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News from Wallingford Museum

Three items of news and notice of events from Wallingford Museum

Wallingford Museum – now opening Sunday afternoons

This year’s exhibition at Wallingford Museum “Treasures with Tales” is proving very popular. From 3rd June, the Museum will also open on Sunday afternoons (2-5pm) – and free entry for accompanied children continues!

The exhibition features a wide variety of fascinating objects loaned by residents, each with its own special significance – from exotic to fun to poignant  – or just beautiful! Visitors are able to follow the ‘Treasures Trail’ and discover these things for themselves throughout the museum. Each will have its own ‘tale’ displayed and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The treasures are woven in amongst our other exhibitions which include not only the story of Wallingford’s Saxon origins, its great Royal castle, the town’s links with Agatha Christie, but also updates on the recent archaeology that is being uncovered by new developments around the town.

Stu Darby


Wallingford’s Guided Historic Town Walks

Wallingford’s Guided Historic Town Walks have created much interest and now take place regularly on Saturday mornings, starting from the Town Hall at 11.00am. Walks last 1 – 2 hours and cost £5 per person.

These are general walks covering the rich history of Wallingford, but also touching on the links with Agatha Christie and ‘Midsomer Murders’. They appeal to residents and visitors alike.

Just turn up – no booking is necessary!

Philip Burton


‘From above and below – Inner secrets of Wallingford Castle Inner Bailey?’

Kevin Barton (of Landscape & Geophysical Services) will talk to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) about the ‘inner secrets’ of Wallingford Castle Inner Bailey.

In 2001, Kevin founded ‘Landscape & Geophysical Services’ to provide archaeological geophysical services in Ireland and overseas. In recent times he has brought his broad experience of remote sensing to assist communities in exploring their local heritage.

Much detailed historical and archaeological research has been carried on the Anglo-Saxon establishment of Wallingford and the Norman construction of the first Castle. The most up-to-date research has been published in three primary publications with significant input by volunteers from Wallingford Museum and TWHAS. 

Much has been learnt from the integration of the research results which have revealed that the Inner Bailey includes at least three halls and associated kitchens, a church and other buildings with a large garden area surrounding the church. There are questions still remaining about these structures and functional areas in the Inner Bailey which is the heart of the royal Castle. 

 Remote sensing with associated visualisation techniques can image archaeological features from above – in the air and below – on the ground. The talk will introduce the Castle and review the questions relating to the Inner Bailey. To address some of the questions, we will examine new visualisations of existing and recently processed airborne remote sensing data. Finally, with the help of TWHAS volunteers, some inner secrets of the Inner Bailey may be revealed in the presentation of preliminary results from a new remote sensing survey scheduled to be completed in the days preceding this talk.

This talk will be held on Wednesday 13th June, 7.45 for 8pm, at St Mary’s Church, Wallingford. 

Visitors (£4) are most welcome.

Katharine Keats-Rohan

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