Vale and Downland Museum

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Vale and Downland Museum
Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage.jpg
Vale and Downland Museum is located in Oxfordshire
Vale and Downland Museum
Location in Oxfordshire
Established 1958; 59 years ago (1958)
Location Wantage, Oxfordshire, England
Coordinates 51°35′17″N 1°25′41″W / 51.588047°N 1.428090°W / 51.588047; -1.428090
Type Museum of Local Culture and History
Visitors 53,000[1]
Director Julia Reynolds
Curator Suzie Tilbury
Public transit access X30 & 31 buses from Oxford and Abingdon
32A & X32 buses from Didcot

The Vale and Downland Museum is a local museum in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire, England. Its galleries present the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region around Wantage. There is a Victorian kitchen, Iron Age skeleton and a bust of Sir John Betjeman amongst its attractions, along with a cafe serving homemade food. During school holidays there are several themed days, most of which are 'entry by donation'. The museum also acts as a community hub holding a weekly Women's Institute market, several book groups and various drawing, knitting and needlework classes. The museum is located in the Old Surgery, Church Street, in the centre of the town.[2] The museum has around 1,500 books, pamphlets and periodicals in its library.[3]


  1. ^ "Visit Us". Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Vale and Downland Museum". Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Vale and Downland Museum Wantage". Retrieved 28 September 2016. 

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Coordinates: 51°35′16″N 1°25′42″W / 51.58778°N 1.42833°W / 51.58778; -1.42833