A lovely little privately run museum. It is housed in an old school dating from 1617. Its main claim is the village’s association with Thomas Hughes (author of Tom Brown’s Schooldays) and also with Poet Laureate John Betjeman. The permanent collection comprises of artefacts relating to both men, as well as of items on local history and archaeology, and village records. There are some interesting examples of Victorian School exercises and handwriting
The upstairs gallery has an exhibition space with exhibits which change from time to time (currently - July 2012 - sports and the Olympics).
It is staffed by volunteers and entrance is free (there is a voluntary contribution box). It is a small museum and probably will not occupy most for more than an hour, but it can very usefully be tagged onto a walk to the White Horse of Uffington. Even better, if you visit on a Sunday afternoon, as we did, you can have a very reasonably priced and superb quality afternoon tea in the local St Mary’s Church!
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