Wycombe Museum offers talks from our knowledgeable Curator and volunteers on a broad range of topics relevant to the Museum’s collection, as well as some seasonal themes. Also available are our Tasting Histories – drink tasting events accompanied by light historical talks about the drinks. Switch between the tabs below to browse and find out more about the Tasting History & talks we offer.

Why not book a member of our team to deliver a talk to your club or group?

We offer talk on the following subjects:

  • Chairmaking in the Chilterns
  • A History of Wycombe in 10 Objects
  • Mysteries of Castle Hill House
  • Behind the Scenes at Wycombe Museum
  • A Brush with Art
  • A Victorian Christmas
  • Pancakes and Easter Eggs – Celebrating Easter and Spring

All talks last for around 45 to 50 minutes with time for questions.

The cost of our talks is £90 plus travel (if we come to you) or £90 plus room hire (if you come to us). All talks depend on our speakers’ availability.

To make an enquiry about our talks, or to book, please email info@wycombemuseum.org.

Our ever-popular light-hearted drinks-based talks, ideal for your group or corporate event. Prices include either travel to you (within 3 miles of Wycombe Museum) or the use of our events room (seats up to 60 people). All tasting histories last for around 2 hours. If your group size is smaller than the minimum stated, please contact us for bespoke pricing information.

To make an enquiry about any of our talks or tasting histories, or to book, please email info@wycombemuseum.org

Adults only. No under 18s allowed at these events. Please leave your car at home.


A Tasting History of Gin

Explore and experience the fascinating history of gin, from glamour to the gutter and back to glitz again. From Dutch courage and gin palaces to the modern gin revival, if you enjoy gin, this evening could be just the tonic for you! Gently stirred (but not shaken) into the mix will be canape-sized talks on gin history.

This event includes 6 single measures of gin per person and tonic water. The gins are likely to include:

  • A London Dry
  • An Old Tom
  • A spiced style
  • A floral style
  • A locally made gin
  • An additional historic style of gin

£25 per person. Minimum booking 26 people. If you would like to discuss a bespoke gins package, let us know.


A History of Wycombe in 7 Drinks

A merry experience of local history and drinking presented through seven artefacts and seven historic-style drinks. A real taste of history, from prehistory to the modern day. Ideal for groups wanting to taste a range of different drinks.

This event includes tasting glasses of:

  • ‘Prehistoric’ and Victorian styles of beer
  • A modern English white wine
  • A red wine made from a grape variety that goes back to the ancient Romans
  • A historic style of gin
  • Mead
  • Port

£24 per person. Minimum booking 24 people.


Beers, Bevvies and Brewing – A World History of Beer

Our original and ever-popular tasting history. Fun beer facts and fun history. Discover why beer was historically considered to be an essential part of a balanced diet and why all civilised societies owe their very existence to beer.

The event includes tasting measures of 6 different beers, most of which are made by local breweries. The pricing and types of beers will depend on the size of your group. Please contact us with numbers for accurate pricing.

Usually around £17-£20 per person. Minimum 24 people.

Online Talks

When COVID-19 meant that we were all spending more time at home, the Wycombe Museum team delivered short versions of a number of our talks online for free. You can view recordings of those talks here.

These recordings were made possible thanks to funding form Arts Council England.

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