The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum is not a Regimental Museum more a Military Museum related to the connection between the Military of Oxfordshire and the County in which they are based, hence our strap line of "Conflict and County".
At the heart of the Museum will always be the rich histories of the two County Regiments; The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars in which Churchill served and was associated with for 64 years. Apart from the two county regiments, Oxfordshire has been and still is heavily populated by Military and has been for centuries. It currently hosts a Battalion of The Rifles (the successors to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry) in Abingdon, a squadron of the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars in Banbury, two major RAF bases in Brize Norton and Benson together with the major logistic base and the Defence Explosives Munitions School at Bicester as well as other logistic regiments within the County.
Our Aim is to tell the stories of these soldiers, their families, the county towns in which they lived or came from and the consequences of conflict on them and the County. We house a significant and important part of the social and development history of the County and portray this in our static and special exhibitions in the Museum. We demonstrate the courage, tenacity, comradeship and fellowship of the Military, their families, the towns in which they lived or were born and the close links with the population of this county of Oxfordshire. Together they exemplify the concept of mutual support in “Conflict and County”.
We have outreach and research departments, which are there to educate and inform adults who are carrying out their own research, for schools who are meeting the requirements of their school curriculum and for general public interest. We have monthly lectures ranging from military history, to the history of the Special Operations Executive to the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian manservant. In the summer months we have monthly film nights and regular Kids’ Clubs throughout the year, particularly in the school holidays.
Do come and see us, there is something here for all the family and you will not be disappointed.
Brigadier (retd)I P Inshaw DL
Our Statement of Purpose
The purpose of The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust is to collect, document, preserve, display and to provide greater access to the material and the stories that convey the military life of Oxfordshire and its people.
We will reach out to an increasingly varied audience through our collection and associated knowledge, using innovative programs that engage and foster learning for all ages. We will contribute to our communities’ understanding of the military history of the County, bridging military and civilian understanding and undertake our stewardship of the collection in a way that ensures our inheritance is enhanced and passed on to future generations.
Our Mission Statement
To promote innovative, dynamic and informed understanding of conflict and its impact on the County of Oxfordshire, its institutions and its people.