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Learning at Oxfordshire Museums

Activities which enable children and adults to handle real and replica artefacts.


Oxfordshire's heritage and museums services have a range creative activities which enable children and adults to handle real and replica artefacts.

Services for schools

Schools can book a workshop at The Oxfordshire Museum or we can come to you.

All workshops feature a range of practical, hands-on activities using a wide variety of artefacts and photographs. Your workshop leader will run the session and provide all necessary materials. A detailed teacher’s pack is available for all sessions.

More details can be found on the workshop for schools page.

Box loans

Loan boxes contain a selection of genuine artefacts, photographs and documents with the occasional replica item. The objects are an ideal starting point for launching creative learning.

The boxes can be used to promote and develop observation skills, critical thinking, problem solving, questioning and empathising skills. They are also ideal for stimulating creative writing, art and design.  All loans boxes come with a teacher’s pack which includes background information and ways to use the box in the classroom.

Services for adults

Reminiscence sessions in the community

Two women making gloves, black and white

Two women making gloves.

Hands on Oxfordshire's Heritage (HOOH) runs reminiscence sessions with groups of older people. Museum artefacts, documents, photographs and a range of well loved objects can help to stimulate conversation and allow shared memories, often prompting much laughter.

A trained facilitator brings the boxes to your group and helps get the conversation flowing and before long the hour-long session has flown by. Friendships are forged and memories stimulated in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

With more than 40 themed boxes of objects and photographs on topics such as 'Fun and Games', 'Make Do and Mend', 'Food' and 'Sunday Best', groups are sure to find something to interest them.

Recommended donation per session £15. Suggested group size: maximum of 15.

'Those Were the Days' group

Do you have memories of Woodstock and the surrounding villages? We have started a monthly group for people to meet up, reminisce about the old days and share memories. More can be found on our Those Were the Days webpage.

Prescription for Reminiscence Scheme

A group of older people next to a vintage busThe Prescription for Reminiscence scheme is designed to engage older people who are not familiar with the activities and events for older people at the Museum of Oxford and Oxford Partner Museums.

The Reminiscence Officer will make contact with all referrals to the scheme to discuss Museum activities and groups provided for older people in Oxford including Memory Lane at the Museum of Oxford and Those Were The Days at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. Advice will be given on how to join in and get involved.

If you would like to discuss the project or would like more information please contact us.

Oxfordshire Libraries

Oxfordshire Libraries are developing a range of resources that have been designed to be used primarily to support reminiscence among the elderly and those suffering from memory loss. 


Most of the items held by Oxfordshire Museum Service come from the people of Oxfordshire, who donate them to us.

How to donate to our handling collections.

Last reviewed
26 March 2018
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