Soldiers of Oxfordshire - conflict and county

SOFO offers its visitors engaging and immersive experiences through a changing exhibitions programme and permeant galleries including a recreated Great War trench, a mock up section of a Horsa Glider from D Day and Afghan Alley. Our galleries take visitors through the life of a ‘21st Century Soldier’, the ‘Blood and War’ of the frontline, Winston Churchill and the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars and the ‘Liberation of Bergen-Belsen’ by the Oxfordshire Yeomanry as well as ‘Prisoners of War, at Home and Abroad’. For visiting children, we offer an under-fives den, Kids Art Cart, trails and quizzes as well as dress up, feely boxes and code breaking!  Please visit our website for our events listings and information on how to research your soldier from our unique archive covering the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire light Infantry and the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars.  Date for the Diary: In November 2017 we open ‘Oxfordshire Remembers Part 11’. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund SOFO’s closing exhibition on the Centenary of the Great War charts the impact of the war for Oxfordshire during 1916-1918 and the key moments for the county’s two regiments. Using narratives and artefacts previously untold and unseen, the exhibition will blend the personal with the world’s account of the First World War. The exhibition will close in November 2018.
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SOFO offers its visitors engaging and immersive experiences through a changing exhibitions programme and permeant galleries including a recreated Great War trench, a mock up section of a Horsa Glider from D Day and Afghan Alley.
Our galleries take visitors through the life of a ‘21st Century Soldier’, the ‘Blood and War’ of the frontline, Winston Churchill and the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars and the ‘Liberation of Bergen-Belsen’ by the Oxfordshire Yeomanry as well as ‘Prisoners of War, at Home and Abroad’.
For visiting children, we offer an under-fives den, Kids Art Cart, trails and quizzes as well as dress up, feely boxes and code breaking!

Please visit our website for our events listings and information on how to research your soldier from our unique archive covering the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire light Infantry and the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars.

Date for the Diary:
In November 2017 we open ‘Oxfordshire Remembers Part 2’. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund SOFO’s closing exhibition on the Centenary of the Great War charts the impact of the war for Oxfordshire during 1916-1918 and the key moments for the county’s two regiments. Using narratives previously untold and artefacts previously unseen, the exhibition will blend the personal with the world’s account of the First World War. The exhibition will close in November 2018.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00-17:00
Wednesday: 10:00-17:00
Thursday: 10:00-17:00
Friday: 10:00-17:00
Saturday: 10:00-17:00
Sunday: 14:00-17:00

Last admission: 4.45pm

Research Centre and Meeting Rooms open by appointment only.
For appointments and bookings call 01993 810210.

Admission charges

Adults £4.50
Student £3.80
Concession £3.50
Children 5-16 £2.50
Children under 5 Free

Getting there

By car: via A44 Oxford to Evesham. Please use postcode OX20 1SN for your sat-nav. By bus: S3 from Oxford city centre. 242 from Witney. For bus time tables see www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk The nearest train station is located in Long Hanborough which is 4.1 miles away.

Disabled parking is located directly outside The Oxfordshire Museum. There are also other spaces there but these are limited. There is a FREE public car park a short walk away in Hensington Road.

Additional info

The Garden and Cafeteria are run by The Oxfordshire Museum adjacent to Soldiers of Oxfordshire.

The collection originated in the 1920s as a small private collection which was formerly housed in the now-demolished Cowley Barracks. The size and scope of the collection was much enhanced in 1922 when Hugh Cecil Lea, who had originally served in the regiment as a private, donated his unique and magnificent collection of Napoleonic, Boer War and Victorian medals, all of which had been awarded to men of the 43rd Light Infantry.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Personalities, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • The fine art collection includes several water colours by the military artist Richard Simkin, together with numerous paintings, prints and photographs which illustrate the uniforms of the 43rd Light Infantry, the 52nd light Infantry, The Oxfordshire Militia, The Oxfordshire Volunteer Rifle Corps and other constituents of the OBLI.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Black and White photo of WW2-era fighter plane flying over the Brize Norton Area, text description of the exhibition is overlaid.

