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Charlbury Museum & Heritage Centre  1949 – 2024

75 years collecting and preserving the town’s history

This year’s exhibition, Tradition & Tragedy, commemorates the centenary of the Beating of the Bounds walk 1924 when three children drowned

Also: a master beekeeper who supplied honey to Buckingham Palace

We are open Easter Saturday to end September 

Saturdays 10.30 – 12.30, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays  2.30 – 4.30

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

Latest News

Christopher Bartlett, Beekeeper

Christopher Bartlett, and his wife Violetta, were famous honey producers who lived and worked in Charlbury.  Before the first world war, at the age of 20, he already had over…

Tradition and Tragedy

The revival in 1924 of the tradition of Beating the Bounds of the parish, not held for thirteen years, attracted a large number of people eager to take part.   Men,…

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…

New Sign

We have a new sign!  Created by local stone carver, Ben Williams, it is carved in York stone and features a beautifully carved gauntlet, an appropriate image from Charlbury’s historic…

Recent finds

Our most recent exhibition, now closed, featured found items discovered by local metal detectorists in fields close to Charlbury and other pieces were discovered in houses and gardens in Charlbury. Next…