Wallingford Museum is a colourful, delightfully intimate and family friendly local history museum on two floors of a medieval building in the heart of Wallingford.
From the museums windows you can see the remains of the great ramparts of Alfred’s planned town.
Entirely run by volunteers, Wallingford Museum will celebrate its official 40th Birthday in 2021.
The Museum is open from 22nd June 2021. Please check their website for more details.
SEE DO AND DISCOVER
- Wallingford’s Saxon walls and Royal Castle
- Murder Mystery links, including Midsomer Murders and Agatha Christie ‘The Queen of Crime’
- The Wallingford Story
- A Victorian Street scene
- Wallingford Castle Model
- Roman burials from Crowmarsh
- Hands on areas including the smelly feely drawers and archaeology sandpits
- and the all important museum gift shop
exhibitions for 2021
“NEW” Model of Wallingford Castle
Wallingford Museum’s dedicated team of researchers have worked with architectural model maker, Ben Taggart, to create a 1:300 scale model (1.5mx1.6m) of Wallingford’s royal castle as it may have been in the mid-14th Century.
This amazing collaboration has drawn on 15 years of research, unravelling the castle’s history, using archaeology, geophysical surveys, LiDAR, maps, and the transcription, translation and analysis of many documentary records. The culmination of all this research is this magnificent model of the castle at the height of its power, in the 1330’s, set in the north-eastern quarter of the town.
Accompanying displays will present the story of the research documentary and archaeological – that informed the layout of the model and how it was beautifully created for the museum by Ben Taggart.
Other exhibitions for 2021
‘The Willis Family of Wallingford – artists and artisans’
Bringing to life the work of a local family. The Willis family came to Wallingford from Hagbourne in the early 19th century living and working in the High Street in which are now The Dolphin Public House. An industrious Quaker family, all of their six sons had artisan or professional careers.
The exhibition spotlights the careers of George (1822-1907) an artist who depicted local scenes, and flora and fauna for engraved book illustrations, and William (1814-1883) also an artist but whose main business was engraving and inventing ways to fix early photographs. He patented the aniline process of copying and his son, also William (1841-1923) patented the what became the universally acclaimed and commercially successful platinotype process.
For further information on upcoming exhibitions, more about the museum and events at the museum please visit the website.
For the 2021 season only access to the museum will be limited to the ground floor only, to help the museum keep Covid safe. For this reason the adult admission charge of £5 per head is waived this year. Donations are welcome, you can donate online or in person at the museum.
Please visit the website for the latest information including opening times, admission prices and up to date information
Wallingford Museum, Flint House, 52 High Street, Wallingford OX10 0DB
Single accessible toilet for visitors
- Flat floor access to all ground floor areas
- Due to the age of the building, upper galleries may not be possible for people who find the stairs too challenging.
- Accompanying carers offered free entry