RAF Brize Norton - 80 Years of History

  • 30 May — 29 September 2017 *on now

New temporary exhibition at SOFO documenting the history of Brize Airfield from its construction in 1935 to the modern day and capturing the experiences of the squadrons based there through personal stories.

Curated by RAF Brize Norton. Exhibiting Summer 2017.

For museum opening times and admission prices, visit: www.sofo.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry included in all museum admission prices. See website for details.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/visit-us/

Poster for the exhibition, features an image of a WW1 tank along with British troops charging acrossa battlefield. Above this is a collage of portraits of men and women who were involved in the latter part of WW1.

Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-18 (Part II)

  • 21 November 2017 — 2 December 2018

Running throughout 2018 is The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum’s contribution to the commemoration of the Centenary of WW1. During the latter half of the First World War, men and women of all classes and social backgrounds from across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire contributed in a myriad of ways to the war effort. This second of two exhibitions, covering the years 1917-19, tells some of their personal stories, through fascinating artefacts, images and films. The exhibitions covers everything from Oxfordshire’s VC winners, women and children at war, conscription, the Armistice and how life was affected after the ‘War to End all Wars’.

Opens November 21st 2017, running until December 2nd 2018. Standard museum ticket prices apply – see website for full details and opening times.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults £4.50
All Concessions £3.80
Children 5 - 16 £2.50
Children under 5 FREE

Family tickets and Annual Passes also available.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk

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.
Composite image of several boys and girls having fun in the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. Some wear historical costumes while playing.

SOFO Saturday Kids Club

  • 2 September 2017 1-3:30pm
  • 7 October 2017 1-3:30pm

Two and a half hours packed with games, outdoor fun, crafts and quizzes for boys and girls. Some sessions include ‘kitchen science’, sneak peeks behind the scenes or a wartime twist! Each week there’s a new theme inspired by history, the seasons, or wildlife.

Saturday 8th July 1pm – 3.30pm Rainbow-tastic!
An afternoon of colourful science and amazing creations.

Saturday 2nd September 1pm – 3.30pm: Geeky Greeks
Get into the world of the amazing ancients!

Saturday 7th October 1pm – 3.30pm: Awesome Autumn
Get inspired by the new season!

No parents! £7 per child.

To book sessions – please visit our website, phone 01993 810211, or email education@sofo.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£7 per child.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/whats-on/

Young boy and his father taking part in an arts a craft activity with coloured paper and glue.

SOFO Family Open Afternoons

  • 23 August 2017 2-4pm
  • 30 August 2017 2-4pm

Drop in and enjoy our family-friendly Museum! Plus, the chance to make something special and take it home!
£2 per child. Adults and children under 5 FREE.

Wednesday 26th July 2-4pm
Wednesday 2nd August 2-4pm
Wednesday 9th August 2-4pm
Wednesday 16th August 2-4pm
Wednesday 23th August 2-4pm
Wednesday 30th August 2-4pm

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£2 per child. Adults and children under 5 FREE.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/whats-on/

Composite image showing a number of boys and girls having fun in the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, some wear historical costumes.

SOFO Holiday Kids Club

  • 25 August 2017 10am-12:30pm

Two and a half hours packed with games, outdoor fun, crafts and quizzes for boys and girls. Some sessions include ‘kitchen science’, sneak peeks behind the scenes or a wartime twist! Each week there’s a new theme inspired by history, the seasons, or wildlife. No parents!

Friday 28th July
10am – 12.30pm
Summer Fun!
A session to get you in the mood for the sun.

Friday 4th Aug
10am – 12.30pm
Seaside special!
Discover the secrets of the deep.

