In order to publicise the 175th Anniversay Celebrations, a series of 'pop-up' exhibitions took place before the anniversary weekend. These exhibitions provided a unique opportunity to see in one place the complete collection of information banners which had been produced for the anniversary before being distributed for display at the various events over the celebration weekend.
These exhibitions proved so popular that further displays are taking place, right up until the end of the anniversary year.
Clicking or tapping on these links will allow you to view a large image of the selected banner.
- Introduction to the exhibition roll-up banner
- Opening of the line roll-up banner
- Didcot to Oxford line roll-up banner
- Oxford station roll-up banner
- Radley station roll-up banner
- Culham station roll-up banner
- Appleford station roll-up banner
- Didcot station roll-up banner
Current exhibition venue
7th August to 29th September, 2019 - Pendon Museum, Long Wittenham
The display of banners can be seen in the exhibition room at Pendon Museum which can be found in Long Wittenham. The exhibition is open to view on all museum opening days and includes many items from the collection of the Old Ticket Office at Culham. Information and colouring sheets are available, and GWR souvenirs are on sale with a proportion of the proceeds being donated to Pendon.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 11am - 4pm
Also open on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August 11am - 4pm
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Upcoming exhibition venues and dates
Sunday 13th October, 2018 - Abingdon and Witney College, Abingdon Campus
All the banners will be on display again at the Oxford & District Model Railway Club show, Oxrail2019. See their website for opening times.
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The exhibition on tour
18th June to 31st July, 2019 - Oxfordshire History Centre, Oxford
The exhibition was hosted by Oxfordshire History Centre which is located at St Luke's Church in Temple Road Cowley. The banners could be seen in the main reception and café areas.
25th May to 10th June, 2019 - County Library, Oxford
The exhibition was on display on the second floor of the Oxfordshire County Library in the Westgate Precinct. The banners could be seen during normal library hours, with information sheets available on the enquiry desk at the top of the stairs. This display was a great success, with many people visiting the library specially to see the banners.
Friday 24th May, 2019 - Waitrose, Abingdon
A mini display was mounted at Waitrose in Abingdon alongside their outdoor eating area. We were in attendance and answered many questions, also handing out promotional literature. The weather was kind and the display was of interest to a large number of passers-by.
Tuesday 21st May, 2019 - Culham Science Centre
The display was hosted by the Culham Science Centre in the foyer of their restaurant and coffee shop. They very kindly gave us plenty of advance publicity with posters and an article in 'PULSE' the in-house newsletter, and even added a photo of us to their TWITTER feed. We couldn't have been made more welcome, with many interested visitors and almost 100 leaflets being given out.
Saturday 16th March, 2019 - Abingdon and Witney College, Abingdon Campus
The second model railway show attended was the 2019 exhibition of the Abingdon & District Model Railway Club. We were allocated a slightly smaller space than at Oxrail2018 but, maybe having had some practice, we seemed to squeeze more in. The show was very well attended with numbers apparently up on 2018 and we gave out almost 100 anniversary flyers, with many people saying they were looking forward to the celebrations.
Sunday 14th October, 2018 - Abingdon and Witney College, Abingdon Campus
The first display and stand to help celebrate and publicise the 175th anniversary was at the 2018 exhibition of the Oxford & District Model Railway Club, Oxrail2018. The stand was well placed in the main entrance corridor so everybody had to pass us at least twice. Great interest was shown in both the Old Ticket Office at Culham and the upcoming 175th celebrations with about eighty information packs being handed out. Many people had interesting stories to tell about the line with everybody saying they looked forward to June 2019 when they would visit at least one of the venues.