Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
How to get here:
Off the A44 at Woodstock, 5 miles north of Oxford.
The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust (SOFO) holds, protects and provides public access to 3500 objects and over 7500 archive items of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars on behalf of the owning trusts. SOFO's own collection is focused on the military heritage of the region and continues to grow as the Trust opened a new museum in 2014, attracting support from within the county to augment the collections.
We conserve and interpret our collection, provide access to our rich archives for researchers and produce varied exhibitions and learning opportunities. The breadth of the collection allows us to present a wide range of historical themes with roots in our locality. SOFO's principal objective for the next five to ten years is to increase access through far greater audience-focussed interpretation activity.
The collections (initially brought together post-WW1) date back to the late 18th century and reflect the local regiments' involvement in major conflicts such as the War of American Independence, the Peninsula War, the Boer Wars, the Great War and World War II, together with less well known events such as the New Zealand war of 1864 and the Brunei emergency in the 1960s. Weapons, equipment, clothing, flags, musical instruments and regimental silver are augmented by personal memories, diaries, letters and photographs.
The SOFO collection is unique to the county. Although the regiments themselves have been absorbed into larger regimental groups, family connections with many of the soldiers who served in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Oxfordshire Yeomanry persist. The number of people in the county with memories of and personal connections to conflict, both past and current, is huge. The heritage is important as a resource with which to increase people's understanding of the nature of military conflict, and its effect on individuals both on the front line and at home, with specific relevance to the local area.