Feature Exhibitions

The Indian Army in the First World War

Showcasing exciting new research exploring the history of India's contribution to the First World War, as well as the story of the connections between the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry - a unit of which served as part of the British Indian Army during the war years.

The exhibition pays particular attention to newly discovered stories of individual British and Indian men and women, bringing to life the impact of the war on ordinary people in our local communities and in South Asia.

This exhibition is available from 10th January to March 9th

The Lenborough Hoard

On a cold December afternoon in 2014, in a field less than a mile from Buckingham, a metal detectorist  discovered a coin hoard of major national significance.  

Comprising more than 5,000 silver coins, minted during the reigns of Saxon Kings Ethelred the Unready and Canute, the hoard was carefully concealed in a lead casket and buried.

The hoard is a vital component of Buckingham's Dark Age past and will be the showcase of the 'Silver and Slaughter' exhibition.

Come and see this unique discovery and learn about Buckingham's Saxon 'monier' - The man who hand made a number of these precious coins in the Royal Buckingham Mint.

The Flora Thompson Collection

Flora Thompson, the writer of the semi-autobiographical trilogy, 'Lark Rise to Candleford' is commemorated in the Buckingham Old Gaol. 

An evocative tale of life as a child growing up in the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire countryside in the late nineteenth century, 'Lark Rise to Candleford' is but one work of this celebrated author and poet.

The exhibition, which the Museum Development Service called, 'of national importance', was formally opened in 2007 to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of her death. This is the only permanent, viewable exhibition of Flora Thompson memorabilia in the world, and comprises photographs, pamphlets, early and first edition books, letters written by Flora, and a number of personal items.