The Oxfordshire Museum

The Oxfordshire Museum Telling the story of Oxfordshire through collections, events, activities, galleries and exhibitions.
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We’re part of the Oxfordshire County Council Museum Service and you can find us in the heart of historic Woodstock. Getting here is easy:
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- S3 or S7 from Oxford to Woodstock
- S3 from Chipping Norton or Charlbury to Woodstock
- S7 from Witney, Long Hanborough and Hanborough train station
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Come along to our Under 5's creative activity session at the Oxfordshire Museum tomorrow between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Ha...
06/12/2023

Come along to our Under 5's creative activity session at the Oxfordshire Museum tomorrow between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Have some fun making your own creative Christmas tree.

Preparation are taking place behind the scenes for the Archie and the Poet exhibition. Due to open at the Oxfordshire Mu...
05/12/2023

Preparation are taking place behind the scenes for the Archie and the Poet exhibition. Due to open at the Oxfordshire Museum on 13th January.

This is Archie's Smoking Jacket all mounted up ready to go on display.

Made using a perspex hat stand, Poly-felt and black cotton jersey.

Don't forget to join us tomorrow at 2pm for our Those were the Days session. This months topic is tea and toasting forks...
30/11/2023

Don't forget to join us tomorrow at 2pm for our Those were the Days session. This months topic is tea and toasting forks and we are looking forward to conjuring up some cosy memories for this frosty time of year. The session is free and open to all.

Just one more day to book your place on this fun and festive workshop including mulled wine and mince pies along with al...
30/11/2023

Just one more day to book your place on this fun and festive workshop including mulled wine and mince pies along with all of the ingredients to create your perfect Christmas Wreath. To book email handsonheritage.oxfordshire.gov.uk.

It's a button, its made of silver and its over 300 years old which makes this...Treasure. This allowed us to accquire th...
24/11/2023

It's a button, its made of silver and its over 300 years old which makes this...Treasure. This allowed us to accquire the find as part of the treasure process!

Getting into the Christmas spirit? Why not book a place on our Wreath Making course to really get that Christmas feeling...
22/11/2023

Getting into the Christmas spirit? Why not book a place on our Wreath Making course to really get that Christmas feeling started? As well as a great time you will also take home something beautiful for your front door. We have limited spaces available, so get your place booked early to avoid disappointment! For more information visit https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wreathmaking

Our final Creativity themed pot is a Valencian drug jar (Albarello pot) dating to the 16th-17th centuries. Found at Eyns...
18/11/2023

Our final Creativity themed pot is a Valencian drug jar (Albarello pot) dating to the 16th-17th centuries. Found at Eynsham Abbey it would have been imported from Spain, perhaps by a trader or as a gift to the Abbey.

The jar would have contained herbs or spices, used by an apothecary. The pot is far more fancy than those we receive our medicines in today!

We often see silver and copper alloy brooches like this with appliques but gold ones aren't nearly as frequent. This one...
17/11/2023

We often see silver and copper alloy brooches like this with appliques but gold ones aren't nearly as frequent. This one has really large collets to hold gems to make it dazzle the observer just that bit more!

Have you heard about our wreath making workshop? On Saturday 9th December we have 2 sessions available to book 10-12pm a...
16/11/2023

Have you heard about our wreath making workshop? On Saturday 9th December we have 2 sessions available to book 10-12pm and 1.30-3.30pm. The price of the workshop includes all materials and mulled wine and mince pies. For more information and to book visit https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wreathmaking

In the past few days it has all been about the St. Brice's Day massacred Oxford Vikings for the Museums Service's archae...
15/11/2023

In the past few days it has all been about the St. Brice's Day massacred Oxford Vikings for the Museums Service's archaeology team.

Last week we packed up one Viking who had been on display at the National Museum of Denmark in preparation to be transported back to the Museums Resource Centre in Standlake.

