Eynsham Museum and Heritage Centre

The Market Square in Eynsham, showing St Leonard's Church and the Bartholomew Room
The Market Square in Eynsham, showing St Leonard’s Church and the Bartholomew Room

Uncovering the history of an ancient village

Eynsham Museum and Heritage Centre (EMHC) is a registered charity that was established in 2021 in order to:

  • showcase some of the wonderful objects that bring to life Eynsham’s long and distinguished history;
  • nurture pride in the community for its roots; and
  • provide inspiration for future generations.

In March 2023, Eynsham Parish Council granted EMHC a lease on the Bartholomew Room in the Market Square. Our aim is to involve the whole community, especially children and young people, in planning, designing and running a new Museum in the heart of the village. 

We hope to be able to fully open the Museum in Spring 2024.

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News

February 2024

Given the enthusiasm generated by our temporary exhibition, Eynsham’s Lost Railway, and the fact that some residents were unable to visit last year, we have decided to reopen the doors for a further two months. The exhibition will open on Saturday 23 March 2024 and run through to 27 May. We look forward to seeing new and returning visitors alike!

December 2023

On Friday 08 December 2023, a group of Year 5 Eynsham Primary School children, accompanied by their teacher and the Head of School, were given a special tour around the Railway exhibition. The model maker, David Thomas, was also there to run the different trains and to answer questions.

The children were enthusiastic, interested and very well behaved. They were asked to fill in an evaluation form of the different aspects of the displays, and the feedback was universally positive. The model, the video and the artefacts attracted most praise, and all but one felt that they had learned something new about Eynsham. The most fulsome comments were: ‘Everyone there was so kind and nice! I LOVED IT!’ ‘It was amazing and I learned lots of things and I had so much fun;’ ‘It was the best afternoon ever;’ ‘It was great;’ and ‘That was super fun.’ One suggestion to improve the experience was to have ‘something interactive’, which we will certainly take on board. Altogether, the afternoon was very enjoyable and something that we would like to repeat.

** For older news, please go to the News archive. **

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Object of the month

For more about Object of the Month, click on the next link (date heading).

  • February 2024
    This copper alloy buckle dates from the 17th century. It was common for buckles to be used in the Stuart period (1603-1714) by men and women of… Read more: February 2024
A copper alloy buckle dating from the 17th century and discovered in the wall of the Eynsham Coop in 2014.