Charlbury Museum

The history of your town, your family, your house, your shop: you will find it at Charlbury Museum, run by a sub-committee of the Charlbury Society.

Listen to Witney Radio at 11 am on Saturday 26th August for a one hour programme about the museum. Charlbury's Jenny Howe interviews Sue and Janet about the development of the museum alongside the Charlbury Society since 1949. Listen on 99.9FM if you can, or listen via Witney Radio's website under "My Friends and other acquaintances".

The book to mark the centenary of the First World War and how Charlbury people served their country, Glover, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor: Charlbury and the First World War, is now available on sale in the Museum at £8 per copy.

The museum is housed in part of the Corner House in Market Street in the centre of the town (postcode OX7 3PN). It is open this year from 1st April to 1st October on Saturdays 10 to 12 noon, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 2.30 to 4.30 p.m, also on Fridays during August from 10.00 to 12 noon. On Saturday 9th September the Museum will be open from 10 am till 4 pm to welcome visitors to the Tour of Britain Cycle Race event. On Street Fair day 16th September the museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm. Thre are five rooms to explore.

To request access at other times, please contact the Curator, Celia Faulkner, 01608 810656 or Janet Jeffs, Tel: 01608 810709. The Curator's email is, or email

Admission £1.00 Accompanied children free

Charlbury is accessible by regular trains from Oxford and Worcester. Buses run from Oxford (Stagecoach S3), and the X9 between Chipping Norton and Witney [no buses on Sundays or bank holidays].

Wheelchair users are welcome to visit the museum. Refreshments are available in local cafes and pubs and there are regular coffee mornings on Fridays and Saturdays at the Corner House. Toilets are available at the Corner House during museum opening hours.

See our Events page for the exciting programme in 2017/8.

Keep an eye on our noticeboard for the monthly Town News of Charlbury life at home during the First World War a century ago.

The Museum is run by a volunteer sub-committee of the Charlbury Society, appointed each year at their AGM. One of the Charlbury Society's three aims is to maintain a collection of objects of local interest, i.e. the Museum Collection.

Our new exhibition for 2017 tells the story of Henry Allen's drapery, which operated from a shop at the bottom of Church Street for nearly 150 years. The shop was run by Henry's father before him and his wife and daughter after his death in 1905. Come along and see what we wore and how we shopped at the turn of the century.

Our permanent exhibition
Charlbury Museum is one of the finest small museums in the county. Its five rooms are crammed with exhibits revealing the history of this ancient market town, together with a large collection of photographs of Charlbury and its people at work and play in years gone by. You can be sure of a warm welcome on your visit, and there are plenty of books, DVDs, cards and other items to buy as a souvenir.

Links: To find out about other Oxfordshire Museums
The photo below shows our waggon, which is being restored - we have two wheels and the tailboard in the museum!

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