Over 628,000 people visited the exhibition where he was displayed with his family member, either his uncle, nephew, grandfather, grandson or half brother.

We then participated in St. John's College, Oxford remembrance of the massacre by sitting on a panel describing how we care the Vikings and our volunteer Pat, helped unveil a reconstructed bust of one of the Vikings.

We then found out a recent student of the College had carried out a personal DNA test and he was closely related to the Vikings displayed in Copenhagen! That is living history!

We are hoping to get in touch with this former student to find out more and will keep you posted of news.

Have you seen our bears? They have been on their travels but we are hoping they will be back in time for the Archie and ...
14/11/2023

Have you seen our bears? They have been on their travels but we are hoping they will be back in time for the Archie and the Poet Exhibition this January at the Oxfordshire Museum.

If you have a bear with a story tell who might like to be part of our special exhibition get in touch by emailing [email protected].

We have a fascinating collection of bricks on display in our popular Oxfordshire's Ark gallery!There are various example...
13/11/2023

We have a fascinating collection of bricks on display in our popular Oxfordshire's Ark gallery!

There are various examples from local companies, such as the Chalgrove Brick Company, including a hearth brick from the last firing in 1953 and a beautifully coloured brick from the chimney stack of a house in St. Clements, Oxford dated 1650-1699.

There is such a variety of designs, textures and tones in this wonderful collection.

Come and have look at the collection for yourself. Admission is free.

On this day in 1933 90 years ago the Co-Operative Women’s Guild created the white poppies for all victims of war. The ho...
11/11/2023

On this day in 1933 90 years ago the Co-Operative Women’s Guild created the white poppies for all victims of war.

The hope was to challenge militarism and to work actively towards peace.

Our white poppy is associated to David and Marjorie Clow and probably was given to commemorate a relative possibly one of their fathers who died in service World War I.



https://www.ppu.org.uk/

These are 'page dividers' but quite notable as they have a head that looks like a bird of prey's beak. They're usually p...
10/11/2023

These are 'page dividers' but quite notable as they have a head that looks like a bird of prey's beak. They're usually plain so this is a pretty cool object to make its way into the collection!

🎉 We've hit the 1 million mark for our online Heritage Search.Read the Oxfordshire History Centre post to find out what ...
09/11/2023

🎉 We've hit the 1 million mark for our online Heritage Search.

Read the Oxfordshire History Centre post to find out what the millionth record was.

And use our Heritage Search to find a wide range of materials relating to Oxfordshire's past: https://heritagesearch.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

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.

Did you know our wonderful team of volunteer gardeners have been busy creating our very own Museum vegetable garden situ...
08/11/2023

Did you know our wonderful team of volunteer gardeners have been busy creating our very own Museum vegetable garden situated alongside our beautiful fruit trees?

This year we have been lucky to have had a bumper crop of Cherry Tomatoes as well as Courgettes, Herbs and some very tasty Apples!

The aim of the project is to make the café as sustainable as possible by using fruit & vegetables from our garden and reducing our carbon footprint.

This summer we were able to use our home grown produce in our Salads, Soups and Quiches and next year we hope to have even more!

Meet Digger Bear she was found at the landfill site at Stanton Harcourt during an archaeological dig. She is one of the ...
07/11/2023

Meet Digger Bear she was found at the landfill site at Stanton Harcourt during an archaeological dig. She is one of the bears who will be coming to join us as part of our community bear gallery when we host the Tom Brown School Museum's, 'Archie and the poet exhibition' from 13th January to 25th February 2024.

If you would like your bear or special cuddly friend to join Digger Bear, and you have a lovely story to tell about them please get in touch by emailing: [email protected]

The Museum shop now has a great range of craft items in stock from our trusted UK supplier Hawthorn Handmade Gorgeous wo...
06/11/2023

The Museum shop now has a great range of craft items in stock from our trusted UK supplier Hawthorn Handmade

Gorgeous wool bundles, weaving looms plus a selection of needle felting and embroidery kits. There's lots to choose from but our favourites have to be the adorable mini dinosaur kits!

