2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of Charlbury Museum, as one of the functions of the Charlbury Society. In March 1949 Charlbury people loaned items for a Historical Exhibition, opened by Professor V H Galbraith, held over 3 days, visited by 650 people. Some of the loaned items were later donated for the basis of a small museum on the top floor of the Corner House when the Charlbury Society was established in May 1949. Intensive work by generations of volunteers has extended and improved the museum over 70 years, raising funds from admission fees, selling cakes and coffee, plants and bric a brac, and grants for specific projects from the Town and District Councils.
Where is it? The Museum is in part of the Corner House, in Market Street, opposite the Deli.
Opening hours: From Easter to the end of September on Saturdays 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 2.30 to 4.30 p.m, also on Fridays during August from 10.30 to 12.30. On Street Fair Day the Museum opens all day from 10.30 am to 5 pm.
Admission fee: £1 per adult, children free.
Can you help? Yes, why not join the hard-working stewards, who welcome visitors to the museum Contact Janet Jeffs, tel 0160810709.
There are five rooms to explore. Exciting plans are afoot to return the restored farm wagon to the museum in late summer 2019, to the room for which funds were raised in 2000/2 from generous donors in the town and elsewhere. Meanwhile there is a temporary exhibition - Wagon, Wool and Wheat - on farms and farming locally. Come and see the newly restored painting by William Bowly of Duck Shooting at Cornbury, the restoration funded from individual donations and the Charlbury Society. The centenary of Charlbury Women's Institute in 2019 is also remembered in Room 3.
To request special visits to the museum, please contact the Curator, Celia Faulkner, 01608 810656 or Janet Jeffs, Tel: 01608 810709. The Curator's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Access: 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. 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.
Keep an eye on our noticeboard for news of special events.
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 the wagon. We have two wheels and the tailboard in the museum waiting for the rest of the vehicle to join them.