The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum is not a Regimental Museum more a Military Museum related to the connection between the Military of Oxfordshire and the County in which they are based, hence our strap line of “Conflict and County”. At the heart of the Museum will always be the rich histories of the two County Regiments; The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars in which Churchill served and was associated with for 64 years. Our Aim is to tell the stories of these soldiers, their families, the county towns in which they lived or came from and the consequences of conflict on them and the County.
The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust (SOFO) holds, protects and provides public access to 3,500 objects and over 7,500 archive items of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars on behalf of the owning trusts. The collections 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.
Royal Green Jackets, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 43rd (Monmouthshire Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot, 43rd (or the Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot (light Infantry), 43RD (or The Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot, Colonel Fowke’s Regiment of Foot, 54th Foot (re-numbered 43rd of Foot), 52nd (Oxfordshire Light Infantry) Regiment, 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot, 52nd Regiment of Foot, 54th (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot (renumbered 52nd of Foot). The Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars, Oxfordshire University OTC, Home Guard.