Explore Oxford – Museum of Oxford

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Due to essential maintenance work in the Town Hall’s Gallery, the Micro-Museum is now permanently closed. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

We will be opening the new Museum of Oxford in 2021. 

The Museum of Oxford situated adjacent to the Oxford Town Hall closed last year with the promise to  rebrand itself and reopen in a new modern format within the main Town Hall building in 2012.   During the planning work the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee  was pleased to be invited to participate, both in the design and in the financing of sections of the exhibition.   We were directly involved in the planning and development of part of the new “Explore Oxford” Gallery the first of the two new galleries which opened officially to a specially invited audience on Thursday 21st June.      Oxford Jewish Heritage is grateful to the Henry Posner Fund which supported its work in this area, and this work is continuing.

Jewish visitors to the new Museum will have the opportunity to view several exhibits of specific interest to the part played by the Jewish community in Oxford’s heritage.


Colin Dexter – Inspector Morse

author remembers his Oxford


                                                                           Tony Joyce of the Oxford Preservation Trust
reminds us of the history of the  Museum of Oxford




From the Oxford City Council Website:

“The exciting project to relocate the Museum of Oxford into new galleries within the Town Hall  is progressing. Join us for a celebration opening on Saturday 23 June 2012, 10am – 5pm.

OPENING this June, Explore Oxford is the only museum exhibition, in a city of world-class museums and heritage offers, telling the story of Oxford and its people.
Easily accessed from the Town Hall’s main entrance in St Aldate’s (just down from Carfax Tower), Explore Oxford presents our city’s past and present in two dramatically different spaces.
Past – Walk into City Engineer, William White’s office and step back into 1897 when the current Town Hall was first opened. Rummage through William White’s desk drawers to find out what the City Engineer at Oxford Council was working on, check out his drawing table and get an insight into how much Oxford has changed since it was founded around 810.– Present – Continue into the modern Oxford Gallery and take a virtual high-speed bike ride. The four bike rides take you north, south, east and west from the Town Hall taking in the city’s highlights as well as to places you don’t normally get to see, including BMW’s MINI plant.
A wealth of characters associated with Oxford will help tell the story of the city including:
    •    Tamesibugus (150 AD) a Roman Potter who worked near modern Headington,
    •    David and Licoricia (1200s) Jewish residents of Oxford whose house almost certainly stood on the site of the Town Hall,
    •    John Davenant (1570-1622), Mayor of Oxford and master vintner who ran the Crown Inn on Cornmarket Street,
    •    Sarah Jane Cooper (1848- 1932), wife and business partner of Frank Cooper – makers of the world-famous Cooper’s Oxford Marmalade.

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