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Marlow Town Mayor Cllr Richard Scott re-opened the Marlow Museum on Saturday 5 September 2020 after nearly 6 months of its closure due to Corona virus.

The Stewards are ready to welcome visitors to attend FOR FREE.


The museum opening times are:

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

Nov-Feb: Sundays 2-4pm


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


We can also open by special appointment for groups, schools, etc.


Admission is Free


The procedures for operating safely in the current circumstances, are:

  •  asking volunteers and visitors to wear masks and use hand sanitiser,
  •  a one-way system and social distancing,
  •  no more than 4 visitors in the museum at once,
  •  and track and trace recording.


 We look forward to seeing you at the Museum. Please follow the Stewards’ instructions. Thank you.



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.




Marlow Museum has been nominated for the Heart of Bucks - Peoples Choice Award. You can view all organisations nominated and vote here. Voting closes on 4th October.





Featuring some of our artefacts or stories, this section will grow over time.


One by one we bring forward an object and tell you its provenance or an interesting story about it.


Do let us know by email what you think. 


Mike Hyde, Chairman.



Objects in Focus - Yellow French Post Box



Have you ever wondered or even noticed the bright yellow French Post Box on the wall of the Marlow Museum? How did it get there, why is it there and what is it used for?


It is a long story, but very interesting and patriotic. Taking the last question first (why not) the post box is the means of passing post or messages to the Museum. We use it as our incoming mail point as we do not have a letterbox in or by the door. The Leisure Centre often took our mail for us but that was not always convenient and any papers slipped under our door were often wet or dirty. So we needed a proper letter box. In the museum we already had this French Post Box so we decided, why not use it? We regularly check it for content and it provides a talking point as well as promoting Marlow’s association with Marly le Roi at Town Twinning. We are also twinned with Buda (of Budapest) in Hungary but that’s another story (no post box yet!).


So to the story of the yellow box. In about 1990 Dennis Sargeant of MTTA asked Marly le Roi Deputy Mayor, Patrick Gautier Lynham, a good friend and regular visitor to our town, for some help concerning a float they were organising for the September Carnival in Marlow. Patrick kindly arranged for a scale 1 replica of one of Marly’s famous horses (you may have seen a picture of them in the Liston Hall) to come to Marlow. Their travel was another story on its own.


In 1992 to thank Marly and Patrick for this assistance a red British Telephone Box was acquired by MTTA and taken to France. Two years later the Marlow Town Mayor at the time, Cllr Maurice Oram, a past postman, suggested to Patrick that the British telephone box really needed a red British Post Box for company. Not surprisingly one was supplied. At that time arrangements were being made to ‘twin’ the Marly and Marlow postal staff.  A few months later a group of Marly le Roi French Postmen came to Marlow and presented a yellow French Post Box to their British colleagues in Marlow.


So that’s how this bright yellow box came to be here. Once the Marlow Museum was opened 11 years ago, what better place to home it and put it to good use than at the museum.


BUT please do not put your letters or postcards in it wherever they are addressed to, as they will not go far. There is a red post box on the Causeway which if not as attractive as our yellow box, will ensure proper despatch and delivery.



Both the red post box and the red telephone box were in use outside the Hotel De Ville (the Town Hall) in Marly le Roi until the French Government abandoned the use of all public telephone boxes. So Marly then converted the red telephone box to an English Book Library (Biblocabine) which is very popular and moved both the telephone box and the post box to prominent positions in their newly renovated modern market area. In 2014 Marly le Roi celebrated their 50th anniversary as a town twinning association with Leichlingen, Germany. Marlow’ 50th anniversary with Marly le Roi will be in 2022.




This is number 12 of Objects in Focus


More of our Objects in Focus can be viewed here



The Marlow Museum presents a Photography Exhibition entitled


MARLOW IN WINTER – Past and Present


 The display of photos, from the 1890s until today, includes many lent by Michael Eagleton and Barrie Lea. Thank you also to all who responded to our request for your photos; these further enhance the exhibition.



.. more information


Over the next few months the Marlow Museum at Court Garden, Pound Lane, Marlow SL72AE is open Sundays 2-4pm FREE.


If you are out for a walk in the park why not call in to see us and the exhibition. Note that the well received exhibition– The Story of Marlow (5,000 years) - is still on


Mike Hyde, Chairman Marlow Museum.



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.



Some Current Displays:


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



Marlow in Winter - an additional pictorial display - 1st December to end of February.

The photos are quite stunning when seen all together, and it’s really very interesting to see Marlow in its winter clothes. The picture above shows less than a quarter of the display.

.. more information

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


Activities and Events:


A list of some of our events in 2020 can be viewed here ...



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



Volunteers' coffee & cakes - for current volunteers and anybody wishing to find out about being a volunteer at Marlow Museum. 

- Enjoy finding out about your local area?

- Want to know what happened here in the past?

- Like talking to people and making new friends?

.... Our Volunteer Stewards do too.


Call in for a chat with coffee and cake on

Sat 7th March 2020 - 10am­-12noon in All Saints Church Hall, The Causeway.

or email us:



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


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 ...



 Marlow Remembers WW1

With the conclusion of WW1 in 1919 our regular Great War display updated every quarter has now ceased. Nevertheless Records of the deceased are still held in the museum for reference.

Their stories and that of the battles and the Home Front featured in an exhibition called "Marlow and The Great War - Finale". This was held on Saturday 8 June 2019 at the All Saints Church Hall on the Causeway, Marlow. 11.00-16.00. Entry was Free. The records and findings of 5 years of research by members of the Association were available to see.


The Marlow Remembers WW1 Association has been 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


 From Sept 2017 to Mar 2018  the feature display was

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



 The museum was open for everyone two Friday evenings, celebrating 'The Story of Marlow' with musical entertainment:


Friday 21st June 2019 7-9pm- we were open with musical entertainment by The Wycombe Steel Orchestra.


Friday 28th June 2019 7-9pm - Marlow’s very own Club Django provided their unique take on the vintage music of the Hot Club de France with the marvellous jazz tunes of Django Reinhardt & Stefan Grappelli.


view/download poster (.pdf)



The AGM was held on Thursday 13 June 2019 at 7.30pm in the Garden Room, Liston Hall, Marlow.

All Members, Friends, Supporters of the Museum were invited to attend.


 2019 AGM talk The short meeting was followed by an illustrated talk by
Jacqueline Roberts of local charity SV2G on George Alexander Gratton ('The Spotted Boy' in the painting in Marlow's Parish Church) and St Vincent.

Drinks & nibbles were available throughout the evening. Suggested donation £5 per person.


...more information



On Sunday 17th Sept 2017 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



 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



 On Sat 9th September 2017 this exhibition moved to the Marlow Bottom Community Event in Marlow Bottom Village Hall and then to the Marlow Bottom Methodist Church.


The Story of Marlow Bottom – from Tin Town to Des Res. The exhibition compiled by valley residents and designed by the Marlow Museum tells the fascinating story over centuries of how the once open countryside and farmland became an important residential area with shops, church, school and businesses. Entry is Free and 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



 Sat 24th June 2017 - Ice Cream was made, the Victorian way, at the museum. Free demonstrations 1pm - 5pm.




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