Thame Museum reopens on 15th February at 10am after its winter refurbishment!! Come and visit the new shop.
On Sunday 15th September, the Museum took part in a radio Oxford show called Find it or Forfeit.
The show takes place between 9am and 12pm every Sunday and it is in a “treasure hunt” style where the reporter has to “hunt down” various locations throughout the county, only lead by the clues they are given. Once they reach their location, they speak to their ‘clue keeper’ about the events going on the day or the venue in general and then that person gives them a clue for their next port of call.
Yvonne Maxwell, the Museum’s Publicity Manager, was the ‘clue keeper’ for this assignment. She met up with Fleur and Will the two reporters and briefly showed them round the museum. She focused on the current James Ward exhibition and also the Museum’s flagship Elizabethan Wall paintings room. The interview went out live around 10.15 on the Sunday morning.
The programme was a great opportunity to raise awareness of the Museum and hopefully helped to generate greater visitor attendance.
Roman Models at Thame Museum
The museum has obtained two replica models, a farmhouse that may be similar to one in Roman Thame and a model of a working corn dryer, similar to several found at Thame Meadows. You can see these in the Main Gallery of the Museum.
Roman Thame had a significant farming community. The site of the current Thame Meadows housing estate, in Oxford Road, revealed a large thriving Roman settlement with paddocks and enclosures, corn dryers, kilns, ovens and a stone-lined well.
While full details of the dig are yet to be published, Thame Museum is beginning to share what is known so far.
Come and see our new SCHOOLS IN THAME display. There are over 100 years of objects on display from John Hampden School, Barley Hill school, Lord Williams’s School and the former Girls Grammar School. There are old school ties and uniform, a candid 1920s report card, a school diary and Latin Homework from the 1960s, (do you recognise any?) a sports trophy, science equipment and even a drawing of the old John Hampden swimming pool!
Can you identify these buildings form Thame High Street?
Before Rycotewood College moved to Oxford in 2003, students at the College constructed these intricate models of notable building in the High Street. Visit the Museum Library and see the models now displayed next to the students’ model of Rycotewood College itself. The models are yet to be displayed in the actual layout of the real High Street buildings, so let us know if you can help identify any of them!
Have you seen the old town entry signs on your drive into Thame?
They are now at the Museum where you can see them waiting to be restored and displayed.
SOME NEW OBJECTS AND SOME OLD FAVOURITES
This lead tobacco jar was found in 1948, whilst ploughing land on the site of the Battle of Chalgrove (1643). It is more than likely from that period and was given to R.L.Willoughby, who made a study of the object. His findings can be found in a folder in the museum library.
The jar was then given to the John Hampden Society and subsequently loaned to the museum.
“Elizabeth” is now on display in the main gallery
This Victorian doll was donated to the museum with a small leather trunk containing clothes and accessories.
The doll was sent away for repair and was beautifully restored by Gill Richards, an award winning doll maker and restorer from Bristol.
Information included with the doll leads us to believe that it was used by a travelling salesman working for John Noble Ltd. of Manchester. John Noble was a Victorian costumier and the doll’s clothes would have been exquisite miniature samples made to scale.
The doll and the collection of clothes were owned locally, and had been passed down through the family. We have named the doll Elizabeth after the donor.
Elizabeth before her recovery
A recent donation of a horse’s head collar, which has been cleaned and conserved, now hangs near the display of agricultural objects. Although the windows in the main gallery are covered with a protective coating to filter UV light, as a precaution, the popular Mott wedding dress has been removed from display to allow it to “rest” for a while.
Did you know that the museum holds a magnificent collection of photographs? Copies are available for purchase. Enquire at reception