Museums and Groups in Buckinghamshire

There are plenty of ways to get involved with the history and archaeology of Buckinghamshire. Why not visit a museum or join an archaeological society?

Many Portable Antiquities Scheme finds can be seen on display at museums around the county (see the links that accompany the descriptions below).


Buckinghamshire County Museum

The County Museum was founded by the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society in the mid-19th century

The museum looks after a large collection of archaeological objects gathered from all around Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes over the last 150 years. Many Portable Antiquities Scheme finds are on display in the museum such as the Princes Risborough silver crucifix (BH-A90652) and the Lenborough coin hoard (BUC-7FE6F2).

Buckingham Old Gaol Museum

Buckingham Old Gaol Museum houses objects from Buckinghamshire dating from prehistory to the Second World War.

Chiltern Open Air Museum

The Museum’s primary collection is its historic buildings.  However, it also has a collection of over 5000 artefacts which help provide context for the buildings.

Milton Keynes Museum

The museum is located in Stacey Hill Farm, an original Victorian Farmstead on the edge of Wolverton. The museum holds an extensive social history collection including a transport gallery and a communications gallery. The museum is currently going through an expansion with two new galleries being created, one focusing on ancient Milton Keynes.

Pitstone Green Museum

The Archaeology display is located in one of the alcoves of the Big Barn. The archaeological collection consists of items recovered by the Pitstone Local History Society during the 1960s and 1970s.

Wycombe Museum

Wycombe Museum explores the history of Wycombe District and its surrounding areas through hands-on galleries.

Societies & Organisations

Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society

Local Archaeological Society based at Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury.

Young Archaeologist’s Club, Aylesbury Branch

Aylesbury YAC is open to anyone aged from 8 to 16 years. The club usually meets once a month on a Saturday morning in Aylesbury.

A list of all archaeological and local history societies in Buckinghamshire is maintained by Buckinghamshire County Council here.