Hidden treasures – Hidden histories
Our most recent exhibition 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 year the museum plans to have a special display shelf devoted to finds. Neil Pakenham-Walsh has generously donated many of his pieces dug up in fields close to Charlbury, a recent collection can be seen in the photograph of buckles and a thimble below.
A ‘beehive’ type thimble, 15th – 16th century; buckle (left) dated to around 1500 – 1650 and buckle ( right) 1570 -1700. All three were dug up in the same field along with a number of other miniscule pieces such as trade tokens and coins. Lost bygones with historic tales to tell. Donated to museum by Neil Pakenham-Walsh and the landowner
Left: Henry 111 short cross silver penny. Minted in Canterbury by Osmund the moneyer between 1236 -1242. Private loan for exhibition 2023
Right: Elizabeth 1 silver penny 1578 – 1582. The coin has been clipped i.e. the silver was taken illegally from the edge of the coin to be melted down. Donated to museum by Neil Pakenham-Walsh and the landowner
Besides our special exhibition, we have displays about many other aspects of the town. Agriculture has always been an important part of the local economy. We have tools and other farming equipment on display, and of course our splendid Oxfordshire wagon, resplendent in its traditional colours of red and yellow. The town was well served by tradespeople, blacksmiths being in great demand as well as carpenters and wheelwrights and we have many examples of their tools. Also on display are goods and artefacts from the wide variety of shops (such as Allens drapery) which later drew in customers from surrounding villages.
West Oxfordshire was a centre of the gloving trade and we explore the history of the gloving factories that sprang up and the many outworkers who were employed around the town, with examples of the glove patterns and machines they used.
A large collection of old photographs of the town portrays people and events, buildings and the social life of the town as well as recording disasters and celebrations. Newspaper cuttings describe events and news from the town, and we can help with queries about local families drawing on the parish records and censuses.
Past Exhibitions & Events
2011 Town Hall, the Town Hall Cinema & Entertainments in Charlbury
2010 Scouts & Guides
2009 Post Office & Postal Services
2008 Allotments & Gardens
2007 Charlbury Utilities
2006 The Town Charter – 750 years ago
2004 Cameras and photography