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Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed

Wallingford Museum enjoyed record numbers in 2014 but is now looking forward to its 2015 season, which willbring a wonderful new special exhibition -'Wallingford's Royal Castle Revealed’.It will display for the first time the fantastic results of fresh historical and archaeological research into the life and importance of one of the greatest royal strongholds of Medieval England. This new research shows Wallingford Castle's importance as the third great stronghold of the Thames Valley - Tower of London, Windsor and Wallingford - wonderful new details of the life of the castle, its buildings, people and activities. It will bring to life the amazing details discovered in these newly translated documents, revealing the daily life and the layout of the Castle. This exhibition will complement a weekend of 'living history' on 27-28 June, when the English Civil War Society and Town Council have organised a 'Civil War re-enactment' on the Castle.

Alongside, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing ofMagna Cartathere will be an additional display 'Magna Carta and All That!' highlighting Wallingford's role in the events of 1215, and why it is only one of four towns mentioned in Magna Carta. King John was at Wallingford Castle on several occasions during his falling out with the barons which led to Magna Carta.

There will be special events during this year including guided History Walks (11 April), a Night at the Museum (15 May), Family Archaeology Day (18 July), a Medieval Day (15 Aug) and an Agatha Christie weekend (18-20 Sept), culminating in a major history conference about Wallingford Castle in October.

During the afternoon of Sunday 14 June, St Mary's Church bells will ring a special peel as part of the national commemoration of Magna Carta.

The Museum is open for its 2015 season fromTuesday 3 Marchas follows:
Tuesdays - Fridays 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Saturdays 10.30am - 5.00pm
Sundays (June - August only) & Bank Holidays 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Children and War- children's experiences of WW II inOxfordshire

March's talk to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) will be by Liz Wooley. She will present'Children and War- children's experiences of WW II in Oxfordshire'.

Oxfordshire escaped major bombing during World War II but the county’s inhabitants were, none-the-less, heavily affected by the War. Preparations for possible attack and invasion altered the familiar landscape and everyday life in towns and villages was disrupted. Thousands of evacuees found refuge here and became part of residents’ homes and schools. Liz's talk looks at how the lives of Oxfordshire children – both those born in the county and those evacuated here – were affected by World War II. It is likely to prompt older listeners to recall and share their own wartime experiences, whether from Oxfordshire or elsewhere. The talk is presented in association with the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust, whose major 2011-13 exhibition, Children and War, examined war-time evacuation, boy soldiers, war toys and commemoration, from the Boer War to the present day.

This talk will be held on Friday 13th March, 7.45 for 8pm at Wallingford Town Hall. Visitors (£3) are most welcome.

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