Latest Acquisition

“Elizabeth” is now on display in the main gallery

This Victorian doll was donated to the museum with a small leather trunk containing clothes and accessories.

The doll was sent away for repair and was beautifully restored by Gill Richards, an award winning doll maker and restorer from Bristol.

Information included with the doll leads us to believe that it was used by a travelling salesman working for John Noble Ltd. of Manchester. John Noble was a Victorian costumier and the doll’s clothes would have been exquisite miniature samples made to scale.

The doll and the collection of clothes were owned locally, and had been passed down through the family. We have named the doll Elizabeth after the donor.

Elizabeth before her recovery

Pachisi is a game which originated in ancient India. Two to four players move the wooden pieces across the embroidered cloth board, using small cowrie shells to score , rather than dice as in our version called Ludo. This game originally belonged to Ross Dike’s grandparents who lived and worked in India. You can see this on display in the recent acquisitions cabinet in the reception area of the museum. We are looking for some small cowrie shells to complete the game. If you have some that you would like to donate, please let us know.


Look out for a new cabinet near Tom the policeman, with objects associated with both law and order and also lawlessness!

A recent donation of a horse’s head collar, which has been cleaned and conserved, now hangs near the display of agricultural objects.

Although the windows in the main gallery are covered with a protective coating to filter UV light, as a precaution, the popular Mott wedding dress has been removed from display to allow it to “rest” for a while.

It has been replaced by the Hussar’s uniform on loan from the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum at Woodstock. The original owner was a member of the Bull family from Tiddington but we have been unable to discover any facts about this. If any-one has more details we would be pleased to hear from you.

Look out for the next edition of Country Life magazine on April 20th, which features an article on our famous wall-paintings, to be found in the Tudor Room.




Over a third of the crosses have been delivered, many to the remote locations. Another third have been allocated and should be delivered this year.

There are many locations in UK and abroad still unallocated:

Abroad: Egypt, Germany, Libya, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Salonica, Tunisia and Turkey.
UK: Cambridgeshire, Chatham, Berkhamstead, Portsmouth and Plymouth.


Did you know that the museum holds a magnificent collection of photographs?  Copies  are available for purchase.  Enquire at reception



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Museums of Oxfordshire App

The Museum is part of the initial roll out of the Museums of Oxfordshire App being funded by the BOB Museums Development Programme. As part of this initiative, we have been given three small Asus tablets so that visitors can readily partake of the App. It is predicted that 90% of the population will be regular users of tablets and smart phones by 2016 so we cannot ignore this way of delivering our Museum to you. We hope this exciting new venture will attract a new and younger audience to the Museum. The content of the App needs further development particularly the use of video. If anyone has knowledge or experience in this area and feels that they may be able to help we would love to hear from you. You can access the App currently through the QR code on your phone or tablet.

Two Deliveries in France

Two crosses were delivered last month in Northern France y Roy and Sue Motteram. The remembered men both died of wounds in 1971; Charles (Alder) Allen is buried in Wimereux near Boulogne and Willis Jane is buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery north of Dieppe.

Roy laying the Thame Remembers Cross at Wimereux Cemetery. The ground here is too soft for the grave stones to be set upright. The cemetery is next to the local community cemetery and contains 2847 WW1 British graves and 14 WW2.

Sue laying the Thame Remembers Cross at Le Treport Military Cemetery. Le Treport was an important hospital centre throughout WW1 and the cemetery contains 455 WW1 burials and 4 from WW2, three of which are unidentified.