The Friends of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
Please do become a Praetorian or Friend of the Museum.
The Praetorians and Friends have been in existence since before the Museum opened, helping to fund the build and fit out of the galleries. The Friends provide a focus for Oxfordshire people who take an interest and a pride in the county’s great military history. We arrange social events and lectures with distinguished visiting speakers and issue a regular newsletter.
We continue to provide essential support for the Museum through our fundraising activities, which have produced over £25,000 since we began in 2014. Future fundraising plans include building up a fund which will enable the Museum to purchase items that relate specifically to the military heritage of the county. It will also provide for future exhibitions that allow objects from the reserve collections to be shown to the public, often for the first time.
Many of our existing members have served in or have a family connection with either the Oxfordshire Yeomanry or the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Their stories are told vividly and with a wealth of fascinating displays in the Museum.
New Friends have come from across the county and beyond; families who have enjoyed their visit, individuals whose own research into their family history has brought them to our rich archive and in contact with the dedicated volunteer researchers who work tirelessly answering enquiries.
We very much hope that by becoming a Praetorian or Friend of SOFO, you will not only enjoy the experience, but your support will also play a vital part in helping our Museum to tell the story of the county’s links with the military as well as Oxfordshire’s rich heritage and history. So do join us!
Members have a range of benefits such as:
- Free entry to the Museum
- Regular Newsletters (click to view past issues)
- Advance invitations to lectures and social events.
I look forward to meeting you.
Chairman of the Friends of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust - SOFO
Other Ways to Support Us
There are many different ways you can support our museum. Read about how your support makes a difference and how easy it is to help and get involved.
SOFO are delighted to announce that Cartridge UK have chosen to support us with free ink cartridges. We cannot thank Nigel Brooks and the team enough. Whist most people donate money which is greatfully received we also appreciate other useful donations like the one from Cartridge UK as ink is something we use on a daily basis. For more information please visit their website www.cartridgeuk.com
If you or your company could donate to SOFO please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the 500 Club
A £500 donation will buy you a personalised tile that will be placed alongside others in a montage that is now on display outside our archive room in the museum - click here or the sidebar tab for more information.
There are several ways in which you can donate to SOFO.
Donate Online with Virgin Money Giving
You can donate by post too, cheques can be sent to:
Please make cheques payable to Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum.
Recycle with SOFO
Shop with SOFO
Did you know you can help Soldiers of Oxfordshire while you do your online shopping? Simply go to www.easyfundraising.co.uk and create an account. Choose SOFO as your charity and whenever you shop with one of the partner retailers, SOFO receives a donation. It really is as easy as that. The best bit is it doesn't cost you a penny.