The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Museums

The Muddy Guide: What’s On Thurs 17 – Weds 23 March

15 Mar 2016

Loads on this week around Bucks and Oxon – it really feels like the fun is cranking up for Spring. Out you go and have some fun!

Austen’s Women, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Fri 18 March

Mr Darcy! A sell-out Edinburgh Festival hit, this play takes 13 of Jane Austen’s heroines in this bold revisiting of some of literature’s most celebrated works using only Austen’s words.

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Up the highest tower in Oxford. Fancy a look?

29 Feb 2016

Went into Oxford last Monday to take my kids to the Andy Warhol exhibition at The Ashmolean Museum – because those bratlets will be cultured, goddamit. But I entirely forgot that all the museums are closed on a Monday (even in half term which seem a bit daft). Cue some quick thinking and a change of plan.

Which was a scurry up St Michael in the North Gate tower, on the corner of Cornmarket and Ship Street.

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KIDS: River & Rowing and a fab lunchy

7 Sep 2015


You can always rely on the River & Rowing Museum to provide gloriously silly fancy dress with their holiday activity program. Having elbowed several children out the way to get at the goods (don’t get sniffy, at least one of them was mine) , I threw on this polyester gold lame number.

This little piece of Tutenkhamun loveliness is part of the Epic Egypt family exhibition that’s been running all summer.

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Last weekend for Geek is Good!

30 Oct 2014

Ooopsy. Well, better late than never. I visited the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford a couple of months back now to review the Geek is Good exhibition for the Ali Jones radio show, and then promptly forgot to put it on the blog. Now it’s the last weekend of the exhibition so you’d better read this quick!

I did put Geek is Good my Muddy Guide a couple of times, but it does deserve its own post really because it’s one of those small museums that does great things (the Oxford University Bate Collection of musical instruments is another) that somehow gets overlooked for the more obvious bony charms of the dinosaurs in the Pitt Rivers Museum down the road.

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Summer Funtime at the River & Rowing Museum

1 Aug 2014

Ah, doesn’t it look peaceful?

This was the lovely neat, quiet room in Henley’s River & Rowing Museum before any children got into it. Let me say straight away that this Summer Funtime with Mr Toad exhibition is not quiet. Car horns beep, there’s a musical station to the front of the picture above with tambourine, triangle and a whole load of other percussion instruments that I don’t know the name to.

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Discovering Tutankhamun

29 Jul 2014

Tis no secret that I love The Ashmolean, its lovely classic facade on Beaumont St and all that smooth white and glass and light on the inside, with an extraordinary collection of riches from around the world. The Ashmolean’s central exhibitions have been getting great press – its recent Cezanne and the Modern was gushed over in all the nationals – and this Discovering Tutankhamun exhibition is having the same effect.

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