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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.

Town quiz

This year we have produced a quiz sheet based around features to be seen around the town.  Do come and buy one and see how observant you are as you…


The museum reopened on Saturday 16th April, Easter Saturday.  We were delighted to welcome visitors back on a lovely sunny weekend. Our special exhibition this year links with the celebrations…

Plant Sale 28 May

Our ever popular plant sale will take place again this year on Saturday 28th May.  We were thrilled to receive so many quality plants last year and the sale was…