Our Museum’s origin stretches back to the 1940s when a collection of historic exhibits were displayed in the town’s library in Marlborough Rd. In 1980, the collection was moved to 8 Horsefair, overlooking Banbury Cross. This historic building, originally built for Banbury’s Poor Law Guardians, provided a home for the Museum until 1999.
A town centre redevelopment at Castle Quay provided the opportunity to build a new museum, purposed designed, with more space for displays and activities, in a great canal-side location. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the community, the new Museum, designed by ECD Architects of London, opened in September 2002.
From the 1940s until 2013, the museums in Banbury have been provided by the Local Authority. An exciting new chapter opened in November 2013, when a new charity, The Banbury Museum Trust, took full responsibility for the Museum. A new period of development has begun.