The Museum of Oxford displays an exciting range of archaeological and social history objects, ranging from Roman pottery to marmalade jars. The story of Oxford and its people is told through these collections along with items donated and loaned to us by people living and working in the City.

Take a look at some of the new objects on display in the new Museum.

We continue to add to our collection to make sure that we represent the diversity of Oxford and its communities, past and present. Collecting objects and stories from the present means that future generations will know what Oxford was like today.

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Annabelinda suit

Silk skirt and jacket made by hand, with piping around the edges and sculpting in patterns of lines.

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Bank note

This bank note is printed with “Oxford Old Bank” and the overlapping arms of the University and City.

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Florence Park rent book

With industry booming in east Oxford, necessary expansion led to an area of farm and marsh land being developed into the Florence Park Estate in 1933.

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Gorget

Found by Matt Armitage in the River Thames at Godstow in north-west Oxford.

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Police helmet

This is part of a marshal’s uniform was worn by Charles Fox and by Clement Burrows on ceremonial occasions (1924 – 1968).

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Tintin comic

1958 edition featuring TE Lawrence carrying out archaeological work.

How to donate an object or story

Thinking of donating an item to the collection?

Most of the items on display are from the Oxfordshire Museum Service. They come directly from the people of Oxfordshire, who donate them to us. If you have an item with a good story about someone in Oxford or made by a firm based in Oxford, you might have just what we are looking for. However, please remember to not bring in items without an appointment, as we cannot accept them via the front desk. Please either contact us via email, email the Museum Resource Centre, or contact the Museum Resource Centre on 01865 300972.

To find out more about the collections held by Oxfordshire County Council’s Museum Service, visit the Oxfordshire Heritage Search. Once there, you can find more information on many of the objects held at the Museum of Oxford and other objects held at various museums around the county, as well as the Museum Resource Centre in Standlake.

Personal story donations

Do you have a story about Oxford to tell? We’d love to hear from you.

To share stories and items to our online collection, please visit our City Stories page.

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