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Welcome to Charlbury Museum. Our five rooms are full of exhibits and information revealing the history of this ancient market town. Through Stone Age arrow heads, the granting of a market charter in 1256, the history of the extensive royal forest of Wychwood, through centuries of farming and the growth of the gloving industry, we tell the story of our streets and buildings and of the people who have lived and worked here through the centuries.  As well as items on display, we have a large collection of documents and photographs of Charlbury and its people at work and play.

Towns and communities all need to know the story of their past to foster a sense of belonging and understanding of the place we live in. Small museums can give us glimpse into how people lived their lives in the past, how and why places have changed over the years, and what can be learned from looking at the buildings and environment around us.

The museum is run entirely by volunteers. If you would like to help us in any way, either as a steward when we are open or in any other capacity, we would love to hear from you. Please email

We hope you enjoy looking through the information on this site, and look forward to welcoming you when you visit.

New acquisitions

Over the last few months, we have been lucky to acquire some local finds uncovered by Neil Pakenham-Walsh who has been using his metal detector in some Charlbury gardens and…

Now for our winter tasks…

We have now closed for the season.  We have been delighted to welcome so many of you to the museum after reopening in July, thank you for coming and we…

Street Fair 2021

We were delighted to welcome so many visitors on Saturday 18th September for Street Fair.   We took part in the Street Fair scarecrow competition for the first time and were…