Soldiers of Oxfordshire - conflict and county

Soldiers of Oxfordshire - conflict and county
Park Street
Woodstock
Oxfordshire
OX20 1SS
England

Website

www.sofo.org.uk/

Telephone

01993 810210

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Come face to face with the heroes of the past and present!

At our heart is the celebrated history of the two county regiments, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Oxfordshire Yeomanry.

Our permanent displays tell not just their stories but also intriguing insights into this military county; the airfields and secret locations so important to victory in the Second World War and the lives of those left behind, families and children who still today live next to current military installations.

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.
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Regiment

Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-18

  • 5 — 31 August 2015

The Soldiers of Oxfordshire museum has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant of £80,000. ‘Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-18’ are exciting and engaging exhibitions and outreach programmes, combining SOFO's previously unseen military heritage collections with a unique series of community projects and events.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/whatson.php

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.
Churchill

Ashley Jackson- Churchill: Command and Leadership

  • 14 May 2015

As part of the Museums at Night SOFO is opening out of hours for a talk on Churchill a man who inspires controversy but also fascination in his leadership and guidance through the war. This talk is part of our Churchill programme commemorating 50 years since the death of Winston Churchill and 70 years since the end of World War 2.

Ashley Jackson is Professor of Imperial and Military History at King's College London, and a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford. Resident in Woodstock since the mid-1990s, Ashley has been involved with SOFO since 2009. He has written nine books on aspects of Britain's imperial and military history, including a biography of Winston Churchill.

Tickets are available in our online shop and from the museum or by calling 01993 810213

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are £7.50

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk

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.

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