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William Smith: The Family Man 2016

With thanks to Oxford University Museum of Natural History who are curating this exhibition, and to Nina Morgan, author of The Geology of Oxford Gravestones, for her help and advice.

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William Smith’s Bicentenary Exhibition 2015

William Smith’s Bicentenary Exhibition March – September 2015
Curated with the help and support of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

2015 was the bicentenary of the publication of Smith’s famous map, and this exhibition which included original maps, diaries and letters, and specially commissioned audio recordings, commemorated his life and work and celebrated his legacy.

Local Farming 2013-14

Peter CrudgeLocal Farming (including audio recordings by Peter Crudge (pictured), Tony Huffer, Roger Shorter, Derek Woods

War Time Exhibition 2011-2012

Under the Government's evacuation plan "Operation Pied Piper", over 50 children were evacuated to Churchill and Sarsden during the war.
This exhibition has now finished but if you are interested in any aspects of it, please contact us.
We have archived the material and oral recordings.
The King in Churchill

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Evacuees arriving at Chipping Norton station

 "Americans are not Englishmen who are different, but foreigners who are rather like us."
Pamphlet issued by the Army Bureau of Current Affairs (1943)   
From 1944, The HQ for CCB Company of 6th Armoured Division, US Army, was based in the grounds of Sarsden House,
and the upper floors of the house itself - the home of Lady Wyfold - became the officers' accommodation.

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Health & Healing in Churchill 2009-2010

A snapshot of the history of medicine in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds
Medical memorabilia and exhibits on the history of diseases, remedies, local doctors, public health and family welfare

health healing

 

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  • "Fantastic, absolutely first class. Most interesting and informative."

  • "Great building, well restored. Charming!"

  • "Very good new interactive displays, very comprehensive."

  • "A fascinating visit. William Smith was a wonderful man! "

  • "Such a wonderful enterprise. The locality should be proud of it."

  • "Beautiful restoration, very nicely done! Unexpected hive of information."

  • "Beautiful setting, very peaceful & informative"

  • "A fascinating display in a very beautiful setting."

  • "What a lovely treat to stumble upon. Thank you for preserving a part of our Heritage"

  • "Excellent to have this centre as a focus for Churchill's history - especially in relation to William Smith."

  • "Lovely spot, so grateful this part of the old church was saved."

  • "Congratulations to all on this initiative.  So well-organised and user-friendly."

  • "A fine chance discovery"