The Oxford Bus Museum, at the old railway station yard in Long Hanborough since 1984, tells the story of bus and coach travel around Oxfordshire over past last 100 years using historic preserved buses and artefacts. There information on public transport history, bus stops, ticket machines, timetables, posters, and more.
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At first most of the buses operated by Oxford City were built by AEC of Southall. The AEC badge is displayed on the radiators of these buses. Other buses in the collection were built by Bedford (OB), Bristol (VRT), Daimler (Fleetline), Dennis (Loline), Ford (R1040 & Transit), Leyland (Atlantean & Leopard) and Morris. Unusual items in the museum include an early electric powered minibus and a 1920s country bus. On the website is a downloadable PDF file listing all of the buses with their details.
There are other interesting and unique items on display. One is a 1920s tricycle used by postmen for delivery. A Commer Car BM2856 was once owned by Lord Lonsdale who painted his vehicles yellow. He was the founder of the Automobile Association which still uses yellow for its colour today.
The Oxford Bus Museum also houses the Morris Motors Museum. Vintage Morris Motors vehicles are on show, and an exhibition tells how they were produced at Cowley. The collection includes ones produced during William Morris’s life as well as one of his bicycles. William Morris became Lord Nuffield. The museum traces the development of his empire which grew from humble beginnings in a bicycle workshop to become one of the world’s major vehicle manufacturers. Displays illustrate the Cowley plant’s part in the development of Oxford between the two world wars and its part in the daily lives of the Morris workforce.
There is also a collection of vintage bicycles in the museum.
Oxford Bus Museum
Station Yard, Long Hanborough, Witney
On the A4095, OX29 8LA
Tel. 0 1993 883 617 (museum opening hours only) or 0 1296 337 622 (at other times)
Open: Sun, Wed, BH, 10.30am-4.30pm; also on Sat from May-Sep; closed last two weeks Dec
Shop and snacks on premises
Web: Oxford Bus Museum
Insider Tip: Allow at least three hours–or more if possible—to thoroughly take in everything in the museum.
Text and photos © by Barbara Ballard