A History of Wycombe in 10 Objects

Walk through a history of Wycombe with our permanent exhibition. Our galleries tell the story of Wycombe District through 10 key objects from a Prehistoric hand axe to a Modern Wycombe Wanderers rosette. Each of the 10 key objects tells us about a part of Wycombe’s history, but there are more than 10 things to see! From thousands of objects in the Museum’s collection, we have chosen a selection that connects to and supports these key objects. Many of the connections are between objects from different points in history and some of the relationships might be unexpected or surprising! Objects can tell us about the past, but we are also free to make our own meanings from the Museum displays. The objects have been selected to include objects that are surprising, important, beautiful, quirky, wonderful, and the everyday. Come and see our History of Wycombe in 10 Objects, and the many stories they all tell.

Food: Beer, Bacon Badgers and Bhajis

Local foods through history and today

From 24 June

This exhibition celebrates everything edible and delicious in Wycombe District from Prehistory to the present day. Find out which foods are grown and produced in the area, how table manners have changed throughout history, and all about local specialities such as Bucks bacon badgers and lardy cakes. Lots of hands-on activities for all!

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The Art of Dying

Opening 6 November

An exhibition of art and history about Wycombe Cemetery featuring works by Cally Trench, Alex Dewart and Sally Scagell.

The first burial at High Wycombe Cemetery – of a baby called Emily Smith – took place in 1855. Since then hundreds of local people have been buried or had their ashes interred there. This exhibition shows drawings, films, and paintings made in response to the cemetery, and explores its history and the stories associated with its most remarkable monuments.

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