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The museum has now closed following a very successful year

Thank you to all those who have supported the museum during the last year.  The museum will reopen at Easter 2024 

The museum is seeking new Trustees and a Treasurer

Please see our News section below for more details

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


Seeking trustees and Treasurer

Would you like to join the team of Trustees?  The museum recently became a C.I.O. (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). Our current Trustees are: Tom Bartlett, Ann Lovett, Alice Millea and Sue…

Gift of train nameplate

At Charlbury Museum on Saturday 28th October 2023, the Cotswold Line Promotion Group (CLPG) presented to the museum a nameplate from a former Great Western Railway High Speed Train.  The…

Longcase clock

Earlier this year, the museum was very fortunate to be given a beautiful antique clock made here in Charlbury by James Street (1799-1836).  The longcase clock with its decorative painted…