The Hook Norton Village Museum and Archive was set up in 2003 by the Local History Group but although still closely involved with the History Group, is now run independently by a Management Committee assisted by a team of volunteers.
The Museum is situated at the rear of the Brewery Museum above the Visitor centre on the Brewery site and although not manned on a regular basis can be accessed daily when the Visitor centre is open.
There are a number of interesting displays and photographs showing life in Hook Norton as it was in past centuries and depicting a way of life which is unfamiliar to us today. Many of the local industries such as the railway and ironstone quarrying have disappeared from the village whilst the Brewery and production of ales have undergone a revival over the past decades.
The archive contains over 1500 photographs, a large number of old maps and copies of local wills and deeds, many of which have been transcribed. In addition the store holds many additional artefacts which have been donated through the generosity of villagers and the wider community.
Visitors wishing to research the history of their properties or family will find that we are able to access a wealth of information from the archives and help is available from one of the volunteers if requested.
If you need further information, would like a volunteer to meet you at the Museum or would like to become involved then please contact the Secretary, Jackie White at Jackie@jackiewhite.me.uk
Other Museum officers are Bridget Shepherd, Curator; Elaine Griggs, Chairman and Barbara Summerell, Treasurer
The Village History Website
If you would like to find out more about the history of Hook Norton, you can view a wealth of information by visiting the Village History website.