Yet again, the August weather fails to surprise with another display of endless rain and wind across Buckingham! But what more should we expect for the summer holidays?!
Thankfully, at the Buckingham Old Gaol we have a huge array of summer activities - Indoor - designed to entertain and engage minds from all ages.
The Friends of the Old Gaol have created a series of activities for Children, all linked to the fascinating past of the town and our summer 'Treasures from the Soil' exhibition. Learn about Buckingham's Anglo Saxon monier and design your own coin, dig in the sand and see what artefacts lie beneath, and create your own fabulous mosaic. Loads more to do and only for a 50p supplement to our usual children's admission.
Our 'Treasures from the Soil' exhibition focuses squarely on the amazing array of objects found in the immediate locality. In pride of place we have on display an incredible Iron Age Tankard, on loan from the British Museum no less. The tankard is huge and showcases the skill of Iron Age metalworking in Buckingham over 2,000 years ago. You will also get to see artefacts dating from the early stone age (the Palaeolithic), through the Dark-Ages, Medieval and Tudor periods. Buckingham has an incredible history...what lies beneath the soil of your own garden...? Come and talk to us and find out more...
(The stunning photograph of the Old gaol below was captured by local photographer Michael Peter Lake)
It has been an incredibly busy and exciting start to the summer for the team at the Old Gaol, and in turn the community at large.
We begin by celebrating our award as an Arts Council of England Accredited Museum. This ranking puts us on a par with the likes of the British Museum as it ensures that we maintain a nationally agreed set of standards regarding management, curation and care of exhibits as well as the services we offer to the public. We are delighted with this recognition and invite you to come and share in our success by making a visit and seeing our remarkable exhibits and collections.
The museum also eagerly anticipates the arrival of its share of the Saxon coins from the now globally famous 'Lenborough Hoard' which we will display with great pride. Special thanks must be extended to the people of the town who contributed so generously to the fundraising activities of 2016...Your efforts and support paid off as this unique discovery, local to this area, is now secured as one for the future.
Finally, we took great pride in supporting the Maids Moreton Archaeological Group in preparation for the summer excavations. Our trustees and members learned a great deal about geophysics and the raw power of the sun as they paced a field for 4 days in +25 degree heat collecting data to determine where this years excavation efforts should be focused.
With an exciting range of summer activities and events planned, come along and see us to learn and experience the rich history of this town, and how you might be able to help us do more...