2 November 2019, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm
On 2nd November 2019 Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, the county’s only dedicated military history museum, will be holding their We’ll Meet Again event, celebrating the museum’s WW2 collections and appealing to visitors to share their own military stories and objects with the museum. The event will run throughout the museum’s opening time, 11am to 5pm.
The museum is preparing a reminiscence display and is looking for local people’s stories from the outbreak of the Second World War to the 1980s, which will focus on key moments and memories of Oxfordshire life throughout the decades.
Items recently donated to the museum following appeals include an evacuee’s coat, a wedding dress made from a WW2 parachute and an extensive range of diaries, photographs and drawings from a member of the county regiment who was held as a POW.
On the day visitors can come along and share their reminiscences, photographs and objects with SOFO Museum volunteers, some of which could feature in the reminiscence display in the future. The day will also feature a range of 1940s-themed activities, displays and experiences for all ages.
Families will get the chance to handle real WW2 objects from the museum’s own collection and take part in a ‘Make Do and Mend’ activity while discovering what objects can tell about life on the Home Front, or even craft their own gas mask.
A pop-up Gin Bar and ‘Iron Rations Café’ will cater for adults while children enjoy the many workshops and activities available throughout the day. Local living history groups will provide small displays and interact with visitors, as they portray members of 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Oxfordshire Home Guard.
Oxfordshire County Council Music Serve Youth Orchestra, will also play music of the era throughout the day.
Admission to the museum will be free for the duration of the event, but there will be a small fee (£2.00) for some of the workshops on the day. A full schedule can be found on the museum website.
Source: Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum