Our collection, records and publications

The Museum has acquired many artefacts, documents, photographs, books, maps, records and press cuttings that relate to Uffington. These are the main areas of our collection: - photographs of local people and places, covering the last 120 years. All are indexed, and the indexes can be searched for specific names, places or dates. The photographs have been scanned and can be viewed on a computer screen - oral history recordings that were made by the Museum during the 1990's when a n...
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400 years of education in Uffington

In 2017 we are celebrating 400 years of education in Uffington. The Museum is housed in the schoolroom that featured in Thomas Hughes' book 'Tom Brown's School Days'.The building dates from 1617, and was built for Thomas Saunders when he founded a school for boys in the village. Saunders lived at Hall Place in Woolstone. Schools developed in most places through the provision of a Sunday School during the 1800's, so the provision of a school in Uffington in the 17th century was a very ear...
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John Betjeman

Sir John Betjeman, who became Poet Laureate in 1972, was a very high profile figure and was well known through his appearances on television and for his love of traditional architecture and churches. He was born in London in 1906. Betjeman's interest in churches and architecture was kindled at the Dragon School, Oxford, but he had been interested in poetry from an early age. At Magdalen College, he was part of the 'literary set' and after Oxford he was determined not to join his father's ...
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Uffington and Tom Brown’s Schooldays

'Tom Brown's Schooldays', written by Thomas Hughes, includes extensive descriptions of life in Uffington in the 19th century. Hughes, who was born in 1822, was the son of Uffington's Vicar, and much of the village is still as it was during his childhood. The book recounts Tom's adventures at Rugby public school, and it illustrates Hughes's radical ideas about education with his characterisation of the kindly headmaster Doctor Arnold. Another of Hughes' books, 'The Scouring of the White H...
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White Horse

The Uffington White Horse is the most impressive chalk hill figure in Britain. Though on the Berkshire Downs, the White Horse has been in Oxfordshire since county boundary alterations in the 1970s. With its uniquely elegant lines, at around 3000 years old it is now thought to be the oldest hill figure in the country. The image is a stylised representation of a horse some 114 metres (374 feet) in length. Until 1995 the Uffington White Horse was thought to date from the Iron Age, but in the ...
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Faringdon Folly Tower

This unique unusual 100ft Tower is Faringdon’s icon and the last major folly to be built in EnglandIt sits on Folly Hill, within a charming circular 4 acre woodland of splendid Scots Pine and broadleaf trees, some more than 200 years old. There are wonderful views over 5 counties.Tower opening times 1st and 3rd Sundays April til October 11am-5pm. The woodland is always open and entry is free.For more information go to www.faringdonfolly.org.uk
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Faringdon

Faringdon is about 10 minutes drive from Uffington. It was the first capital of the ancient kingdom of Wessex and Alfred the Great had his castle there. The 17th century Town Hall remains the focal point of the town, surrounded by Georgian-fronted inns and shops of the market-place. For more information go to faringdon.org
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Wantage

Wantage is a lovely small market town in the Vale of White Horse, and has a good range of shops and services, including plenty of places to eat and drink. Links with the past are very strong too and Wantage is a great place to visit in this historic part of England. For more information go to wantage.com
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Oxtrails

There are so many experiences and adventures to enjoy in Southern Oxfordshire that the only problem visitors have is knowing where to start! The Oxtrails apps will take you to over 100 different places and are themed around food, history, literature, film and the great outdoors. Go to oxtrailsapp.co.uk
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Tea rooms

On Sunday afternoons from June to September teas are served in St. Mary's Church, next door to the Museum, between  3.00 and 5.30 pm The Teapot tea room at Britchcombe Farm  is open on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons from March to December for tea, cakes and light meals. (01367 820260)  
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