History of the Heritage Centre
"Small, but perfectly formed" Country Life
Possibly the smallest museum in Oxfordshire, the Heritage Centre is
placed in a stunning setting overlooking the site of the ‘lost’
village of Churchill,
destroyed by fire in 1684.
THE EARTH AND THE EMPIRE:
WHAT A COTSWOLD VILLAGE GAVE TO THE WORLD
building may be only 15' by 30' but its ancient walls contain state
of the art
technology, with touch screens telling the remarkable stories of two
played in the community by the village squire, James Langston
displayed on a new touch screen unit.
The old medieval village church fell into disrepair after the
new All Saints' Church was built in 1826 in the centre of the
village. Although the chancel was retained and used as a
mortuary chapel and to house the memorials, its condition
deteriorated and demolition was threatened in the 1980s.
A Preservation Society
was formed in 1988 to fight for its survival as the last medieval
building in Churchill and, thanks to fund-raising and grants, over
£30,000 was spent to restore the roof and building.
The Heritage Centre
opened in 2001 in the restored chancel. In 2010, it was
awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to enable work on the
maintenance of the building, enhance the displays and extend the
projects of the centre. The Centre is also being supported by
grants from West Oxfordshire District Council and Friends of the
Cotswolds, for which the management committee is extremely grateful.
The Centre re-opened
in April 2011 with touch screen displays, new exhibits and exciting
plans for wider public engagement. The 2012 season attracted a
record number of visitors and we continue to work on our audience
From our guest book
"A fascinating display
in a very beautiful setting."
restoration, very nicely done! Unexpected hive of information."
all on this initiative. So well-organised and user-friendly."
good new interactive displays, very comprehensive."
"Fantastic, absolutely first class. Most interesting and
little gem I didn't know existed."
"Such a wonderful
enterprise. The locality should be proud of it."
haven't we been here earlier? We shall certainly return!"
"Excellent to have this centre as a focus for Churchill's history -
especially in relation to William Smith."
"Great building, well