Protect Oxford's Hidden Histories

Help us to conserve fantastic objects and to ensure their safe transportation to the new Museum of Oxford.

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On 13th Aug 2018 we successfully raised £1,381 with 27 supporters in 42 days

Help us to conserve fantastic objects and to ensure their safe transportation to the new Museum of Oxford. 

All of the objects available to support for this project are in the care of the Oxfordshire County Council Museum Service.

We need your help to conserve these special objects and to put them on display. Each object has its own unique conservation needs. With your support they will find a new home, on display at the Museum of Oxford as part of a larger Heritage Lottery Funded project. These objects need specialist transportation and expert conservation support. Your support is vital. 

We need to raise £10,000 to pay for these specialist requirements and so we can bring these objects into museum:

Penicillin Culture Vessel

Back in the 1940s, it was necessary to produce 2000 litres of culture to obtain enough penicillin to treat a single patient. This is a vessel that would have been used to produce that culture in Oxford, which was a hotbed of penicillin production during WW2.

Bank Note from the Old Bank

From the Old Bank Hotel on High Street, this note bears the city and university’s crests on it and has been stamped several times.

Recycled Mini Trowels

These small trowels and the mould were made from recycled Mini engines. These were recast for export to 3rd world countries in the 50s and 60s.

Elizabethan Wall Painting

This is a wonderful section of wall from an Elizabethan inn that would have been situated on Corn Market. It has an intricate floral design.

The Cutteslowe Wall Spikes

A private housing development in Cutteslowe had walls with iron spikes erected to prevent access from the nearby council housing estate. People from the estate were prevented from using certain roads and pathways.

The Wolvercote Gorget

This is a lightweight piece of armour that would protect the neck and examples similar to this would have been used by soldiers during the Civil War. This gorget was found in Oxford by Matt who was the boat master of ‘Rosamund the Fair’, Oxford’s cruising restaurant. He was carrying out maintenance on the boat when he discovered the gorget in the river.

Policeman’s uniform

The Town Hall was built at the end of the 19th century to accommodate a wide range of the city’s needs. One of these was law and order. This formal dress uniform, helmet, boots and sword will be used in the Museum to tell the city’s history with policing, the unique relationship with the university and also the role of the Town Hall building.

As part of our campaign we have created a range of exciting rewards including limited edition products and unique experiences.

Pledge now and be part of the biggest redevelopment your museum has undertaken. Help us to tell your story, the stories of Oxford and its people. 

(We've used objects from the collection to name our pledge rewards. Obviously, we aren't giving you the objects themselves, they just add a bit of fun to the campaign! If you would like to find out more about the objects mentioned, email

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