Autumn has now definitely arrived, so it's the perfect opportunity to settle in, get cosy and get crafting!

Early Medieval vessels, whether Anglo-Saxon or Viking are rare, but we have two excavated from a female burial in West H...
04/11/2023

Early Medieval vessels, whether Anglo-Saxon or Viking are rare, but we have two excavated from a female burial in West Hanney, Oxfordshire.

They are handmade, but not decorated. The objects buried with her, such as the brooch, compensate for the lack of creativity in the pot!

The pots had been placed by the Hanney woman’s lower right leg. These probably held food and drink to sustain her in the afterlife, a pre-Christian practice. What drink would you prefer to sustain you?

Keen followers of this account might have noticed we've been sharing lots of hooked tags, well here's another one with y...
03/11/2023

Keen followers of this account might have noticed we've been sharing lots of hooked tags, well here's another one with yet another form of decoration! We'd recomend any artists out there to go through these for inspiration they're great!

Fancy a catch up about the good old days? Don't forget to come along to our session on hobbies and handicrafts tomorrow ...
02/11/2023

Fancy a catch up about the good old days? Don't forget to come along to our session on hobbies and handicrafts tomorrow at 2pm.

The session is free and all are welcome.

Can you guess what these beautifully coloured objects were used for?They were used to sort and weigh eggs! They are incr...
01/11/2023

Can you guess what these beautifully coloured objects were used for?

They were used to sort and weigh eggs! They are incredibly well preserved and would have been used by Oxfordshire County Council officers to ensure the correct size and weight of eggs during the sorting process.

They form part of our vast collection of fascinating items held at our Museum Resource Centre in Standlake, which plays a vital role in protecting the diverse history and heritage of Oxfordshire.

Happy Halloween Oxfordshire!Our Museum Resource Centre in Standlake houses an incredible selection of artwork, including...
31/10/2023

Happy Halloween Oxfordshire!

Our Museum Resource Centre in Standlake houses an incredible selection of artwork, including these eerie 'Dance of Death' paintings.

The paintings are from a merchant house in Broad Street, formerly the home of Alderman Fletcher 1787-1826 which was demolished to make way for the Weston Library. They are believed to have been painted during his time at the house, based on originals, possibly of the 16th century.

The two surviving paintings in our collection feature the 'Knight' and the 'Blind Man' and are painted on plaster in ochre tones and would have originally formed part of a set totalling forty such panels.

Look out for our next Museum Resource Centre open day if you'd like to see them in person!

This is your last chance to visit our very first Oxfordshire Open Art Exhibition based on the theme of 'discovery'.Almos...
30/10/2023

This is your last chance to visit our very first Oxfordshire Open Art Exhibition based on the theme of 'discovery'.

Almost 50 artworks were selected by our panel of judges and are currently on display in our Garden Gallery at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.

The winner was 'Louis' by Hannah Farncombe which wowed the judges with it's intimate story. Our second prize winner was the vibrant 'Wonders of Woodstock' by Jane Smith.

Come along and see all the artworks for yourself and vote for your favourite in the peoples choice award!

The exhibition closes on Sunday 5th November. Admission is free.

In the   period, Oxfordshire's own pottery industry was being creative, by copying Samian ware and then decorating the v...
28/10/2023

In the period, Oxfordshire's own pottery industry was being creative, by copying Samian ware and then decorating the vessels with a painted colour-coat and rouletting (decoration applied with a tool like a pastry-wheel.).

This Oxford Ware bowl dates to the 4th century and was excavated in the bottom of a Roman well on the site of a villa near Abingdon. Was the bowl accidently knocked into the well, or was it intentional thrown down it?

