Soldiers of Oxfordshire - conflict and county

Soldiers of Oxfordshire - conflict and county
Access is via The Oxfordshire Museum
Park Street
OX20 1SS



01993 810210

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Opening in June 2014, Soldiers of Oxfordshire - Conflict and County focusses on the experience of local people affected by war at home and abroad, with displays and activities to engage families, schools, life-long learners and social and military researchers alike. In addition, the first phase of our flagship project 'Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-1918' opens in August revealing stories and personal experiences never before told.
Situated in the town of Winston Churchill's birth, our new building brings together for the first time the collections of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry and the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, plus many new treasures reflecting the county's past and present experience of conflict.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive

Opening hours

The museum will be fully open to the public in June 2014

The research archive is currently open Thurs 10.00-16.00
By telephone appointment only - 01993 810210

Admission charges


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.
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.

'Stories of World War One' with children's author Tony Bradman

  • 15 May 2014

Come inside the soon-to-open Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum and join renowned children's author Tony Bradman for a lively workshop especially for children aged 7-13. Hear Tony discuss characters and stories from his new book 'Stories of World War One' - some darkly funny, many poignant but all exciting and thought-provoking. Fire your imagination and look at the war from the perspective of different individuals - young people, girls and boys and people from many countries.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13