Bampton Community Archive
Founded in 2001, Bampton Community Archive was set up to gather historical and contemporary records and information about Bampton and its surrounding villages.
We are based in the Old Grammar School, Bampton, itself an extraordinary inheritance for the village from the will of a local wool merchant in 1635, who left money for the construction of the building and an endowment for the running of a school.
The Archive has over 3000 photographs, documents, sound and video recordings, including extremely early records and contemporary recordings from our older residents recalling their experiences of the early 20th century. Many can be viewed on our touch- screen computer system.
The Archive presents three exhibitions per year, ranging from a display of artefacts dug up in the area, to a photographic record of the pillboxes constructed along the Thames during the second world war.
We work closely with local schools and other organisations to increase awareness of local history within the community. Our website can be found on www.bamptonarchive.co.uk
The Archive is open on Monday from 2.30 to 4.30, Wednesday from 10 to 12 noon, Thursday 2.30 to 4.30, Saturday 10.00 to 12.00 noon and Sunday 2.30 to 4.30