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.
A close up of a scene from the mosaic reproduction of the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting a horse charge of Norman cavalry

1066: A Medieval Mosaic

  • 11 February — 31 May 2019 *on now

The Medieval Mosaic is a re-recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry handcrafted from 3 million pieces of spring steel. The mosaic, created by Michael A. Linton, is 64 metres long, weighs 350kg and took 33 years to complete.

It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest steel mosaic. In 2005 Michael added an 8 metre 'Finale Section' which depicts events leading up to the crowning of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day 1066. In 2012, a 22 metre section was added to cover the Battles of Fulford and Stamford Bridge. The mosaic now measures close to double the length of the Bayeux Tapestry.

Exhibition available throughout regular museum opening times. Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm, Sundays 2pm - 5pm.

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
(2 adults & up to 4 children): £12.00
(1 adult & up to 4 children): £10.00
(1 adult and up to 2 children): £8.50

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/visit-us/

A 'scrap book' style collage of photos of people and places during the First World War

Oxford: The War and the World, 1914-1919

  • 19 March — 31 July 2019 *on now

An exhibition highlighting the wartime experiences of men and women, be they ‘town’, ‘gown’, or from overseas. By focusing on individual stories the exhibition hopes to emphasise Oxford’s international connections during the First World War and helps to expand understanding of different types of war experiences beyond the trenches. Taken together, these stories show how varied Oxford’s war experiences were, encouraging us to consider the relationship between Oxford’s ‘local’ and ‘global’ history.

SOFO Museum Opens 10am to 5pm Tuesday - Friday, 11am - 5pm Saturdays and 2pm to 5pm Sundays. See our website for full details and admission prices

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard Museum Admission: Adults £4.50, Concessions £3.80, Children £2.50.

Family Tickets and Annual Passes also available among other special offers.

Website

http://www.sofo.org.uk/visit-us/

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

SOFO Family Open Afternoons

  • 10 April 2019 2-4pm
  • 17 April 2019 2-4pm
  • 29 May 2019 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 20th February 2-4pm - Funky Junk Modelling
Wednesday 10th April 2-4pm - Run Rabbit!
Wednesday 17th April 2-4pm - Excellent Easter Baskets!
Wednesday 29th May 2-4pm - Amazing Medals!

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/

Black and white photograph of Noor Inayat Khan in her uniform.

Shrabani Basu - Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan

  • 29 March 2019 7-8:30pm

The Chairman of the SOFO Friends invites you to attend this special fundraiser event which marks the launch of a series of events remembering the Second World War.

Shrabani Basu’s

‘Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan’

Date: Friday 29th March 2019. 7.00pm.

Venue: BANBURY TOWN HALL, BRIDGE ST, BANBURY, OX16 5QB

Shrabani Basu, bestselling author of Victoria & Abdul (now a major feature film starring Judi Dench) discusses the inspiring story of Noor Inayat Khan, a secret agent in the Second World War. She was the first woman radio operator to be infiltrated into occupied France in 1943, working under the code name ‘Madeleine’.

Hear about her extraordinary life as an SOE operative, which led to her being awarded the George Cross for bravery.

Admission

Tickets £15

Website

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

Collage of WW1 Propaganda Posters

By Land, Sea and Air: Winning the 1st World War Through Art

  • 10 April 2019 7-8:30pm

Peter Vass’
‘By Land, Sea and Air: Winning the 1st World War Through Art’
Wednesday 10th April 2019. 7.00pm – 8.30pm.
Doors open 6.45pm.
Refreshments available.

Using material from the most wide-ranging propaganda exercise in the 1st World War, Peter Vass looks at how British servicemen in the army, navy and the newly emerging air force were depicted by artists for propaganda purposes.

Admission

Tickets £10

Website

https://www.sofo.org.uk/product/petervasstalk/

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

  • 31 May 2019 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 31st May
10am – 12.30pm
Bubble Science!


To book sessions please visit our website, phone 01993 810214 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/

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’

  • 12 June 2019 6:45-8:30pm

Wednesday 12th June 2019. 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

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Website

http://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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