A History of Wycombe in 10 Objects

Permanent Displays

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. .

Women of Wycombe: 1940s

Open until mid-June 2020


This exhibition came about because of some time spent sorting through our collection stores. When going through our collection, we found lots of fantastic items that are not being seen by our visitors. We chose to showcase the 1940s after finding a box of women’s clothing that we absolutely loved and thought deserved to be in the spotlight.

From the start of World War 2 there were huge changes to women’s working lives. They were no longer only working in the home, but were also doing war work, such as joining the armed services, working on the land, in factories or in transport. This exhibition gives a taste of those women’s lives.


Beer, Bacon Badgers and Bhajis

Local foods through history and today

Permanent Displays

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!