Welcome to the Burford Archive

Burford has a long and very special story to tell you

Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, Burford proudly welcomes visitors from around the world to enjoy its heritage and wealth of medieval buildings dating from between the 13th and 15th century

Since the 1960s, Burford’s popular Tolsey Museum of Local History has saved and displayed a wonderful collection of fascinating local artefacts. Now, we want to establish the Burford Archive to assemble and preserve Burford’s written and oral stories and images to ensure they are not forever lost. These include a wealth of material ranging from medieval times to the present, plus fascinating accounts of human experiences over the centuries.

The new Archive will provide a clean, safe and accessible environment in which to preserve historical and contemporary records connected with our Town, our villages and their inhabitants.

This project has got off to a tremendous start with a donation of £50,000 from West Oxfordshire District Council.

Several local charities have given support, as have individuals. Recently we have benefitted from the initiative of the Burford and District Society who, organised sewers among us (those who sew rather than drains!) to make personal protection masks to be distributed locally.

At the same time the excellent book Burford and its Soul has gone on sale. These and other enterprises have raised funds for the Archive project.

Please remember that as a UK taxpayer, you can increase the value of your gift at no cost to you. For example for every £20 you donate with Gift Aid, Burford Archive will receive an extra £5 contribution from the government, making your gift worth £25.