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The Vale and Downland Museum is a local museum in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire, England. Its galleries present the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region around Wantage. There is a Victorian kitchen, Iron Age skeleton and a bust of Sir John Betjeman amongst its attractions, along with a cafe serving homemade food. During school holidays there are several themed days, most of which are 'entry by donation'. The museum also acts as a community hub holding a weekly Women's Institute market, several book groups and various drawing, knitting and needlework classes. The museum is located in the Old Surgery, Church Street, in the centre of the town. The museum has around 1,500 books, pamphlets and periodicals in its library.

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  • The Vale and Downland Museum is a local museum in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire, England. Its galleries present the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region around Wantage. There is a Victorian kitchen, Iron Age skeleton and a bust of Sir John Betjeman amongst its attractions, along with a cafe serving homemade food. During school holidays there are several themed days, most of which are 'entry by donation'. The museum also acts as a community hub holding a weekly Women's Institute market, several book groups and various drawing, knitting and needlework classes. The museum is located in the Old Surgery, Church Street, in the centre of the town. The museum has around 1,500 books, pamphlets and periodicals in its library.
  • The Vale and Downland Museum is a local museum in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire, England. Its galleries present the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region around Wantage. Housed within what was The Old Surgery. The museum has been nationally acclaimed as an outstanding example of community partnership. The range of services is very broad ranging, from galleries interpreting the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region, to a café with a delightful terrace and garden.
  • The Vale and Downland Museum is a local museum in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire, England. Its galleries present the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region around Wantage. A Victorian kitchen, Iron Age skeleton and a bust of Sir John Betjeman are amongst its attractions, along with a cafe serving home-made food. During school holidays there are several themed days, most of which are 'entry by donation'.
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  • The Vale and Downland Museum is a local museum in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire, England. Its galleries present the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region around Wantage. There is a Victorian kitchen, Iron Age skeleton and a bust of Sir John Betjeman amongst its attractions, along with a cafe serving homemade food. During school holidays there are several themed days, most of which are 'entry by donation'. The museum also acts as a community hub holding a weekly Women's Institute market, several book groups and various drawing, knitting and needlework classes. The museum is located in the Old Surgery, Church Street, in the centre of the town. The museum has around 1,500 books, pamphlets and periodicals in its library.
  • The Vale and Downland Museum is a local museum in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire, England. Its galleries present the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region around Wantage. Housed within what was The Old Surgery. The museum has been nationally acclaimed as an outstanding example of community partnership. The range of services is very broad ranging, from galleries interpreting the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region, to a café with a delightful terrace and garden. It also acts as a springboard for residents and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside around Wantage. Admission to the museum galleries is free but we welcome donations. (suggested donation of £2 per adult, £1 per child) At the Vale & Downland, you’ll discover so much more than a museum! From fossils to a Formula One racing car, they have objects and stories to fascinate all ages. Their vibrant and frequently changing programme of exhibitions and events ensures there is always something new to see and do for families and schools Whilst you are there you can also enjoy delicious home-made cakes and lunches served in the Café. Our shop also stocks a range of books, gifts, toys and souvenirs. There is a bust of Sir John Betjeman who lived in the town (1951-1972) with his wife Penelope and he wrote 2 poems about the town, Wantage Bells and On Leaving Wantage. Also a life sized bronze statue of horse racing legend Lester Piggott, who was the first baby born in the Wantage Cottage Hospital in 1935. Lester himself unveiled the statue in August 2019. Surprisingly there is a full Formula One car on display in the museum's Barn Gallery. On long term loan from local F1 team Williams, This particular car was driven by Damon Hill during the 94/95 season. Of course Wantage is well known for being the birth place of Alfred the Great, and the museum curatorial team have been working hard to bring some of the history from King Alfred's time to life in the galleries with a brand new Anglo Saxon/King Alfred Gallery in development. The completion and opening of this gallery has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The Vale and Downland Museum is a local museum in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire, England. Its galleries present the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region around Wantage. A Victorian kitchen, Iron Age skeleton and a bust of Sir John Betjeman are amongst its attractions, along with a cafe serving home-made food. During school holidays there are several themed days, most of which are 'entry by donation'. The museum also acts as a community hub, holding a weekly Women's Institute market, several book groups and various drawing, knitting and needlework classes. The museum is housed in the Old Surgery, Church Street, in the centre of the town. It has around 1,500 books, pamphlets and periodicals in its library.
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