Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre
The Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre, located within St Michael and All Angels Church, opened in the autumn of 2013, supported by local fund-raising and a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund.
April to September - Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 3pm
October to March - Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am to 3pm
Heritage Centre: News of 'Buildings Project':
Download booklet: "Our Buildings" - here
* Latest Annual Report 2018 - here
Occasionally these opening hours may be changed due to church services. If you are travelling and would like to confirm that the Centre will definitely be open on a given date, please phone Katrina on 01398 332486 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
We may also be able to open the Centre at other times for groups or by arrangement.
GUIDED TOWN TRAILS - monthly, or for small groups by arrangement - details here.
The next Trails are scheduled for:
Download "Family Town Trail and Quiz" - here
A new version of our Town Trail video is now available here
A new booklet on local walks you can do for yourself will be available soon. See local walks.
Above: The reprinted range of histoprical booklets by TJ Francis available to buy in the Centre.
PHOTO GALLERY OF PROGRESS & EVENTS - HERE
* Amusing Press Reports 1753-1817 - here
A NEW VIDEO of the Town Trail may now be viewed - here
NEW List of FAMILY FRIENDLY ATTRACTIONS in our area - here
Buildings Research Guidance document - here
The Centre now has information on Facebook - please contribute to our page - here
One of the primary aims of the centre is to educate residents and visitors of all ages in the town’s rich heritage. We also serve as the local Tourist Information Point and use our local knowledge, leaflets and internet access to help satisfy the needs of visitors to the area.
We have various local artefacts on display, often relating to a specific theme, and an amazing 8ft model of the town’s old railway station which proves extremely popular with visitors of all ages.
There are well designed information boards telling the history of Bampton and several fascinating short videos to watch (and some to buy) on subjects such as the Exe Valley Railway and Bampton Church. There is also a collection of old photographs of Bampton dating from 1880 to 1960 and an album of photographs of many Bampton people from the early 1900’s onwards.
For children and families, we have a computer-based Bampton quiz game, a family town trail, dressing up clothes, touch and feel box, word search games and more. There is also a mega-sized jigsaw!
We have a small retail area where we sell local history books, walks books and maps. We also sell local gifts, postcards and Bampton mugs.
We run Guided Town Trails throughout the year and additional dates can be offered to visiting groups and organisations by arrangement. For those who can’t get about, there is a Virtual Bampton Town Trail available to watch on DVD.
There is now a Family Town Trail Quiz - see above.
If you’re interested in tracing details of your family history in the Bampton area, we have specially trained volunteers to assist you. With the help of local historians too, we will help you to discover more about your ancestors. If you would like to meet with a specially trained volunteer – please call 01398 332486 before your visit or send an e-mail to email@example.com
In 2019 we embarked upon a project called 'Bampton: Our Buildings' which collected information about the most iconic and interesting buildings in our town.
The results are now on a set of portable display boards, shown here in the Heritage Centre in the church, but which will be touring local venues such as the Tiverton Museum.
Accompanying this project is also a booklet with the key infomation which you can download - see above.
We are always keen to welcome more volunteers on board. Whether you can spare a few hours a week or only a few hours a month, we’d love to talk to you about becoming a volunteer. Please call Judi Thomas on 01398 332030.
Please send any enquires to the Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre to:
Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre, c/o 31 Woodland Close, Bampton, Tiverton, EX16 9DN
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone Katrina Munro – 01398 332486