Housed in the remains of the old medieval church, the Heritage Centre is in a stunning setting overlooking the site of the ‘lost’ village of Churchill, destroyed by fire in 1684.
The 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 eminent sons of the village, Warren Hastings, first Governor-General of India (1732-1818) and geologist William Smith (1769-1839), as well as the part played in the community by the village squire, James Langston (1796-1863), is also displayed on a new touch screen unit.
In 2016, the museum will continue to celebrate the life of William Smith, Father of English Geology, who was born in Churchill, with an exhibition entitled William Smith: The Family Man. After his sister’s death he brought up her children and instilled in them his love of geology – the eldest, John Phillips, eventually became the first keeper of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History who are curating this exhibition. Anne, the only daughter, was her brother’s companion and constant support for 33 years.
Churchill and Sarsden Heritage Centre has a number of children's quizzes, as well as a trail to follow around the village.
The centre also has local and family history records that are digitised and availabe via a laptop.
26 March - 25 September: Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 2 - 4.30pm
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|Open 2020 (26 Mar 2020 - 25 Sept 2020)|