On Sunday 13th October 2019 the restored wagon returned to the museum, after years of painstaking work by Michael Jones, Conservator, and his team. The wagon, discovered at Coldron Mill near Spelsbury, used to stand in the museum garden and had become very dilapidated. It was donated by Miss Elsie Corbett and Miss Susan Thomson in 1964. The Wagon Room was built for it in 2000/2, after a massive fund-raising exercise organised by the Charlbury Society (the Museum's parent body), the Corner House and the Town Council. The delicate exercise of transporting the wagon back to Charlbury was skilfully planned by Michael Jones, and carried out with the generous help of Charlbury Beer Festival volunteers.
The museum closed on 29th September 2019, and will reopen on Easter Saturday 2020. The winter will be spent in reorganising exhibits displaced from the Wagon Room, preparing new displays for 2020 and continuing to catalogue and label our thousands of exhibits. Discussions will continue with the Corner House Committee about the possibility of finding more storage and public space for the museum.
Glover, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor: Charlbury and the First World War".
The Museum's publication costs only £8 per copy. The book records the valuable and fascinating information discovered during the Museum's exhibition on World War I in 2014. Contact Diana Bennett (see main page) to buy a copy while the museum is closed, buy one at Tim Widdows's shop, or buy one when you visit after Easter.
Join the Museum Stewards and help us to welcome walkers, runners, cyclists and even people from Charlbury to explore the museum's fascinating contents. We entertain visitors from every county in the UK, and from countries all over the world.
The museum garden continues to be kept in order by volunteer Vi Welbourn and the whole town benefits from her hard work and artistry.