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

SOFO Saturday Kids Club

  • 13 January 2018 1-3:30pm
  • 3 February 2018 1-3:30pm
  • 3 March 2018 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 4th November 2017
1pm – 3.30pm
‘Gunpowder Plot!’ Please book
Get in the mood for bonfire night.

Saturday 25th November 2017
1pm – 3.30pm
‘Cracking Christmas!’ - Please book
Be inspired by the festive season.

Saturday 13th January 2018
1pm – 3.30pm
‘Dungeons and Dragons!’ Please book
Step back to in time to Medieval mayhem.

Saturday 3rd February 2018
1pm – 3.30pm
‘Call the Medics!’ Please book
Come to the rescue with army medicine.

Saturday 3rd March 2018
1pm – 3.30pm
‘Sensational Saxons!’ Please book
Meet the soldiers and settlers of Oxfordshire.

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

  • 20 December 2017 2-4pm
  • 14 February 2018 2-4pm
  • 4 April 2018 2-4pm
  • 11 April 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 FREE


Wednesday 25th October 2-4pm – Halloween lanterns.
Wednesday 20th December 2-4pm – Sparkly Christmas decorations.
Wednesday 14th February 2-4pm – Precious gifts for a loved one.
Wednesday 4th April 2-4pm – Spring surprises!
Wednesday 11h April 2-4pm – Crazy junk models.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4

Admission

£2 per child. Adults and children under 3 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

  • 16 February 2018 10am-12:30pm
  • 6 April 2018 10am-12:30pm
  • 13 April 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 week there’s a new theme inspired by history, the seasons, or wildlife. No parents!

Friday 27th October 2017
10am – 12.30pm
‘Spooks and ghouls!’ Please book
Lots of Halloween fun and military tricks.

Friday 16th February 2018
10am – 12.30pm
‘Rocking rockets!’ Please book
How far will yours go?

Friday 6th April 2018
10am – 12.30pm
‘Easter hunt!’ Please book
Celebrate Easter with a wartime twist.

Friday 13th April 2018
10am – 12.30pm
‘Going potty!’ Please book
Join the home front and grow your own!


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/

Painting of men in redcoats aboard the troopship Birkenhead

Glyn Evans on ‘Troopship Birkenhead‘

  • 7 February 2018 7-8:30pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018. 7.00pm – 8.30pm.
Doors open 6.45pm.
Refreshments available.

In 1852 the troopship Birkenhead sailed for South Africa with a motley collection of troop reinforcements for Britain’s army fighting native forces there, including a detachment of the 43rd Light Infantry (the 1st Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry). Many on board were new recruits and the voyage gave the officers a chance to instil in them a discipline that was to be put to the test sooner than expected. The sinking of the ship and the heroics surrounding the event became the legend known as “The Birkenhead Drill.”

Glyn Evans was born in Birkenhead in 1944 and spent many happy hours as a Sea Scout rowing round the docks among the cargo vessels using the port. He began work in Liverpool as a marine insurance underwriter, crossing the River Mersey each day by a ferry that had to dodge through the busy shipping traffic. Now retired to Kent, he has written many articles on marine subjects and has two books published to date, “The Maritime Art of Kenneth D Shoesmith” and “Dazzle-Painted Ships of WWI.” He is a member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 per ticket

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/product/troopship-birkenhead/

Painting by Christa Hook depicting the rout of Napoleon's Imperial Guard at Waterloo. A Brtisih officer on horseback is seen with his Shako hat lifted in the air on the tip of his sabre, other British troops watch in the background, while routed French troops lay in front of him.

Nick Haynes on The 52nd and the Rout of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard at Waterloo

  • 11 April 2018 7-8:30pm

Nick Haynes’
‘The 52nd and the Rout of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard at Waterloo’
Wednesday 11th April 2018. 7.00pm – 8.30pm.
Doors open 6.45pm.
Refreshments available.

Of the many controversies arising from the Battle of Waterloo, that surrounding the role of the 52nd in the rout of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard in the last stages of the battle remains one of the most hotly-debated. Resentment at Wellington’s failure to recognise the 52nd’s key role led the Regiment’s George Gawler to take to the pages of the United Services Journal in 1834.
Thirty years later, the Rev William Leeke, one of the most junior ensigns at his first battle, published , in 1866, the history of the Regiment at Waterloo.”It is beginning to be more and more widely understood” he opened his Preface with, “that a very great injustice has been done to Lord Seaton and the 52nd Light Infantry, which regiment he commanded [as Lieutenant Colonel Sir John Colborne] by those who have attempted in subsequent years, to write the history of that great battle.” Latest to advance the cause of his old regiment is Nigel Sale with ‘The Lie at the Heart of Waterloo’ (2014). There are those from the French perspective, such as Paul Dawson, who contend that the 52nd were only opposed by line infantry and not the Imperial Guard at all! (‘Au Pas de Charge!’, 2015, and ‘Waterloo: The Truth at Last’, 2017).

Nick Haynes grappled with all but Dawson’s latest book when compiling the guidebook for The Rifles Battlefield Study of the Waterloo Campaign in 2015. He returns to the fray, armed with new material -including from Dawson’s latest book- and will present his appraisal of the source material, including maps from Leeke’s annotated copy of William Siborne’s Waterloo Mapbook. The presentation will be illustrated throughout from the collections of SOFO and the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum.

Painting by Christa Hook, used by kind permission of Hugh Dumas.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 per ticket.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/product/the52ndatwaterloo/

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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