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Banbury Museum

Founded: 1940s       Governance: LA-supported trust     Scope: Local history   Visited: Autumn 2019

The rain poured down as I made my way through Banbury, past the phantom of what was once Tooley's Boatyard and which is now a shop and a shed holding one boat next to a slight widening of the canal, into the Museum. That moved here in 2002 from an historic building into part of a brash new shopping centre.Banbury's canals feature in its displays - you approach the reception desk via the Waterways Gallery, a long, elevated corridor with some sparse exhibits which allows the Museum staff plenty of time to see you coming ... Once you're through that experience (and if there isn't a special exhibition on which takes your fancy) you are likely then to proceed upstairs to the history gallery. This is basically one large room containing some interesting things including a remarkable set of Civil War relics (how has the saddle survived?), a cart through which you can catch glimpses of the exhibits (and other visitors), and a huge aluminium wall-map made by a local metals manufacturer. The one disconcerting element came in the form of the loudest movement sensors I have ever heard: CLUNK CLUNK they go, wherever you are, however you try to avoid them, and whenever you so much as lift a hand to scratch your nose.

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