Latest Acquisition


A model of St. Catherine’s Church Toweresy is on loan to the museum whilst building work is carried out on the church.

The model was made by Robert Gatward, who lived in Toweresey and had jewellery shop in Thame. It is not known when he made the model, but if you have any information, please let us know.

The interior is very detailed and can be viewed by pressing the button to light up.

We hope you enjoy this new exhibit.

Commemorative memorabilia.

See our recently acquired collection of commemorative ware, including several pieces produced for the coronation of King Edward VIII. Because of the Abdication it would be thought these would be quite rare, but this is not the case. Perhaps it was such a significant part of history at the time that people hung on to them. Also on display, two dolls, one Victorian and one from the 1940s, plus an Iron Cross medal from WWI, and some early contact lenses.

All can be found in the Recent Acquisitions cabinet in reception



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

“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

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It has been replaced by the Hussar’s uniform on loan from the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum at Woodstock.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.


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



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79 High Street, Thame, OX9 3AE

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.