hope you'll come and visit us soon.
The Heritage Centre will open
on Sunday 22nd March until 27th September (weekends).
. William Smith, Father
of English Geology, was born in Churchill in 1769 and we are
delighted to commemorate the bicentenary of his famous geological
map of England and Wales by unveiling a plaque marking Smith's
birthplace. This will take place on Sunday 22 March at 12
The plaque is to be placed on
the wall in front of Spring Cottage, Junction Road.
Professor Hugh Torrens, the
foremost expert on William Smith, will be our guest of honour.
We have been working with the
Oxford University Museum of Natural History to commemorate this
bicentenary and they are
curating a special 2015 exhibition in the Heritage Centre, which
will incorporate Smith's diaries and letters.
Audio recordings will give the
background to the story of the famous map and explain how the
William Smith collection came
to be archived in the museum in Oxford.
This is a significant
partnership and we are delighted to be celebrating the heritage of
the villages of Churchill and Sarsden with this important focus on
William Smith in 2015.
Ralph Mann's lucid history of Churchill and Sarsden
describes the parish's long and surprisingly rich past.
Four walking trails in and around the villages of Churchill
& Sarsden. Richly illustrated with photographs,
geological data, details of William Smith village
connections and local history.