Waterperry Gardens and Rural Museum

Waterperry Gardens and Rural Museum
Waterperry Gardens
Nr Wheatley
OX33 1JZ






01844 339254


01844 339883

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Display cabinets within the 18th century museum building at Waterperry Gardens
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A comprehensive and interesting collection of tools and implements is housed in the 18th Century granary at Waterperry Gardens. This museum shows the skills required in making horticultural and agricultural tools and also the skills needed to use them, as for example to two man hedge cutter.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Tues-Sun inclusive
2pm-5pm + bank holidays
Other times by arrangement.

Collection details

Archaeology, Industry, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Horse Shoes from the 12th century plus surgical shoes
  • Bits wooden and the savage types banned in the early 20th century.
  • Old Veterinary Implements
  • Traps and Alarm Guns plus a unique 19th century clockwork crow scarer which fired blank, pin-fired 12 bore cartridges
  • Brass stamps used in the workhouse at Purton, depicting, Fever, Vagrants, Lying in, Master, etc
  • Horse brasses, terrets, swingers and sets of horse bells
  • Brass beer barrel bushes
  • Relics from the domestic scene
  • Unusual Decorative Skewers from the meat trade
  • Medieval Pottery found on the Waterperry estate
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Beginners Breadmaking

Beginners Breadmaking

  • 2 February 2015

This one-day course will introduce you to the fundamentals of breadmaking including yeast activity, fermentation and the properties of flours.



Sweet Breads

Sweet Breads

  • 3 February 2015

This course will begin with the English traditional method of ferment and dough to a make excellent fruit loaves, to be followed by two delicate breads from Europe



Keeping Chickens

  • 7 February 2015

Suitable for beginners, experienced or those just thinking whether or not to keep chickens. This one day course will cover all you need to know to keep happy, healthy hens; chicken choice; housing; numbers; health and care and of course egg production.



Willow Garden Structures

  • 7 February 2015
  • From 7 March 2015

Students will learn how to create beautiful, unique artefacts for your garden using natural willow stems from willow-weaving expert Helen Lomberg. This course will teach you to make plant climbers, plant supports, trellises and ornamental hurdles from this useful natural material. During the day you should be able to complete 2 to 3 structures to take home to adorn your garden.



Making French Bread

Making French Bread

  • 17 March 2015

Working with "poolish" as an overnight starter, you will make and roll out elegant sticks as though you were aspiring to make an authentic baguette.



Stained Glass Applique

  • 19 April 2015

A fun and practical workshop for beginners. An experienced tutor will help you to cut glass and handle the tools safely to complete your colourful project.



Introduction to bee keeping 25th April 2015

  • 25 April 2015

A day course which will offer a fascinating insight to the world of the honey bee and an introduction to what keeping them entails. Although the course is largely theoretical, Helen will illustrate her talk with a range of equipment, bee friendly plants and an observation hive!



Card Making

Card Printing Day

  • 8 May 2015

A day course making cards using printmaking techniques. Using the gardens for inspiration students will create their own hand-printed cards using drypoint and linocut processess. Students will make small scale printing plates, ink up and repeat using a table press. All abilities welcome.