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Vale And Downland Museum
Church Street
OX12 8BL
Telephone: 01235 771447
Fax: 01235 760991
Email: museum@wantage.com

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Overview of collections

Vale and Downland Museum Trust works with Oxfordshire County Council, Abingdon Town Council (Abingdon Museum) South Oxfordshire, West Oxfordshire (Cogges Manor Farm Museum) and Cherwell District Councils (Banbury Museum) and Oxford City Council (Museum of Oxford), and The County Council manages all of these combined collections covering Natural Science, Archaeology, History, Textiles, Working Life, Decorative Arts and Crafts, and Fine Art and these are described under the Oxfordshire County Museums store at Standlake

The some collections are held at the Museum with geological, natural history, archeological, social history and contemporary objects that reflect the Vale today. The vast majority are at Standlake , but over 5,000 objects including the photographic Collection scanned and over 1,200 images of the Vale and the Oral History Archive - there is an active programme of recording the memories of local people reflecting the changing life of the Vale. Other local items including Wheelwright’s Forge, a Nalder and Nalder Threshing machine and Lady Wantage’s carriage.

Overview of how collections are displayed

The Squires Room for local exhibitions, Children's Discovery Area has 3 interactives: Wantage Market Place, the Wantage Tramway and the White Horse. A video macroscope, Laines Barn is used for social functions - the traditional secondary use for barns and holds up to 200 people also an auditorium, changing displays about the heritage of the Vale, the story of Wantage Town and Victorian Rural Life in the Vale to the present and a Bronze Age hoard in ‘From the Stone Age to the Atomic Age’ galleries. There are over 3,000 objects from the collections on display.
The museum is a focus for the community and the Oxford Newspapers Group have based their reporter in the museum since 1998.
Collection Descriptions
Local and Social History (Vale And Downland Museum)
Some parts of the collections are held at the Museum with geological, natural history, archeological, social history ...

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