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Wycombe Museum

Outside shot of Wycombe Museum, an 18th century house.

Set in beautiful grounds, and with exciting hands-on activities, Wycombe Museum is a great place to discover the fascinating and varied history of the district and the famous collection of Windsor chairs.

A new museum for Wycombe

After 80 years Wycombe Museum is starting a new chapter. Supported by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, plans are being developed to move the museum to a new location in the town centre on Queen Victoria Road. After carrying out initial consultation earlier this year we now have the architect's designs for the new museum. Keep an eye out on this page for updates on progress.

Arts award supporter logo

Wycombe Museum is an Arts award Supporter

Investing in Volunteers

Wycombe Museum Investing in Volunteers

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Usual opening times

Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 2pm to 5pm
Bank holidays: Closed

Admission to the Museum is free.

Location

Museum address: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP13 6PX

Wycombe Museum is located on Priory Avenue in High Wycombe and is close to the railway station and town centre. If you are driving to Wycombe Museum and using a satellite navigation system, or are using online mapping, the Museum's postcode is HP13 6PX.

You can view the location of Wycombe Museum on My Wycombe.

Accessibility

The ground floor of the Museum is fully accessible. Access to the first floor is limited. A portable induction loop is available to borrow from reception for visitors with hearing difficulties.

Parking

There is a small car park with limited space available at the Museum, which can be accessed from the corner of The Greenway and Priory Avenue. Pay and display parking is available on The Greenway and Priory Avenue.

There is a drop-off area half way up the drive for disabled visitors.

Shop

The Museum shop stocks a selection of merchandise, including a wide range of books.

Venue hire

The Museum has a room for meetings and parties.

  • Learning room full day Monday to Friday £96
  • Learning room half day Monday to Friday £66
  • Learning room full day Saturday £66
  • Learning room half day Saturday £54
  • Learning room half day Sunday £54

All prices are inclusive of VAT

All prices include free use of equipment which can be made available. This includes:

Projector, DVD, flip chart, laptop, carousel slide projector, OHP, flat screen TV, projection screen.

Hire of Museum grounds cost by arrangement.

You can hire the museum for birthday parties for your children, we have two options available. For further information on this please see our birthday parties web page.

Refreshments - cost per person per session

Tea, coffee and biscuits £1.60

Lunch - sandwiches, fruit, crisps and juice £10

Lunch including all tea, coffee and biscuits for day £14

If you would like to provide your own catering, please read the attached information on food safety at the foot of this page.

For further information on availability and to book this room, please contact the Museum on 01494 421 895. To book the Museum for evening hire, please contact the above number to discuss the conditions of hire and your requirements. Conditions of hire, and applications forms, can be found attached below for downloading.

Heritage Lottery Fund grant award

Update 1 August 2013

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) granted £78,000 development funding in 2012 to prepare the way for the proposed expansion and re-location of the Museum to a site adjacent to the Council offices at Queen Victoria Road. This web page will give frequent updates as the project progresses, and will give details of consultations and other events taking place, so please check it regularly for updates and more details.

Volunteers hard at work

Cheered by the news of its success in getting the Investors in Volunteering Award Wycombe Museum staff are hunting for extra volunteer helpers to prepare the museum for change. As featured in the last update, a team has been hard at work twice a week since September 2012 photographing, evaluating and repacking the stored collections to help with the development of story lines for the new museum. A team of six volunteers has also been recruited and trained to carry out simple conservation tasks and will commence work in September. By 1 August 2013 objects have been processed and the combined total of hours worked add up to 1,200 volunteer hours.

Museum designs

Architectural plans for the new museum building were issued by architects Purcell for consultation in July and are currently undergoing modifications as a result of feedback. A draft storyline for the displays was written during June and July and a preliminary list of objects has been selected to begin the process of design work and planning for collections enhancement and conservation work. Gallery designer Dennis Brennan is currently preparing ideas for the layout reflecting the object content, display needs and the approach to labelling.

Trustees

Shadow Trustees for the Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust have now been selected and are actively involved in reviewing plans and processes involved in the museum development. The Trust will manage the museum when it opens and intend to register as a charitable company this autumn. Currently the Chairman Simon Kearey leads a team of four nominees from the High Wycombe Society, Bucks New University, the Risborough Area Partnership and the Marlow Society. An additional two trustees have been appointed by advertisement and interview to bring additional specialist skills to the Trust and more will be added over time up to a maximum total of 11. The Trustees are meeting monthly to review documents and to refine their objectives.

New Museum newsletter

As well as this web page which will give updates on the museum re-location project, there is a museum and arts newsletter published regularly which aims to keep the public up to date with what is happening generally at the museum and in arts activities, as well as with the museum project. You can access it by clicking on the link below, or if you would like to be put on our mailing list to be emailed the newsletter in PDF format, then please contact the museum on museum@wycombe.gov.uk.

Documents to download

Contact information