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Marlow Museum
Marlow Bridge and All Saints Church

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Marlow Museum


From November to February the museum is open Sunday 2pm - 4pm.



Marlow Museum - An interesting and informative selection of displays and exhibits providing an insight to the history of this beautiful and historic town and the surrounding area. Admission is free. The Marlow Museum is handy to the town centre, Court Garden Leisure Centre, Higginson Park and the Pound Lane car park.




As well as the permanent displays, there are feature displays that are changed to something new every few months. Our past displays have included: General Higginson, 20 Women of Marlow, Borlase, Lace Making, Marlow Donkey, Natural History of the River, Little Marlow, Archaeology.


In school holidays there are often special activities for children, some of which continue throughout the summer.



The museum opening times are:

Nov-Feb: Sundays 2-4pm

Mar-Oct: Saturdays 1-5pm, Sundays 1-5pm, Wednesdays 2-5pm.


We will aim to open as many Bank Holidays (Mar-Oct) as we can 2-5pm.

and by special appointment for groups, schools, etc.


Admission is Free


COVID has not gone away but Volunteer staff are in attendance to assist you.


The procedures for operating safely are:


Please do NOT enter if you have signs of Covid

or you have recently been in touch with someone who has Covid or is isolating. 


Can we ask you please to wear masks and to use the hand sanitiser when entering the museum.


The room is quite small so take your time and keep a reasonable distance.


You can still use the NHS QR app to register your attendance or provide details on the sheet.


Museum staff regularly clean all surfaces that are touched or handled just in case of contamination.


 The museum is an independent local amenity. It is a Registered Charity run entirely by Volunteers.


We look forward to seeing you at the Museum. We hope you have an interesting visit - please ask if you need advice on an object or assistance.


Please follow the Stewards’ instructions. Thank you.


We also hope you enjoy our Objects in Focus section ( select here ).


The continuation of the museum is dependent on donations - if you are able to help there is more information here. Our very best wishes to all.




The current feature display is -

The Story of Marlow

From Prehistoric Times to the Present Day.

 The Story of Marlow


Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Marlow Museum.


.. more information



20 years of Archaeology


From 14th November at the museum, the newly formed Marlow Archaeology Group (formerly MAS and AIM) are presenting an exhibition of their past projects and future plans, entitled ‘20 years of Archaeology’. This will be featured alongside the ‘Story of Marlow’. Do call in to see them both.



Looking for Gifts?

- or an interesting read for yourself.

Our booklets from recent exhibitions might make a good, easily-posted gift to a friend who used to live in Marlow. There’s quite a choice now.


- Rebels, Royals and Community Champions - Twenty women who left their mark on Marlow - £3.

- Travellers Tales, with Marlow connections - £4.50.

- Hidden Bisham - £4.

- A stroll Around Marlow - Then and Now - £4.

- From Tin Town to Des Res - The Story of Marlow Bottom - £4.50.

- The Story of Marlow - £4.50

- Marlow Stories (for children) - £2.00


Available from the Museum, along with other interesting Marlow history publications.

- please see above for opening times



Annual General Meeting of the CIO on Thurs 5 August at 15:00 by Zoom

- more info here





20 Articles featuring some of our artefacts or stories, where we bring forward an object and tell you its provenance or an interesting story about it.


Our Objects in Focus can be viewed here


Some examples:

from Marlow Cottage Hospital

an 18th Century Model Kitchen


View our Objects in Focus




Activities and Events:



Midsomer Murders Trail - in and around MarlowThe Visit Buckinghamshire organisation have put together a 17 mile Visit Midsomer Marlow trail in and around Marlow, taking in a range of the picturesque settings used in the filming of the TV series Midsomer Murders.

Why not start your tour from the Marlow Museum where you can pick up the trail leaflet.

.. download the trail (pdf 1.4Mb)



Activities for Children at Marlow Museum

some of our dressing up outfits.

(Thank you to the Knight's able assistant for the photo)

.. more information




The Museum and Buckinghamshire Lottery

 We get 50% of the value of tickets sold from our Buckinghamshire Lottery page (used to be Wycombe Lotto).

.. more information and to Buy Tickets


Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)


Year 2021 is a turning point in the history of the Marlow Museum.


Registered Charity 1129346, the charity the museum started with, was Closed at the AGM on 21 June 2021.


 The museum is now registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) No.1187853 with the first Annual General Meeting of the CIO on Thurs 5 August at 1500 by Zoom. All members of the Marlow Museum Centre Project are invited to attend.


Nominations of volunteers as Trustees, Officers and Committee plus any Motions for discussion should be sent to the Secretary. 


We hope that by 2022 all members’ meetings will be held live in Marlow.


Members will be pleased to note that the museum is working towards Accreditation over the next 2/3 years.

This will bring a number of benefits to the operation of the museum...... and a lot of hard work.     


Some Past Events:


Below are a selection of our past events and displays in recent years.


You can view more details of our past events here ...



 On Sunday 25th July 2021, Marlow Museum took part in Buckinghamshire Culture Week with

  • 'Mary Shelley's' tour of Marlow (over 12s only, limited places, £10 each)  3.45pm.
  • Story time for the under 12s, outside the museum.  from 4pm.
  • A small exhibition about Mary Shelley


Details here... (pdf)


Our 2021 Annual General Meeting was held via zoom on Monday 21st June 2021 at 3pm.


More information, including the Chairman's Report for the past year, can be found here ...


 Marlow Remembers WW1

A Great War display featured in the museum between 2014 and 2019; it was updated every quarter.

Records of the deceased are still held in the museum for reference.


The Marlow Remembers WW1 Association was selected by the British Association of Local History for the 2019 Research and Publication Award - for the publication and display: From Beer to Bombs.

.. more information

A past event- Information booklet currently available


 Marlow Then & Now.

This exhibition displayed history highlights of the area of Marlow within walking distance of the museum.

The accompanying booklet is available to purchase at the museum: 'A Stroll Round Marlow Then and Now', complete with the route to take in all the sites featured.

.. more information



A past event:

Marlow Museum was bedecked with examples of Marlow Lace with up to 3 lady demonstrators working on their lace pillows with bobbins.


Expert Pamela Johnson, a regular Steward at the museum, was on hand to speak to the scores of visitors, many of whom went on to visit the museum itself. People came from far and wide and were reminded of the very fine craft the was carried out in South Bucks.


A film show on the subject was displayed in the museum and descriptive leaflets were available. Some examples of local lace are on display in the museum.

... more pictures



A past event: 

 Marlow Ukelele Band entertains at Marlow Museum

The Marlow Ukulele Band were playing a wide range of favourite songs on Sat 5th August 2017 at 3pm and Sat 9th September at 3pm. This created a musical and lively atmosphere, much enjoyed by visitors to the museum.

... more pictures



A past event - Information booklet currently available:

 The Story of Marlow Bottom – from Tin Town to Des Res. The exhibition compiled by valley residents and designed by the Marlow Museum told the fascinating story over centuries of how the once open countryside and farmland became an important residential area with shops, church, school and businesses. A booklet (revised and expanded second edition) covering the story with pictures is available to purchase. Greetings Cards featuring the Valley are also available.


.. more information


A past event:


 Ice Cream was made, the Victorian way, at the museum.




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Marlow Museum location


Marlow Museum,
by entrance to Court Garden Leisure Centre,
Pound Lane, Marlow,
SL7 2AE.



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