We aim to collect one mile of £1.00 coins which, laid flat around the Downton Abbey Location Tour in Bampton, will raise an astonishing £71,527.00 towards our total. So far our fundraising efforts have raised over £50,000 and if we can achieve our ‘mile’ then this will open doors to some help from historic and heritage building grants and donations. Your £1 is very much appreciated. Please tell all your friends about the appeal to help us reach our target and post a selfie on this site!
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The Bampton Community Archive has occupied the Vesey Room next to the library in the Old Grammar School in Church Close for more than ten years. It houses three exhibitions a year on aspects of village history. The latest, a fascinating history of Bampton Castle.
The Old Grammar School was built for and given to the village by Robert Vesey in the 17th century. It is still in the ownership of the trust set up by him at the time. In the 1960s, the top floor of the building was declared unsafe for public use and the staircase removed and it has since deteriorated.
It has long been a dream of the Archive to raise money to restore the top floor of the building as its long term home. It is also planned to use the space to create an exhibition telling the story of the filming of Downton Abbey in Bampton. This will hopefully provide an even more exciting experience for visitors from around the world who come here as a result of Bampton’s involvement in the series as well as for local people. Beyond the restoration of a major village asset, we hope to provide a beautiful room for you to use for events of many kinds.