Bate Collection

Oxford University Bate Collection

In 1963 Philip Bate generously gave to the University of Oxford his extensive and systematic collection of European orchestral woodwind instruments. Since then he has continued to augment the Collection with gifts and loans, both of woodwind and brass. As a result of his original conditional of gift, that students should be able to play these historic instruments, the Bate Collection is unique in that many of its instruments are used. Philip Bate's friend and colleague Reginald Morley-Pegge both gave and also permitted instruments to be bought from his collection.

Oxford Town Hall

Oxford Town Hall

Oxford Town Hall is an impressive grade 2* Victorian building that continues to play a key role in the management, social and cultural life of residents and visitors but is also a versatile venue and home of the Museum of Oxford. Located in the centre of Oxford only a 10 minute walk from the train station, with many bus routes stopping right at the door, parking close by and many top quality hotels, this multi purpose venue is an ideal location to host your event or start your visit in Oxford.

Museum of the History of Science

The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. We are both a department of the University of Oxford and an active public museum, offering a programme of family-friendly events, gallery tours, table talks and much more, along with taught sessions for schools.

Gloucester Life Museum

The Life Museum in Westgate Street takes a fascinating look at the social history, crafts, trades and industries of the City and County of Gloucester with everything from 16th century maces to 'groovy gadgets' of the 20th century! Set in Tudor timber-framed buildings, one of which was traditionally associated with the final night of the protestant martyr, Bishop Hooper, the Folk Museum is a complex of rooms mostly on three different levels and with a unique ambience that makes it a popular sight for locals and visitors.

Wotton Under Edge Heritage Centre

Wotton Under Edge Heritage Centre

Wotton-Under-Edge Heritage Centre houses the collection of the Wotton-under-Edge Historical Society as well as a wide range of resources for family and local history research. The collection provides a good example of artefacts from Wotton's crafts and industries along with photographs, postcards, documents, maps and books of local interest.

Tom Brown's School Museum

The museum has exhibits celebrating two of Uffington's more famous past residents, the author Thomas Hughes and the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman. Hughes was born in Uffington in 1822. The display describes Hughes' early life, his later interest in Christian Socialism, and his efforts to establish a colony in Rugby, Tennessee, where his ideas could be put into practice. Also explained are the connections between Hughes' famous book 'Tom Brown's Schooldays' and Uffington.

Champs Chapel Museum

Champs Chapel, built in 1453 for Carthusian monks, contains a selection of East Hendred Heritage Trust’s collection of village artefacts, pictures, documents, books and photographs most of which can be viewed on computer if not on display. Separately housed is the 19th century village fire engine. Exhibits in the museum trace more than a 1000 years of the history of East Hendred, a history which is closely interweaved with that of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and England.

Didcot Railway Centre

The Didcot Railway Centre contains a collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics; and a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway. It is located in a rural setting based around the original 1930s engine shed. The Great Western Society was offered the use of the site and took it over in 1967. The society has a comprehensive collection of Great Western Railway (GWR) locomotives and rolling stock.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History, sometimes known simply as the Oxford University Museum, is a museum displaying many of the University of Oxford's natural history specimens, located on Parks Road in Oxford. It also contains a lecture theatre which is used by the University's chemistry, zoology and mathematics departments. The University Museum provides the only access into the adjoining Pitt Rivers Museum.

Heritage Motor Centre

The Heritage Motor Centre is a British motor museum and research centre, located at Gaydon in Warwickshire. The centre houses a collection of important vehicles, celebrating Britain's motoring heritage. It is affiliated to the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust.

With 200 classic vehicles on display in the Centre's museum, the collection charts the history of the British car industry from the turn of the century to the present day.

Bloxham Village Museum

Bloxham Museum showing local history and illustrating village life. There are no steps involved when entering the Museum or indeed inside. The new cases are very easy to see either on foot or from a wheel chair. There is an adjacent carpark and a tarmac surface from there to the Museum. Labels are in fairly large print to assist easy reading.

Swalcliffe Barn Museum

Swalcliffe tithe barn was built in 1401-1407. It is considered one of the best examples of a mediaeval tithe barn in England and has an almost completely intact medieval timber half-cruck roof. The barn is open free of charge on Sundays from Easter to October and houses part of the Oxfordshire Museum's collection of traditional agricultural and trade vehicles and an exhibition of 2,500 years of Swalcliffe history.

Dorchester Abbey Museum

Dorchester Abbey Museum is a local museum in Dorchester (The Oxfordshire Dorchester, not the County Town of Dorset!) and is attached to Dorchester Abbey. The museum occupies two buildings on the site of Dorchester Abbey. The Old Schoolroom, part of the former 14th-century guest house of the abbey, has displays of artefacts, illustrations and maps concerning the history of Dorchester and its surroundings. The area has been inhabited for over 6,000 years. It also houses a historical archive. The Cloister Gallery is a new gallery on the northern wall of the Abbey, built in 2001.