This is a lovely silver strap end. Its fierce beast design 'feels' quite modern although it date to the Early Medieval p...
27/10/2023

This is a lovely silver strap end. Its fierce beast design 'feels' quite modern although it date to the Early Medieval period. The finder was even inspired to get a tattoo of the same motif!

Fancy a catch up about the good old days? Come along on Friday 3rd November at 2pm to the Oxfordshire Museum. This month...
26/10/2023

Fancy a catch up about the good old days? Come along on Friday 3rd November at 2pm to the Oxfordshire Museum.

This month we will be discussing hobbies and handicrafts. A celebration of creativity and looking back to a time when home amusements were possibly cheap, but always cheerful! From rag-rugs and crocheted stockings to homemade toys and DIY projects, there’s something here for everyone.

The session is free and all are welcome.

Meet Big White Ted or BWT as he is also known. He is one of the bears who will be coming to join us as part of our commu...
25/10/2023

Meet Big White Ted or BWT as he is also known. He is one of the bears who will be coming to join us as part of our community bear gallery when we host the Tom Brown School Museum's, 'Archie and the poet exhibition' from 13th January to 25th February 2024.

If you would like your bear or special cuddly friend to join BWT, and you have a lovely story to tell about them please get in touch by emailing: [email protected]

Things are starting to feel very spooky at the Museum!We even have our very own OM pumpkin, expertly carved by our craft...
24/10/2023

Things are starting to feel very spooky at the Museum!

We even have our very own OM pumpkin, expertly carved by our crafty team!

The shop has loads of creepy crawlies, spiders and even sticky slugs and the café has a selection of ghoulish treats including Gingerbread Skeletons and Chocolate Spider Cookies!

Don't be scared - we hope to see you soon!

Continuing the Festival of Archaeology theme of creativity, have a look at this Bronze Age urn. Deverel-Rimbury urns are...
21/10/2023

Continuing the Festival of Archaeology theme of creativity, have a look at this Bronze Age urn. Deverel-Rimbury urns area lot plainer than pottery seen in the Early Bronze Age. They also often appear in cremations which have far less surviving grave goods. Some have argued this means elaboration of the self was less important at this time. What do you think?

This urn was excavated in Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire.

Don't forget we have our free Art Session today from 2-4pm in the Coach House at the Oxfordshire Museum come along and s...
21/10/2023

Don't forget we have our free Art Session today from 2-4pm in the Coach House at the Oxfordshire Museum come along and see what you can cut, collage and draw!

Wow! Not only is this a beautifully intact gold roman finger ring but it also has an intaglio surviving too. We think it...
20/10/2023

Wow! Not only is this a beautifully intact gold roman finger ring but it also has an intaglio surviving too. We think it depicts a female, probably the goddess Fortuna. If you like this sort of object you may want to read Henig's Corpus of Roman Engraved Gemstones

Don't forget to come along to our Under 5's session today 10.30am-12.30pm and take part in our Discovery Art activity le...
19/10/2023

Don't forget to come along to our Under 5's session today 10.30am-12.30pm and take part in our Discovery Art activity led by one of our wonderful volunteers, Sue.

Looking forward to half term? Have a  look at the examples of some of the free activities you could get involved with at...
18/10/2023

Looking forward to half term? Have a look at the examples of some of the free activities you could get involved with at The Oxfordshire Museum this October. All of our activities are inspired by the Discovery Art Exhibition, currently in the Garden Gallery and are free of charge.

So if you want to make art with Autumn leaves or create your very own alien come along this October. Visit the link in the comment below for more details.

If you are looking for something fun to do this half term then why not come along to our children's 'discovery' themed a...
17/10/2023

If you are looking for something fun to do this half term then why not come along to our children's 'discovery' themed activity session on Wednesday 25th October.

The session includes a series of fun activities starting at 10.30am in the Coach House and finishing at 4pm.

We hope to see you there!

Address

Fletchers House, 14 Park Street
Woodstock
OX201SN

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

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