Your county needs you, says soldiers’ trust

Bill Birch Reynardson presents a WWI Christmas box to Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum director Ursula Corcoran inside Ditchley House.
Bill Birch Reynardson presents a WWI Christmas box to Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum director Ursula Corcoran inside Ditchley House.
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Residents of Bicester can play an active role in preserving their families’ military heritage through the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust’s new Friends Organisation.

The trust is building its own dedicated museum in the grounds of the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock, which should be finished by the end of the year.

The new Friends Organisation, which was launched with an event at Ditchley Park, will get involved with everything from helping run the museum office to researching stories.

Museum director Ursula Corcoran was presented with a ‘Christmas box from 1914’ by Oxfordshire Second World War veteran Bill Birch Reynardson (pictured) at the launch.

With the centenary of the Great War approaching, the museum will be a natural home for such objects, where they can be cared for and shared with a wider audience.

Contact the trust on 01993 813832 to get involved.