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News from Wallingford Museum

From Stuart Darby – Publicity Officer Wallingford Museum


Wallingford Museum Bookshop

As usual, Wallingford Museum will close for its winter break (Dec, Jan and Feb) to prepare exciting new exhibitions for next year. The Museum will re-open on 1st March 2019.

In the meantime, book-lovers and present-seekers should make a point of visiting Wallingford Museum’s bookstall while the museum is closed for its winter refurbishment. 

We have an excellent selection of good second-hand books (both fiction and non-fiction) at sensible prices. We’ll be open through December, January and February – every Friday from 10.30 to 3.00, and every Saturday from 10.30 to 1.00. 

We look forward to seeing you – it’s free to browse!

Harry Chapple


Wallingford Museum – New Visitor Facilities and Archaeological Store

Wallingford Museum is extremely pleased and grateful to announce that it has been awarded a grant by the LEADER fund to extend and improve its facilities.

The Museum is in great need of additional space, to achieve improved exhibition and archive areas, accommodate group visits and larger school parties, provide a visitor toilet and better access and facilities for disabled visitors. Many of the Museum’s resources are currently needing to be stored in unsatisfactorily crowded conditions. 

To address these issues the Museum received planning permission in December 2017. The work covers proposals to modify the ground floor of the Museum to provide a public disabled WC and create a space that can be used by groups visiting the Museum. Additionally, the works cover the replacement of two timber storage sheds, located in the rear yard of the Museum, with a larger single storey timber unit which will enable purpose-built housing for part of the Museum’s collections and archaeology equipment.

Groundworks have commenced, and the building works are planned to be completed during the winter, when the Museum will re-open on 1st March 2019 with a new exhibition, ‘Once upon a time …..’ – a time-line showing the changing face of Wallingford through photographs.

The Museum is run entirely by volunteers who provide a particularly valuable resource for Wallingford’s history for local people, schools and visitors. In the future it will contribute more significantly to the tourism attraction of the town.

Steve Capel-Davies


No TWHAS talk in December – advance notice of TWHAS talk for January, below:-

‘Women at War’

David Beasley will be returning to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) to show his ‘Women at War’ presentation. It will be lavishly illustrated from David’s extensive photographic collection, and feature much local interest covering both World Wars, enabling a comparison to be made between the two eras.

David lives in Crowmarsh Gifford, is well known throughout southern Oxfordshire, and has an in depth knowledge of the locality. He has written several local history books, all using his own research from photographs and postcards of the past.

This talk will be held on Wednesday 9th Jan, 7.45 for 8pm, at St Mary’s Church, Wallingford. 

Visitors (£4) are most welcome.

Katharine Keats-Rohan

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