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Leaving aside the treasures to be found in Oxford, that Mecca of museums, there are many intriguing collections to be found near Brightwell. Steam train nostalgia is on offer all the year round at Didcot Railway Centre www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk while Long Wittenham’s Pendon Museum, open weekend afternoons and bank holidays, has an indoor model village and railway, created entirely by volunteers. www.pendonmuseum.com
Wallingford Museum, open from March to November, is housed on two floors of a medieval oak-beamed building in the town’s High Street. Its permanent displays include a walk through time from the Romans and Saxons to the Civil War, with a miniature re-creation of Wallingford Castle; there is also a Victorian street scene with walk-in shop, pub, workshop and workhouse. www.wallingfordmuseum.org.uk
Visitors to Henley, half an hour by car from Brightwell, can see the River and Rowing Museum www.rrm.co.uk. This tells the story of the world-famous Henley Regatta, which has been held at the town since 1839, and has an extensive collection of rowing objects and images.