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An incredible story from the SOFO Museum Archives, Captain J Shaw’s account of how he became a Great War POW and his involvement in a number of escape attempts was originally published in three instalments in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry’s Regimental Journal from September 1931 to January 1932. A few years later, in March 1939, the Journal would also publish a number of Shaw’s sketches of the tunnel which he…

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Visiting the E H Shepard Archives In September our Collections Manager Peggy visited the University of Surrey archives to see their E H Shepard archives, with a view to a potential exhibition at SOFO in 2023. The initial research follows the story of Shepard during his service with the Royal Artillery in the Great War, and explores the stories of other creatives who served in the Army. Peggy said of…

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Operation Pig Ark – Uncovering an Anderson Shelter in 2019 In 2019 members of the SOFO Museum Team collected an Anderson shelter roof from a farm in Deddington, Oxfordshire, where it had been repurposed into a pig ark. The metal was attached to large wooden blocks which were anchored to the ground, so our team had to carefully prise the metal away from the wood to free it. The roof was in several parts…

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Lockdown Lectures: Captain Ralph Kite – “A Very Parfit Gentil Knight” First Shown Live: Tuesday 25 May 2021 (Archived Video and Q&A available now) The first of our Lockdown Lectures covering the Great War, A Very Parfit Gentil Knight explores a story that would be tragically familiar to many families during the era. Captain Ralph Kite died of wounds inflicted during the attack on Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of Ancre on the 13…

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Lockdown Lectures: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming First Broadcast 26 April 2021 – Archived Lecture Now Available Uncover The Secret Life of Ian Fleming, best known as the author of the James Bond  novels, with Dr. Christopher Moran. Christopher Moran is a specialist in the work of British and American secret services and has worked as historical consultant to the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. and is co-editor of the Journal of Intelligence…

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Lockdown Lectures: The 52nd Foot at Waterloo Archived Lecture Available Now (First Broadcast 1st March 2021) Following the popularity of our first Lockdown Lecture, The Pegasus Bridge Story, our next online talk sees historian Gareth Glover delve into the history of The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry to address the  debate surrounding The 52nd Foot at Waterloo and the part they really played in the famous battle. As the Battle of Waterloo…

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Oxford’s First World War story involves people from all over the world. There are those from Oxford who left, and travelled to other countries; those who stayed, and experienced Oxford’s increasing international connections during the conflict; and those who arrived in Oxford from other places because of the war. All of them experienced the war in different ways, and 12 of them are commemorated in the mini-exhibition Oxford, the War…

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Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-18 Part II21st November 2017 – 2nd December 2018This exhibition is the second of two displays commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War for Oxfordshire. It features stories of Oxfordshire’s VC winners, women and children at war, conscription, and the truly global scale of a conflict that saw many Oxfordshire people sent to the western front and far beyond. With soldiers sent to Italy, Iraq, Greece,…

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Academic, Community, Service Charities and Museums Collaborations In the centenary year of the ending of the First World War we felt that it would be a powerful initiative to involve a major school in Oxford in  something which could demonstrate how the war affected families in the County. Knowing how well Magdalen College School (MCS) are able to produce stage productions we approached them with the idea of doing something to enable…

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