Help open the Museum of Oxford #SupportOurMuseums

by Museum of Oxford Development Trust in Oxford, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 17th December 2020 we successfully raised £900 ( + est. £192.50 Gift Aid ) with 27 supporters in 35 days

A new Museum of Oxford was planned to open in 2020. The pandemic has caused delays and we really need your support to help us open in 2021.

by Museum of Oxford Development Trust in Oxford, England, United Kingdom

The Museum of Oxford needs your help!

The new Museum of Oxford will be an accessible, community-led space for collaborative, inclusive conversations about Oxford’s rich heritage and our place in our city’s history.

But we need your help to ensure we can open. The pandemic has halted a major redevelopment project and caused delays. We need you to support your Museum, to make sure it can open in 2021. 


(Above, Erica wearing a lobster tail helmet, photographed by Paul Nelson as part of the 'This is my object' project, working with students from local college)

Who are we?

The Museum of Oxford stands apart in a city of world-class museums. During lockdown we have been working to continue engaging local communities. Projects to collect stories of how people experience the pandemic were shared and collected through our ‘Oxford City Stories’ website. Three members of the, very small, Museum Team (a third of the staff) were directly involved in the local response, supporting some of Oxford’s most vulnerable residents. No museum in the city is better placed in understanding and working with its local residents, but we need your help to ensure we can open and share these stories.

How you can help

Every pound you donate will be used to ensure local children and young people have a Museum to learn about their heritage and the people they share their city with when things return to normal.


(Above, a family enjoying a craft activity in our temporary Micro-Museum)

It will mean that we can continue working with some of Oxford’s most vulnerable residents through our Memories and Moments, older peoples’ programme.


(Above, photograph from 'Windrush Years - Next Generations' exhibition launch)

It will see Oxford’s diverse communities represented in ground-breaking exhibitions – such as the award winning ‘Queering Spires’.

New displays of fascinating objects with fascinating stories will be available for all to see.1605100603_annabthistlesuitjackt_smol.jpg

(Above, Annabelinda suit jacket)

The effect of the pandemic

The current crisis has impacted Oxford as it has cities across the country. Work to the Museum stopped as resources were diverted to respond to those most in need. Construction was delayed and the impact of the crisis has brought in new working restrictions, stalling the delivery of specialist materials and items, such as lifts.

A new Museum of Oxford is so close to being a reality. We are at 80% of the total funding needed for this £3.2million. Your help could ensure this fantastic resource is available for future generations to enjoy.

Some great rewards

Of course, the real reward here is ensuring that this fantastic learning resource is available for future generations, that the city's older people can engage in reminiscence activities to improve their wellbeing, and that underrepresented communities have their stories shared. But there are also some amazing and unique awards for your support. 

We have one off tours of the new Museum to say thank you and private tours with the staff who helped to create it. We have some wonderful, limited edition prints created by local artist Rachel Barbaresi (pictured below) created on the Bodleian Library's historic printing press. 

We can’t wait to welcome you to your Museum! 

(Below, Rachel Barbaresi's limited edition print of Oxford pubs from the St Ebbes area)


(Above, the Museum of Oxford will be available to visit inside Oxford's Grade II* listed Town Hall)


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£30 or more

£30 – Openers grand tour

A grand tour of the museum for you and a friend with an introduction from one of the Museum Team followed by one of the Museum’s volunteers taking you around their favourite stops in the new spaces. The size of the groups taken around will completely depend on restrictions in place when we open. What is for certain is a completely unique and exciting introduction to the brand new Museum of Oxford.

£5 or more

£5 – Thank you for supporting!

Every donation helps – thank you for your support.

£75 or more

2 of 40 claimed

£75 - Unique print of Oxford’s pubs

Rachel Barbaresi’s specially created artwork is available on a limited edition print run directly from the Bodleian library’s historic printing press. This signed version is a great addition to any home. This reward gets you one of a limited run of 50 signed by the artist. Available to pick up from the Museum of Oxford when we open in 2021!

£100 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£100 – Private Openers grand tour

Are you part of a local group or history society? This option gets you the ‘Openers grand tour’ for up to 10 people (Covid restrictions pending!) to learn more about the new Museum of Oxford together.

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£500 – Private Openers grandest tour

Tour of the new museum for you and 5 friends with the Museum Development Officer. Enjoy this private tour of the new Museum of Oxford with the Museum Development Officer when the spaces open. You will receive a complimentary drink before receiving the insight of someone who has been involved with the project since it began almost five years ago…

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£1000 – You tell us!

With £1000 we are happy to talk to you about what might be best. We will do our best to be accommodating to thank you for your amazing generosity. It could be private use of the spaces or getting the recognised on our donor recognition board.

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