Thame Museum’s Collection comprises hundreds of objects, photographs, books and documents related to Thame and its environs, which help us to illustrate the Story of Thame.

The Museum also has a collection of local memories in the form of Oral Histories which have been recorded by the museum, telling the story of local people in their own words. The memories are local but are set in a time of national upheaval and uncertainty. The recordings make up a valuable historical archive and give a voice to the people of Thame in the post war period.

These ‘Audio Hubs’ can be found in the Main Gallery when you next visit.  However some short extracts from 16 of these local residents can be found here

Photographs are a big part of our Collection, and new photographs are always welcome, as well as other forms of media. Many of these photographs are now in our digital archive, and copies are available to purchase at a small cost.

The Story of Thame can often be told through records and legal documents, such as property deeds.  The Museum has a policy to capture vital information from them by scanning or even transcribing them, and already has a large collection in its digital archive.

The whole collection is managed by the Collections Team of volunteers.

For more information about the collection, and what’s involved in managing it click here.

To browse the objects that have been selected as Object of the Month click here.

Most items have been generously donated to the museum for which we are most grateful.  New acquisitions are welcome. If you have an item that you would like to donate ot the Museum to help tell the story of Thame, please contact us by email at:

Memories of Thame

Several years ago, some of the older people of Thame were invited to record their memories and these were compiled into a series of fascinating recordings.

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Collections Policy

As an Accredited Museum, we follow national standards when it comes to collecting and looking after what are often treasured family items.

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