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Collecting Day 2019

'We'll Meet Again' Collecting Day

2nd November 2019 - 10am - 5pm

Can you help us tell the military stories of Oxfordshire from WW2 up to the 1980s? The museum is preparing its Reminiscence display and wants your help in bringing alive the key moments and memories of life in Oxfordshire from the outbreak of the Second World War and onwards.

On the day visitors can enjoy a cuppa and slice of cake from the pop-up Iron Ration Café while sharing your memories with our Volunteer Story Catchers, which might feature in our new Reminiscence exhibit, and much more.

Families will get the chance to handle real objects from WW2 and join our ‘Make Do and Mend’ Activity while investigating what objects can tell us about life on the Home Front.
An hourly ‘Bootcamp’ for children will provide a little R and R for grown-ups – and time to try out our Gin Bar! Plus, see local WW2 history brought to life by the Oxfordshire Home Guard and Home Front Living History Group and the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Living History Society. The event will be given a soundtrack by the Oxfordshire County Council Music Serve Youth Orchestra, playing music of the era throughout the day.

Our full programme of activities, workshops and experiences available on the day:

All activities are drop in and suitable for all unless otherwise stated. Charges may apply for specific workshops.

Share Your Stories and Collections

Throughout the day.
Free

Discuss your stories and objects, from WW2 to the 1980s, with our volunteers and help us put together our reminiscence exhibit.

Craft a Gas Mask

10am - 4pm
£2 per child

Everyone was issued with gas masks in case poison gas was dropped from aeroplanes during air raids. A war time essential, cut out and create your own wartime gas mask to wear.

Sculpt a Clay Churchill Head

10am - 4pm
£1.50 per child

Be part of a one-off exhibition, Make mini Churchill heads in clay - a prize for the best one!

Guess the Wartime Smells

Throughout the day.
Free

Visit our Reminiscence pod and take a whiff of the 1940’s!

At Home - Oxford at War

Regular times advertised on the day.
Free

A short tour of the exhibitions and discover the role Oxford played in the effort to win the war through its manufacturing industry.

Wartime Objects

Regular times advertised on the day.
Free

Join our curators to discover and handle real objects from the 1940’s that would have been used during the war.

Blitz Family Trail

10.00am - 4.00pm
£1.50 per trail

Explore our exhibitions as you search for clues to complete this fun activity trail.

Receive a FREE Blitz badge when you purchase a trail.

Living History Displays

Throughout the day.
Free

Members of the 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Oxfordshire Home Guard bring WW2 Oxfordshire to life in our galleries.

Oxfordshire County Council Music Service Youth Orchestra

Music of the era played throughout the day.

Refreshments from the Iron Rations Café and Gin Bar

Available throughout the day. Gin Bar open to over 18s only.



Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
Park Street
Woodstock
Oxfordshire OX20 1SN

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