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 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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, 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 ext 3

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 listed facilities are already in place for our archive and our family open days in the lead up to our opening. A greater range of facilities will be available when the Museum is fully open in June 2014. 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/

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.
Film poster for Fury, Brad Pitt stands before a tank, he's in military uniform looking off into the distance, while other men can be seen in and around the vehicle in the background.

SOFO Cinema Club Presents: Fury

  • 5 July 2017 6:30-9pm

Fury (2014) Cert: 15 134 mins

July 5th 2017. Start time: 7.00pm.

Join us for our own version of The Tank Museum’s Tankfest but on a smaller digital scale!

Filmed partly in Oxfordshire, the film is set in April 1945, as the Allies are making their final push in the European theatre. A battle-hardened Army sergeant named Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt), leading a Sherman tank and a five-man crew, undertakes a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Hopelessly outnumbered, outgunned and saddled with an inexperienced soldier (Logan Lerman) in their midst, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds as they move to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Doors open 6.30pm with refreshments available.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3.50 per ticket or £6 for two.

Website

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

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

  • 8 July 2017 1-3:30pm
  • 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/

wartime photo of a ship damaged and sinking during 'The St. Nazaire Raid'

Nick Beattie’s ‘The St Nazaire Raid’

  • 12 July 2017 6:45-8:30pm

Nick Beattie’s
‘The St Nazaire Raid’
Wednesday 12th July 2017. 7.00pm – 8.30pm.
Doors open 6.45pm.
Refreshments available.

The St Nazaire Raid or Operation Chariot was a successful British amphibious attack on the heavily defended Normandie dry dock at St Nazaire in German-occupied France during the Second World War. The operation was undertaken by the Royal Navy and British Commandos under the auspices of Combined Operations Headquarters on 28 March 1942.

Admission

£10 per ticket.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/product/the-st-nazaire-raid/

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

SOFO Family Open Afternoons

  • 26 July 2017 2-4pm
  • 2 August 2017 2-4pm
  • 9 August 2017 2-4pm
  • 16 August 2017 2-4pm
  • 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

  • 28 July 2017 10am-12:30pm
  • 4 August 2017 10am-12:30pm
  • 11 August 2017 10am-12:30pm
  • 18 August 2017 10am-12:30pm
  • 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 6:30-9pm

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/

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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