Exhibitions, events and talks at the Oxfordshire Museum

Admissions to exhibitions at the Oxfordshire Museum is free.

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For a full range of all the events please read the The Oxfordshire Museum leaflet (pdf format, 258 KB)


Forged in Fire: Oxfordshire metal through time

2 May - 5 July

blacksmith's fire

An exciting exhibition bringing together many unique and unusual objects and telling the story of Oxfordshire’s metalworking past. From a rare medieval bell to the spikes on the infamous ‘Cutteslowe Wall’, learn what the artefacts reveal of the people who made them and their worlds.

Discover the myths and legends of the blacksmith’s forge, explore the sights, sounds and smells of the smithy. Something for the whole family.

If you’re interested in learning more about Blacksmithing, Blacksmithing at Combe Mill on 21 June www.combemill.org

Wednesday 13 May 7.30pm, - Museums at Night - Heavy Metal – Museum Style!

red carSparks fly as you forge into the evening with this special out of hours event. As hammers clang and the heat rises, ignite your imagination and senses in the virtual forge!

Explore the ‘Forged in Fire’ exhibition – our experts will be on hand to shed light on fascinating objects such as the Iron-Age Didcot Mirror, early medieval Bruern Bell, the infamous ‘Cutteslowe Spikes’ and a fabulous little red car!

Doors open at 7.15pm. Refreshments and live music from Cooper Black available. Admission Free.

Saturday 6 June 2.30pm,  ‘Working Iron: A history of the blacksmith's craft’

Henry ColeA talk by Hector Cole. Discover the history of blacksmithing, tracing its development from the Iron Age to the present day.

Tickets £7 to book Telephone: 01993 814106

Saturday 11 July 11am – 4pm, The Didcot Mirror and Iron Age crafts

Iron age mirrorJohn Fenn will demonstrate engraving techniques on replica Iron-age mirrors.

Admission Free.

Also see children's workshops below.


Summer Saturday talks

How artists viewed their world. A series of three talks in the beautiful surroundings of the museum

Talks start at 2.30pm. Tickets £7 available from the Museum from 1 May
Tel: 01993 814106

Saturday 30 May: Sir Terry Frost by Clare Carswell

To mark the centenary of painter Sir Terry Frost, artist, writer and curator, Clare Carswell MA (RCA), will examine how his vibrant paintings often had their starting point in observed natural phenomena and how he transformed his visual experiences into abstract pictorial forms.

The illustrated talk will look especially at “Jungle” which is in The Oxfordshire Museum’s collection, and the prints and paintings it inspired.

Saturday 13 June: The Black Prince: the paragon of chivalry in life and art by Janina Ramirez

Janina Ramirez is a medievalist, art historian, and writer and presenter of the recent BBC 4 series “Saints and Sinners”. She will talk about the Black Prince: the paragon of chivalry in life and art. The prince, known also as Edward of Woodstock, died in battle in 1376. By examining surviving art works covering the period of his lifetime she will show how he became a poster-boy for a complicated period in English history

Saturday 27 June: Medieval Alter Pieces by Alice Foster

Well known and much admired art historian, art tour guide and lecturer, Alice Foster will discuss and present images of Medieval Altar Pieces. The altar is the focus of Christian worship and liturgy and has attracted the attention of great artists across the centuries.

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The Woodstock Literature Society

Saturday 24 October 2015 at 3pm

Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the secrets of Brideshead - a talk by the renowned biographer, Paula Byrne.

All talks are followed by complimentary tea and cakes, and visitor admission is £6 (under 18s free of charge)

We offer nine talks a year in all, and subscription for the whole series is £22

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Victorian Oxfordshire Gallery

Close up of a head in a steam bath

Discover life in Victorian times in our latest permanent gallery. Learn about Queen Victoria, the Great Exhibition, houses and homes, schools, religion, past times, farming and sanitation - don't miss the talking toilet!

See education.

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Exciting new 3D exhibit

Gold and enamel ring

Now open in the Introductory Gallery is an exciting new 3D display of treasures acquired through the portable antiques scheme. This imaginative approach using innovative technology brings these small and intricate objects to life.

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Children's activities

Dinosaur costume

Family backpacks, trails, workshops and craft activities for children and families.

Forged in Fire creative workshops

A series of workshops using drama, art and creative writing to explore the history of metal objects in Oxfordshire with theatre director and artist Lizzy McBain. For children aged 7-12yrs old. Places are £4 each.

Meet in the Coach House. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is advisable. For all enquiries about children's activities, contact us.

A blacksmith striking an anvilWednesday 27 May, 10.30am-12.30pm
Vulcan and Haphaestus; the God of the Blacksmiths

Learn about blacksmiths in mythology and stories from around the world, and create your own metal working hero or heroine.

Two chessmenWednesday 27 May, 2-4pm
Hunting, chess, music and murder: A medieval life at Barentins Manor

Find out more about the horrid history of a medieval manor through a creative workshop using storytelling and art.

A clock, a person and a a person standing in a wormhole.Thursday 28 May, 10.30am-12.30pm
My Tin Time Machine

Journey through the history of metals in an imagined time machine of stories and object wonder.

Friends of The Oxfordshire Museum

Regular lectures and talks are held by this registered charity which supports the work of the museum.

Information about our lecture programme and autumn talks.

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Those were the days - reminiscence sessions

Do you have memories of Woodstock and the surrounding villages? We have started a monthly group for people to meet up, reminisce about the old days and share memories.

Meetings are at 2pm – 4pm at The Coach House Learning Centre, The Oxfordshire Museum. Cost is £1 per person. Tea and coffee will be served.

Events, dates and more information.

Last reviewed
20 April 2015
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