Bucks in 100 Objects

Can you help tell the story of the place we call home? Find out how to send us your nomination below.

Buckinghamshire has a rich collection of artefacts dating back over 300,000 years held in Museums, stores, archives, National Trust properties, stately homes, landscapes and gardens across the county.  Taken together these objects tell the story of Buckinghamshire.  And there are even more objects which help to define us and tell our story – many of these might be sitting in our high streets, riverbanks or in people’s work places – or even hospitals.

Buckinghamshire Culture has created an online campaign in response to Covid-19 that feeds into a larger project idea to develop the story of Bucks in 100 Objects.  Eventually, we want to create an exhibition, publication, county trails and a website sharing the wonderful objects and heritage that can be found across Bucks, but for now we want to use this idea to develop connection, a sense of community and local pride.  We have asked a handful of proud Buckinghamshire residents to nominate objects they would like to see included in the final 100 and will be sharing these via social media, inviting further nominations and discussion.

Eventually, we hope to hold a public vote to help decide the final 100 objects. This is just the beginning… follow the conversation on Twitter #Bucks100

Bucks in 100 Objects Nominations

Roald Dahl’s Writing Chair

Nominated by Kim Osborne, Marketing and Design Producer at the Roald Dahl Museum


Nominated by Bill Morris LVO, Co-Chair of Buckinghamshire Culture.

Grave of William Penn

Nominated by Julius Weinberg, Co-Chair of Buckinghamshire Culture

Boarstall Cartulary

Nominated by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord-Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire

Lenborough Hoard

Nominated by Rachael Shimmin, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Council

Science & Victory Pamphlet

Nominated by Vicky Hope-Walker, Director of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust

University of Buckingham Mace

Nominated by Dean Jones, Partnerships and Outreach Manager and Mace Bearer

Lions, Aylesbury Market Square

Nominated by Ann Alphonse, Trustee of Bucks County Museum

Cliveden House

Nominated by Gabby Logan MBE, Television Presenter

Gardeners Scything in the Wilderness

Nominated by Milly Soames DL, Friend of Bucks County Museum

All Saints Church, Wootton Underwood

Nominated by Cherie and Tony Blair

Image courtesy of John Salmon

Mechanical Elephant

Nominated by Councillor Richard Scott, Chairman of Buckinghamshire Council

Amersham Martyrs Memorial

Nominated by Dick Vardy

Buckingham’s Mayoral Chain

Nominated by Cllr Mark Cole JP, Mayor of Buckingham 2019/2020

The Tawny Owl

Nominated by Denise Lewis OBE, Olympic Medallist and Broadcaster

Beaconsfield 12 Poplars

Nominated by Eddie Obeng, Educator | Motivational Speaker | Innovator | Author | Digital Pioneer

Golden Ball, St Lawrence Church

Nominated by Councillor Patrick Hogan, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Culture

White Hill, A40 Road

Nominated by Andrew Wyllie CBE, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, 2019

The Beech Trees

Nominated by Dr Michael Mosley, Medical Broadcaster and Author

Lambourne Golf Club

Nominated by Sir Clive Woodward, England’s Winning Rugby World Cup Coach

Waterfall Geometric Mural

Nominated by Teakster, Buckinghamshire-based Artist

A Pint of Chiltern Ale

Nominated by Chris Wozencroft, Forensic Civil Engineer

The River Chess

Nominated by Matt Writtle, photographer

Image from “The River Meadow at the Pile of Stones” by Matt Writtle, copyright 2020

Waddesdon Manor

Nominated by Hannah Rothschild

Bell Tower at Boveney Church

Nominated by Philip Sheppard, award-winning film, television and video game composer, producer, virtuoso cellist, inventor.

Windsor Chair

Nominated by Greta Paa-Kerner, Head of Business Engagement, on behalf go Bucks New University.

Congress of Berlin Fan

Nominated by Robert Bandy, House and Collections Manager, on behalf of Hughenden.

Wheelback Windsor Chair

Nominated by Catherine Grigg, Curator, on behalf of Wycombe Museum.

First Waddesdon Parish Register

Nominated by Tony Sargeant, Honourary Secretary, on behalf of the Bucks Family History Society.

Castle Hill House

Nominated by Keith Spencer.

Grave of George Alexander Gratton

Nominated by Mary Tebje

Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal

Nominated by Catherine Turnbull-Ross

Charles Frohman Memorial

Nominated by Sarah Campbell, Vice-Chair of the Marlow Town Regatta and Festival

Wycombe’s Centaur

Nominated by Jackie Kay

Bridego Bridge

Nominated by Darrell Foster Kirsop

Marlow Bridge

Nominated by Geoff Wood of the Marlow Society Executive Committee

The Red Lion

Nominated by Simon Kearey on behalf of the Red Lion Restoration and Supporter Group

George III Snuff Box

Nominated by Ian Beckett on behalf of the Bucks Military Museum Trust

Keach’s Meeting House

Nominated by David Noy

Coral Root in Rectory Wood, Amersham

Nominated by Marian Borrows

Coke Monument

Nominated by Harvey Whittam, Chairman of the Stoke Poges Society

The Swan

Nominated by Emma McGrath

‘The Country Now’ Poster by Claire Leighton

Nominated by Paul Mainds, Member, Chilterns Conservation Board

Marsworth Lion Jaw

Nominated by Sue Shave, Museum Director for Bucks County Museum

Hannah Ball’s Clock

Nominated by Christine Clark

Piper’s ‘Palladian Bridge’

Nominated by Sarah Gray on behalf of the Bucks Garden Trust Council.

