

SOFO Online Talks: Agincourt Agincourt Online Talk and Live Q&A with Lt. Col. Robin Phayre Live from 7pm, Tuesday 24th October 2023   AGINCOURT with Robin Phayre – Live from 7pm, 24 October 2023 Lt Col Robin Phayre discusses the Battle of Agincourt (or Azincourt), 1415, and asks the question, 'wa...

The Real Charley's War?Pat Mills' and Joe Colquhoun's Charley's War was perhaps the most meticulously researched war com...
16/10/2023

The Real Charley's War?

Pat Mills' and Joe Colquhoun's Charley's War was perhaps the most meticulously researched war comic of its time. With a little research of our own, we've found a real Charles Bourne amongst the ranks of the Oxf & Bucks LI.

His story continues in our Men Behind the Medals blog:

https://buff.ly/3rJt7yv

We Need to Talk About WarAs we update our galleries ahead of our 10th Anniversary, we're asking YOU, our visitors, the t...
14/10/2023

We Need to Talk About War

As we update our galleries ahead of our 10th Anniversary, we're asking YOU, our visitors, the tough questions. A series of thought-provoking questions will accompany the thematic displays in our gallery to encourage reflection and discussion on the ethics of war and the dilemmas of conflict.

What does bravery mean? Comment below with your answers...

How did british war comics evolve from humour and propaganda strips of wartime to the revolutionary grit and realism of ...
12/10/2023

How did british war comics evolve from humour and propaganda strips of wartime to the revolutionary grit and realism of the likes of Charley's War in the '70s and '80s?

Drop in now and see Into Battle: The Art of British War Comics to find out!

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📸: This brief comic strip, published in The War Budget: A Weekly Photographic Record of the Great War in 1918, appears in a copy in our archives. It details the story of the 'heroic' Corporal Jones, who picks up and throws a smoking 'bomb' that landed in his trench, imagining that he might be awarded the VC for his efforts. As it turns out, the 'bomb' is a mock up, a trick played on him by his comrades.

He argues that, believing it to be real at the time, he was still truly gallant in his actions. What do you think?

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Wednesday 11am - 5pm
Thursday 11am - 5pm
Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 2pm - 5pm

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