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Tom Browns School Museum

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The Museum is housed in the 380 year-old schoolroom which was featured in the novel "Tom Brown's School Days", first published in 1857. Author Thomas Hughes was born in Uffington and many of the places described in the book are still visible today. Founded by Thomas Saunders in 1617, the schoolroom was one of the earliest secular schools. It was founded for local boys: the original charter is displayed in the Museum and makes it clear that girls were excluded!

The museum has displays of local history, archaeology, and archives of the surrounding villages, as well as mementoes of Thomas Hughes and the late poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman, who lived in Uffington. The exhibition in the upstairs gallery changes each year, but whatever the topic, the displays are based on the local area. Overlooking the village is the Iron Age hillfort of Uffington Castle, with the world famous White Horse just beneath.

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    By Road:
    A420 Swindon to Oxford road or from Wantage. From either direction follow the brown tourist signs for the White Horse.

    By Bus:
    Buses to Uffington and the White Horse from Faringdon, Wantage and Swindon.

    By Rail:
    Nearest railway station is Swindon.

    Tom Browns School Museum Postcode for SatNav: SN7 7RA


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