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Oxfordshire Museums Council

Bringing History to the Public

The Ashmolean Museum

Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum is the UK’s oldest public museum and home to one of the most important collections of art and archaeology to be found anywhere.
The new six-storey Ashmolean building, which reopened in 2009 following a transformative redevelopment, houses 39 new galleries; a spectacular atrium and Oxford’s first rooftop restaurant.

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Abingdon County Hall Museum

The museum is situated in the historic, grade 1 listed County Hall built in 1682. The displays tells the story of the people who have lived here from earliest times, the establishment of the Abbey and the development of the town of Abingdon,, which in the 20th century became the home of MG Cars. Special […]

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Aston Martin Museum

The Aston Martin Heritage Trust Museum at Drayton St. Leonard, Oxfordshire is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the significant historic heritage of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. through our collections and educational programmes. The medieval barn in which the Museum is housed provides the perfect backdrop to display our extensive collections. The Barn Built in the fifteenth century by the […]

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Bampton Community Archive

Bampton Archive is based in the Vesey Room of the Old Grammar School Building, which some people will recognise because it was used as the ‘Hospital’ in the popular TV series Downton Abbey. It hosts a number of exhibitions each year and houses an extensive archive with over 2000 photographs and DVD’s all concerning Bampton’s […]

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Banbury Museum

Banbury’s modern canal-side museum offers exhibitions and events for the whole family. Hands on displays tell of the town’s origin and history. The Civil War, plush manufacturing, the Victorian market town, costume from the 17th century to the present day, Tooley’s Boatyard and the Oxford Canal, are just some of the stories illustrated in the […]

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Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

The Bate Collection celebrates the history and development of musical instruments of the Western Classical tradition.  It  has over 2000 instruments  with more than a thousand on display. They  range  from a 13th century deer-bone whistle, bequeathed in 2010, through the renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and up to modern times. The collection also contains examples […]

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