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: 11:00-17:00
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.
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 *on now

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

SOFO Holiday Kids Club

  • 1 June 2018 10am-12:30pm
  • 3 August 2018 10am-12:30pm
  • 10 August 2018 10am-12:30pm
  • 17 August 2018 10am-12:30pm
  • 24 August 2018 10am-12:30pm
  • 31 August 2018 10am-12:30pm
  • 26 October 2018 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 time there’s a new theme inspired by history, the seasons, or wildlife. No parents!

Friday 6th April
10am – 12.30pm
Easter Hunt!
Celebrate Easter with a wartime twist.

Friday 13th April
10am – 12.30pm
Going Potty!
Join the home front and grow your own!

Friday 1st June
10am – 12.30pm
Defying Gravity!

Friday 3rd August
10am – 12.30pm
Bubble Science!

Friday 10th August
10am – 12.30pm
Fun with Floating

Friday 17th August
10am – 12.30pm
Colour Science!

Friday 24th August
10am – 12.30pm
Get Wacky with Water!

Friday 31st August
10am – 12.30pm
Fun with Electronics

Friday 26th October
10am – 12.30pm
Marvellous Mosaics!



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

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • Especially for children

Admission

£8 per child.

Website

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

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

SOFO After School Kids Club

  • 20 June 2018 3:45-5pm
  • 18 July 2018 3:45-5pm
  • 19 September 2018 3:45-5pm
  • 17 October 2018 3:45-5pm
  • 14 November 2018 3:45-5pm
  • 5 December 2018 3:45-5pm

Join our brand new after-school sessions packed with things to make and do, plus games and outdoor fun. For ages 6-9 years, no parents needed! Each session has a different theme.

Wednesday 18th April
3.45 – 5.00pm
Call the Medics!
Come to the rescue with army medicine.

Wednesday 16th May
3.45 – 5.00pm
Celebrate the Museums at Night Festival!
Bring along your own collection.

Wednesday 20th June
3.45 – 5.00pm
Roman Invaders!
What did they do for us?

Wednesday 18th July
3.45 – 5.00pm
Wonderful Wildlife!
Welcome Summer with a focus on nature

Wednesday 19th September
3.45 – 5.00pm
Amazing Egyptians!
Discover the mysteries of this ancient civilisation

Wednesday 17th October
3.45 – 5.00pm
Horrid Halloween!
A spooky session of ghosts and ghouls

Wednesday 14th November
3.45 – 5.00pm
The Normans are Coming!
Be inspired by our amazing Bayeux Tapestry.

Wednesday 5th December
3.45 – 5.00pm
Christmas Cracker!
Get in the mood for the festive season.

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

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£3.50 per child.

Website

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

A young boy stands in the museum next to a display featuring a gas mask and rifle from WW2, he's smiling and is giving a thumbs up gesture with both hands.

SOFO Youth Platoon - After School Club

  • 21 June 2018 3:45-5pm
  • 19 July 2018 3:45-5pm
  • 20 September 2018 3:45-5pm
  • 18 October 2018 3:45-5pm
  • 15 November 2018 3:45-5pm
  • 6 December 2018 3:45-5pm

By popular demand, SOFO has introduced a monthly club for older children interested in military history. Come along after school to meet Museum experts, guess the mystery object or try a new activity.

For young people 10 – 13 years, no parents!

Dates for 2018:
Thursday 19th April 3.45 – 5.00pm
Thursday 17th May 3.45 – 5.00pm
Thursday 21st June 3.45 – 5.00pm
Thursday 19th July 3.45 – 5.00pm
Thursday 20th September 3.45 – 5.00pm
Thursday 18th October 3.45 – 5.00pm
Thursday 15th November 3.45 – 5.00pm
Thursday 6th December 3.45 – 5.00pm

Suitable for

  • 11-13

Admission

£3.50 per child

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/product-category/kidsclubshop/youth-platoon/

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

SOFO Family Open Afternoons

  • 30 May 2018 2-4pm
  • 1 August 2018 2-4pm
  • 8 August 2018 2-4pm
  • 15 August 2018 2-4pm
  • 22 August 2018 2-4pm
  • 29 August 2018 2-4pm
  • 24 October 2018 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 3 go FREE!

Wednesday 30th May 2-4pm - Feathery Friends
Wednesday 1st August 2-4pm - Wonderful Weaving
Wednesday 8th August 2-4pm - Hold Your Horses!
Wednesday 15th August 2-4pm - Amazing Animal Masks
Wednesday 22nd August 2-4pm - Where Did You Get That Hat?
Wednesday 29th August 2-4pm - Woodstock Celebrates!
Wednesday 24th October 2-4pm - Brilliant Bayeux Tapestry

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£2 per child. Adults and children under 3 FREE.

Website

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

A woman and a young boy stand next to a biplane sitting on the airfield.

Peter Smith on Port Meadow: The Forgotten Aerodrome

  • 13 June 2018 7-8:30pm

Wednesday 13th June 2018.
7.00pm – 8.30pm (Doors open 6.45pm).
Refreshments available.

Find out about Port Meadow as a WW1 training aerodrome with local resident and Chair of the Wolvercote WW1 Aerodrome Memorial Project, Peter Smith. Using a mixture of period and current photos, extracts from the press of the period, and some short film clips if there is time, Peter will look at Port Meadow from pre-war 1910 to post war early 1930s, and its role in training new pilots in WW1, looking at what remains, and the human perspective including, importantly in this WW1 commemoration period, the fatalities associated with the aerodrome.

Admission

£10 per ticket

Website

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

Black and white photo portrait of Rudyard Kipling, he has short dark hair, a moustache, and wears round rimmed glasses.

Philip Geddes’ ‘An Evening with Rudyard Kipling’

  • 11 July 2018 6:45-8:30pm

Wednesday 11th July 2018. 7.00pm – 8.30pm.
Doors open 6.45pm.
Refreshments available.

“What comfort can I find ?” was the anguished question asked by the writer Rudyard Kipling after the death of his only son Jack at the Battle of Loos in the autumn of 1915. Kipling provided his own brutally realistic answer – “none this tide, nor any tide”. Kipling responded to his loss by becoming the unofficial voice of the people of Britain and its Empire. He wrote many of the words by which we now remember the dead of the Great War – striking phrases such as “Lest we forget” and “A Soldier of the Great War Known unto God.”

An Evening with Rudyard Kipling tells the story of Kipling’s life with readings from his poetry and prose. It takes Kipling from his early days as the chronicler of Britain’s Indian Raj, through to his high point as poet of Empire for Edwardian England and as voice of the nation in the First World War. The show includes many Kipling favourites – “If”, regularly voted Britain’s favourite poem, and extracts from Plain Tales from the Hills and the Just So stories.

Philip Geddes

Philip Geddes is ‘a child of the Empire’ and a long standing Kipling fan. His family served in India for almost 200 years in the army and as political officers. He was a journalist for 30 years with the BBC, ITV and The Financial Times (as European Editor for Financial Times Television). He then spent 15 years as a consultant to European Commission, advising senior level officials on the development and presentation of policy. He has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, and is author of two books – ‘In the Mouth of the Dragon’, on the future of Hong Kong and ‘Inside The Bank of England’, the first modern study of the Bank of England.

Admission

£10 per ticket

Website

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

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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