SOFO is an umbrella museum which looks after three collections that comprise the military heritage of the region.
These archives and objects are the property of three bodies: the Trustees of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, the Trustees of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry and Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust.
Oxfordshire's military heritage ranges from the Civil War to the present day, covering the Napoleonic War, the Boer War and the two World Wars, in which every village was involved.
The archives and objects are important tools in researching, explaining and understanding this history.
**COVID-19 UPDATE** Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we kindly ask that you do not bring object donations in to the museum unless pre-arranged with a member of staff. If you have an object you wish to donate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice. We are also postponing research visits to our archive until it is safe to do so. If you would like to express interest in a future archive visit, please email email@example.com
Archive Image Requests
To order an image, please use our eHive online catalogue search below and make a note of the object number (i.e. SOFO:1234). Visit our Shop section of the website, select your preferred image option, and enter the object number when ordering.
Images for personal use are £25 each, commercial use images start at £50 each. Please email us for any commercial requests.
**Please Note** We are currently in the process of digitising our collections and are adding images as they are produced. If you are unable to find the image you are searching for, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Archive visits for research can be booked with the Collections Manager. Please email email@example.com with the reference numbers or description of objects you would like to see, and your reason for visiting the archive. Archive visits are charged at £25 for an hour to cover research time and object preparation.
Please note: No photography is allowed in the archive; scans and photographs are available on request.
If you are a museum or heritage institution, we are always looking for new collaboration opportunities for events and exhibitions. Our Collaborations page shows how we have supported projects in the past.
We can also facilitate loans from our SOFO collection for your exhibition or display. Archive object loans are contingent on the second party having a lockable case available for display.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Handling loan boxes are available for hire through our Learning and Outreach Officer, please contact email@example.com for more information.