Standing on a corner of old sunken roads close by the churchyard in the village of Uffington, this tiny and unusual museum has an interesting history. It is housed in the nearly 400 year-old schoolroom that featured in Thomas Hughes’ book ‘Tom Brown’s School Days’.
The Museum explains the history and archaeology of the area, including the world-famous Uffington White Horse, illustrates the village’s connections with Thomas Hughes and his famous books, and also the time that the late poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman, spent living in Uffington with his family. It continues to record the changes in village life through the decades.
Part of the Museum is arranged to show how it would have appeared when operating as a school in Victorian times.
Each year we have a Gallery Exhibition which documents one aspect of Uffington’s history.
For 2016 we have ‘Landscape Reinvented’, the story of how the land around Uffington changed following the Uffington Enclosure Award of 1778. The Enclosure Acts changed the face of rural England, and Uffington provides an excellent example of how the Acts were implemented and what changes they introduced.
The Museum is open from 2 pm to 5 pm every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from Easter until the end of October.