Friday 11th Aug
10am – 12.30pm
Let’s Rock!
This promises to be an explosive session…

Friday 18th Aug
10am – 12.30pm
Wonderful Wildlife!
Celebrate the world’s greatest creatures.

Friday 25th Aug
10am – 12.30pm
Mini Beast Buddies!
Get inspired by your favourite creepy crawly.

To book sessions please visit our website, phone 01993 810211 or email education@sofo.org.uk.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£8 per child.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/whats-on/

Film poster for War Horse (2011). Albert and his horse Joey can be seen side by side, looking off into the distance.

SOFO Cinema Club: War Horse

  • 6 September 2017 6:30-9:30pm

SOFO Cinema Club Presents: War Horse (2011) Cert 12.

Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his beloved horse, Joey, live on a farm in the British countryside. At the outbreak of World War I, Albert and Joey are forcibly parted when Albert’s father sells the horse to the British cavalry. Against the backdrop of the Great War, Joey begins an odyssey full of danger, joy and sorrow, and he transforms everyone he meets along the way. Meanwhile Albert, unable to forget his equine friend, searches the battlefields of France to find Joey and bring him home.

Doors open 6.30pm with refreshments available.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £3.50 or £6 for two.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/product/fury-sofo-cinema-club-screening-ticket-2/

A spitfire aircraft flies through a clear sky toward the camera.

Paul Beaver's 'The Spitfire in Oxfordshire'

  • 13 September 2017 6:45-8:30pm

Paul Beaver
The Spitfire in Oxfordshire
Wednesday 13th September 2017. 7.00pm – 8.30pm.
Doors open 6.45pm.
Refreshments available.

Historian and broadcaster Paul Beaver will tell the story of the most famous aircraft in British aviation history, the people who built and flew the plane and its links with Oxfordshire airfields.

Admission

£10 per ticket

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/product/the-spitfire-in-oxfordshire/

Film poster for The Boy in Striped Pyjamas. two young boys can be seen sitting either side of a chain-link fence. One smartly dressed, the other with in concentration camp clothes with a shaved head.

SOFO Cinema Club Presents: The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

  • 4 October 2017 6:30-9pm

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) Cert: 12 94 mins

October 4th 2017. Start time: 7.00pm.

During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father (David Thewlis) has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), a Jewish boy of his age. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys begin a forbidden friendship, oblivious to the real nature of their surroundings.

Doors open 6.30pm with refreshments available.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£3.50 per ticket or £6 for two.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/product/war-horse-sofo-cinema-club-screening-ticket/

Soldier is silhouete stands at a grave

Peter Hart’s ‘Gallipoli’

  • 11 October 2017 6:45-8:30pm

Peter Hart’s
‘Gallipoli’
Wednesday 11th October 2017. 7.00pm – 8.30pm.

Doors open 6.45pm. Refreshments available.

One of the most famous battles in history, Gallipoli forced Churchill from office, established Turkey’s iconic founder Mustafa Kemal (‘Ataturk’) and marked Australia’s emergence as a nation in its own right. Drawing on unpublished personal accounts by individuals at all levels and from all sides – not only from Britain, Australia and New Zealand, but unusually from Turkey and France too – Peter Hart combines his trademark eye for vivid personal stories with a strong narrative to bring a modern view of this military disaster to a popular audience.

Admission

£10 per ticket, booking advised.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/product/gallipoli/

Getting there

By car: via A44 Oxford to Evesham. Please use postcode OX20 1SN for your sat-nav. By bus: S3 from Oxford city centre. 242 from Witney. For bus time tables see www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk The nearest train station is located in Long Hanborough which is 4.1 miles away.

Disabled parking is located directly outside The Oxfordshire Museum. There are also other spaces there but these are limited. There is a FREE public car park a short walk away in Hensington Road.

Soldiers of Oxfordshire - conflict and county
Park Street
Woodstock
Oxfordshire
OX20 1SS
England

Website

www.sofo.org.uk/

Telephone

01993 810210

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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