The Westgate Pop Up Museum

As part of the Westgate Oxford development, Oxford Archaeology with Westgate Oxford, opened a Pop Up Museum. For six weeks it had a home in a shop unit in the Westgate Shopping Centre. Volunteers from the East Oxford Archaeology Project opened and ran the museum on Tuesdays, Thursdays and jointly with OA staff on Wednesdays, for the Show and Tell Sessions. The Museum was opened and run by OA staff volunteers on Saturdays. 

The Museum was a great success, with an excess of fifty visitors every day it was open and in excess of 150 visitors on a couple of occasions. Everyone who visited felt that they had learnt more about the archaeology of the Westgate and many commented on how they little they had previously known about Oxford. From the volunteers and OA staff, it was particularly rewarding to hear from people local to St Ebbes who were keen to share their stories and memories of living and working in the area.

The finds from the previous Westgate excavations were from the Museum of Oxford and on loan from the Oxfordshire Museums Service. The finds on display from the current excavations were prepared and processed specially for the Pop Up Museum by the Finds Department at Oxford Archaeology. These will be further analysed and will be part of the report produced, once the excavation phase of the Westgate Oxford development is finished.

"OA Wednesdays" Show and Tell sessions at the Pop Up Museum

Here are a couple of photographs from a few of our Show and Tell sessions.

DrawingDemo copy Museum 

Finds in the museum

Here are some of the finds on display in the Pop Up Museum.

Finds3 copy Finds4 copy Finds5 copy

Finds6 copy Finds7 copy Finds8 copy

Finds10 copy Finds11 copy Finds12 copy Finds14 copy 


Where is the Pop Up Museum now?

The Pop Up Museum has moved! It is now in the Public Central Library, Westgate, Oxford. It is on the first floor, accessible by lift and stairs, and is open during library opening hours. It is on display there until 14 September 2015. Watch this space for where it is next!