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A busy year ahead at Wallingford Museum

Whilst Wallingford Museum has been closed for winter there has been frantic activity creating new facilities (collections and archaeological store, space for group visits, disabled toilet, new kitchen). These works are nearing completion for our 2019 season opening on 1st March.

Our special exhibition this year presents'Once upon a time ...... ' where you can dip into Wallingford's history, through aerial photos, archaeology, artefacts and archives. Wallingford is presently going through many changes and this exhibition invites you to explore the development of the Town through the ages.​

Our exhibitions for 2019 also include: 'Wallingford Castle - the Inside Story'; 'The Wallingford Story' ; 'At home with the Queen of Crime - Agatha Christie', and the 'Midsomer Murders' display.

Look out for special events this year including Castle history walk (30 March), our regular Saturday Town History walks (commence 6 April), A Night at the Museum (17 May and 25 Oct), Family Archaeology Day (27 July), a surprise event (17 Aug), BunkFest offers, and Agatha Christie Weekend (6-8 Sept).

Lots of fascinating things to see and enjoy!

Stu Darby

Can you help us?

Wallingford Museum is looking for people to help with the running of this popular attraction and we would love to hear from you if you have half a day or more to spare once a month. Our band of volunteer custodians are critical to the museum's success and we need people to greet visitors and be in attendance for a morning or afternoon once a month between March and November.

No previous experience necessary other than a desire to meet people!

Please contact Jenny Carpenter on 01491 826734 or

Steve Capel-Davies

'The Great British Poster Artists: The Golden Age of Posters in Britain'

Dr Graham Twemlow will talk to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) about Great British Poster Artists.

Poster art in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s was a thriving industry enabled by enlightened clients such as Shell-Mex, the London Underground, and the four railway companies. Many other organisations, including department stores such Bobby & Co, Derry & Toms and Heal’s followed this lead and advertised their products or services via illustrated posters. This talk will explore the works of the pioneers of British poster art – artists include Tom Purvis; E. McKnight Kauffer; Paul Nash; Graham Sutherland.

Our speaker is a retired University academic. Graham writes and lectures on design history and decorative arts subjects. He is interested in all aspects of the applied arts, but with a particular passion for illustrated posters from the mid 19th Century to the mid 20th Century. An experienced speaker, he has given talks at venues such as the Royal Society of Arts, the Grolier Club, New York, Christie’s South Kensington, the River & Rowing Museum, and the Ashmolean Museum.

This talk will be held on Wednesday 13th February, 7.45 for 8pm, at St Mary’s Church, Wallingford.

Visitors (£4) are most welcome.

Katharine Keats-Rohan

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