The brand-new Bampton Heritage Visitor Centre will open to the public on 14 September.
Since 2011, volunteers in Bampton have been working on a project to open a heritage and visitor centre inside the town’s Grade I listed church. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of £23,300 to the project and a further £12,000 was raised from a variety of local sources.
Commenting on the opening, chair of the Bampton Heritage and Visitor Centre team Katrina Munro said “This is a great facility for the whole community and will attract visitors to our town.”
Displays include modern high quality interpretation boards, local artefacts and photos. Themes include the famous Bampton Charter Fair, held on the last Thursday of October every year since 1258, and the Exe Valley railway. A large 1960s model showing the town’s old railway station will be permanently on display.
Nerys Watts, HLF’s Head of South West, said: “Home to around 100 listed buildings and with its long and eventful history, Bampton has a wonderful heritage to be proud of. We were delighted to be able to support the development of the Heritage and Visitor Centre which will ensure that local people and visitors alike will be able to learn about and celebrate Bampton’s past for generations to come.”
Residents and visitors will be able to visit the centre from Wednesday to Sunday to find out local information from the centre’s volunteers.
There will be activities for children inside the centre and guided town trails can also be arranged for groups.
More details can be found on the town’s website www.bampton.org.uk