Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust
The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust
The Old Tannery
At the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust Research Centre there is a small but comprehensive collection of uniforms, paintings, photographs, medals and other artefacts reflecting the history of the county regiment of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (now part of the Royal Green Jackets). The collections include books, photographs and archives relating to the OBLI, together with items relating to the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars (which are owned by the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust).
Housed in galleries nearby at The Oxfordshire Museum you can see two exhibitions by the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust and find out more about the military heritage of the area and its social impact.
Children and War – the Oxfordshire Story opens October 16th 2011.
The exhibition touches on many aspects of war and warfare, considering how they affect children from both a military and civilian standpoint. It looks at boy soldiers, war graves and commemoration, war-time toys and games, evacuees and refugees, and children helping with the war effort. All this is examined through the lens of the county of Oxfordshire to tell a rich and fascinating story.
The exhibition is family friendly with activities for children including trails, dressing up and objects to handle. A programme for schools is also available.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Winston Churchill, Oxfordshire Hussar, 1901-1965.
This exhibition illustrates how Churchill was an enthusiastic and effective TA soldier, and how soldiering was part of his blood. This aspect of his life rarely figures in biographies. Some of the photographs and items on display have never been seen in public.
Museum, Library, Archive
Thurs 10.00-16.00 By telephone appointment only
Closed: Mon Tues Sat Sun
Free but small donations welcomed
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.
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.