Abingdon is England’s oldest continually inhabited town, come and find out why at Abingdon Museum!
The Museum’s permanent collection takes you on a journey through the history of England’s oldest continually inhabited town. From Iron Age Britain’s ‘Abingdon Ware’ pottery, to Roman and Saxon artefacts, they present the shifting phases of a country town in development. The story takes you through the Middle Ages, the changing fortunes of the following centuries and the coming of modern trade, industry and transport. In addition the museum has a programme of changing exhibitions throughout the year, so there is always something new to discover.
Completed in 1682 by Christopher Kempster, a colleague of Sir Christopher Wren, the County Hall stands as a landmark arcaded free-standing classical civic hall. The hall has been used as the county assize court, a ballroom, market house, education centre and in 1920 was first opened to the public as a museum.
First established in 1920 as a natural history collection, Abingdon’s town collection has grown into a comprehensive collection of artefacts, art and archaeology detailing much of the town’s extensive history. On display you will find Stone Age tools, Roman clothing, Saxon weapons and jewellery, Medieval masonry, civic silverware, all the way through to an MGB roadster, highlighting the diversity of the town’s history.
The museum roof is a must-see during periods of good weather, as it provides a panoramic view of the town and South Oxfordshire countryside. Tickets are available for just £2 adults and £1 children (6-16 yrs). If you have enjoyed your visit, and you’re looking for a souvenir, or simply want to enjoy shopping, the museum shop contains a huge variety of gifts, art, replicas and toys, many of which you won’t find ‘on the high street’.
In the basement they host popular craft activities led by their fantastic ‘Crafting Crew’ during holidays and during special events.