Banbury Museum & Gallery has two galleries that tell the story of Banbury and are free to enter.
Anglo Saxon Era Brooch
Made in early 500AD, and found in Hornton, near Banbury, this women’s square headed brooch in gilded bronze would have served a practical function but also demonstrated great status and wealth for its owner.
Banbury’s police force was set up in 1836. These truncheons used by local constables are both a symbol of power and a weapon to keep the peace.
Wardington Carriers Cart
With 200 carts travelling in and out of Banbury each week, the carriers cart is a symbol of Banbury’s place as a busy Victorian Market town.
The Waterways Gallery
The Waterways Gallery straddles the canal and connects the Museum shop and welcome centre in Castle Quay and the main Museum building. It helps tell the story of the people who lived and worked on the Oxford Canal and the importance of the waterways to Banbury’s past.
The Waterways Gallery is the focus of an ongoing development project to deliver a new gallery that will illustrate this remarkable feature that stretches from Coventry to Oxford, connecting the Midlands with London.