Charlbury Museum


The museum is situated next to the Corner House in Market Street in the centre of the town (postcode OX7 3PN). It is open from April to the end of September 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 Street Fair day in September the museum is open all day. Thre are five rooms to explore.

We can open up at other times by arrangement with the Curator, Celia Faulkner, 01608 810656 or Janet Jeffs, Tel: 01608 810709. The Curator's email is

Admission £1.00 Accompanied children free

Charlbury is accessible by train from Oxford and Worcester. Buses run from Oxford (Stagecoach 20A), and the X9 between Chipping Norton and Witney [no buses on Sundays or bank holidays].

It is possible for a wheelchair user to get around inside the museum, and there is access to the Corner House toilets. Refreshments are available in local cafes and pubs and there are regular coffee mornings on Fridays and Saturdays at the Corner House.

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

You will also find on our noticeboard details of the monthly Charlbury Society talks in the War Memorial Hall on the second Friday of the month at 8 pm, between October and May. The Museum is run by a 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 will tell 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. This promises to be a great exhibition,in which you can see the customers of the shop and their shopping lists, original bill-heads, Victorian clothing and sewing materials - you'll be amazed at the variety of items which were sold in his Charlbury shop between 1880 and 1912.
Come along and see what we wore and how we shopped at the turn of the 20th century.
Linked with this exhibition, we are holding an event (The Charlbury Sewing Bee) in the Morris Room of the Corner House on 1st and 2nd July. There will be demonstrations of Victorian sewing techniques and a chance to have a go yourselves. Sunday teas will be available too. Look out for more information on our noticeboard and on the Charlbury website nearer the time.

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. There is plenty here to interest both adults and children.

The contents include:
blacksmith's forge
glove-making tools
penny-farthing bicycle
watchmaker's tools
Victorian costumes
old shop and inn signs
farming tools and stonemason's tools

We also have a large collection of photographs of Charlbury and its people at work and play in years gone by. We have some records of baptisms, marriages and burials, if you are researching your family tree. In addition, we have a special exhibition on a changing theme every year. Charlbury Museum is run entirely by volunteers. You can be sure of a warm welcome on your visit.

Items for sale
Two original 19th century Paper Bags illustrating items which were for sale in Luker's Shoe and Boot Emporium (the site of the future new Deli) in the early 20th century. Framed, together with a photo of the shop as it was, and a brief history, either bag would make an interesting and original gift.

DVD 'A Walk Around Charlbury in 1990' by former resident Ray Marshall - £5.00
To order Our Jubilee Booklet - A Walk Round Charlbury in the 1950s - £6.00
Museum tea towels, 'Rules for the School'. The fearsome regulations of a girls' charity school in Charlbury c.1800. Only £4
The DVD, Memories of Charlbury, £7.50 (This takes you on a trip around Charlbury from around 1890 to the early 1900s with the help of old photographs and a commentary by older Charlbury residents) £7.50
The booklet Charlbury in the 1930s, with Vic Brackenbury's boyhood memories of the town before the 2nd World War, excellent value at £5
Parish Maps, a snip at £3.50
We also have a range of books (including the Town Trail leaflet), cards, notelets and Museum pencils.

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

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