Chepping Wycombe Map

Nominated by Bob Hill, volunteer for Wyombe Museum

Bucks Bobbin Lace

Nominated by Della Fitzgerald, Secretary for Marlow Museum

Dorton Iron Age Mirror

Nominated by Mike Farley

Getty Library, Wormsley

Nominated by Nicolas Oakley, Trustee of Bucks County Museum Trust

Gray’s Monument

Nominated by Shae Hullait

Stoke Park Golf Club

Nominated by Maggie Scott

Straw Splitter

Nominated by Veronica Main, Straw Plaiter and Hat Industry Historian

Stoke Common, Stoke Poges

Nominated by Geoff Cox

Milton’s Cottage

Nominated by The Rt. Hon. Earl Howe

Aylesbury Duck

Nominated by Pam Noden

Puddingstone Quern

Nominated by Jill Eyers

Bucks Herald 1914

Nominated by Katherine Gwyn, Senior Community Outreach and Projects Archivist for Buckinghamshire Archives

St Giles Churchyard

Nominated by David Kneller, Treasurer of the Middle Thames Archaeological and Historical Society

Chenies Manor House

Nominated by Ginny Lemarie

Caldecotte Ichthyosaur

Nominated by Dr Michael Oates, Geologist and founder member of Bucks Geology Group

Benedict Lee Memorial

Nominated by Deborah Conway Read

Red Oak, Burnham Park

Nominated by Viv Nicholas

Illustration by Pamela Taylor

Image copyright: Victoria & Albert Museum

Penn Tile

Nominated by Sheila Borwick with words by Liz Chalmers

Hambleden Church Font

Nominated by Councillor Chris Whitehead

Silver Pocket Watch

Nominated by Arwen Wood, Finds Liaison Officer for Buckinghamshire

Dancersend Nature Reserve

Nominated by Mick Jones MBE, Volunteer Warden

Ellen Margaret de Fraine Shield

Nominated by Alison Deuchars, Office and Service Delivery Manager for BucksVision

Stoke Poges Memorial Garden

Nominated by Franzi Cheeseman, Head Gardener for the Memorial Garden, and Roger Askew, President of the Stoke Poges Society

Chesham Old Boot Factory

Nominated by Rob Levine

Hampden House

Nominated by Emma van Breukelen

Halton Aircraft Apprentice Scheme

Nominated by Min Larkin CBE MRAeS, Archivist RAF Halton

Aylesbury Fonts

Nominated by Sue Wright of The Arts Society, Vale of Aylesbury

Queens Park Arts Centre

Nominated by Joan Law

Middle Claydon Fire Engine

Nominated by Nicholas Verney

Kings Wood

Nominated by a Bucks College Group Student

Swiss Gravestone in Quainton

Nominated by Mike Howgate

The Halton Trenches

Nominated by Francis Hansford, Curator of the Trenchard Museum at RAF Halton

Cowper’s Summer House, Olney

Nominated by Tony Seward, former Chair of Trustees at Cowper & Newton Museum

The King’s Head, Aylesbury

Nominated by Terry Bloxham, Hon Secretary of the Bucks Historical Association

Hartwell House

Nominated by Daisy Killick, student at Bucks College Group

Waddesdon Manor Gardens

Nominated by Jennifer, Ellie, Jenna and Amelia, students at Bucks College Group

Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Nominated by Jasmine, student at Bucks College Group

Bucks College Group Badge

Nominated by Ellie Mae Woodward, student at Bucks College Group

Boer War Memorial

Nominated by Emmie Herron, student at Bucks College Group

Earthly Messenger

Nominated by Suzie McGrath, student at Bucks College Group

Olney Hymns, 1779

Nominated by The Revd Andrew Pritchard-Keens, Rector of St. Peter and St. Paul, Olney

Pann Mill Watermill

Nominated by Jacqui Hogan

The Manor Court

Nominated by Colin Veysey – Editor, Director, Designer of HP16 The Source

Light Pyramid

Nominated by Claire de Carle on behalf of Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust

The Memorial Gardens, Old Amersham

Nominated by Michelle Catanach

If you have an object that you wish to nominate

Email nominations directly to lallie@buckinghamshireculture.org – each nomination must include:         

  • An image or a video of the object that you feel is important to Buckinghamshire’s story – ideally images should be 1080 x 1920 pixels and no bigger than 4MB,
  • Up to 500 words providing a description of the object, what Buckinghamshire means to you, and why this object is important, this will be posted on our website with your object image. 

To be considered as one of the 100 objects, nominations must be for:

  • Physical objects within Bucks,
  • Objects that hold some kind of heritage, cultural or community value,
  • Be available to be photographed/videoed if not actually on display
  • Objects must be suitable for people of all ages.