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BURFORD ARCHIVE

ABOUT THE BURFORD ARCHIVE

Burford is a medieval town (population 1,200) situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of rural England.  Known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ it is regarded as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the local tourist industry.

As befits this historic Town, granted its first charter over 900 years ago in the reign of William II, Burford has an abundance of ancient documents  ranging from vellum and paper property deeds, business records, doctors notebooks, church papers, to local magazine history, historical papers of societies, groups and  associations. Currently, and in the absence of a suitable, central repository, some of this material is variously stored in houses, garages, cubbyholes, storage rooms around the town and at risk of deterioration through fire, flood or insect damage.

The people of Burford are determined to provide a single fit-for-purpose Archive, in which to safely preserve, catalogue and digitise material for the benefit of future generations and to this end we have acquired an 18th century building in the heart of the town. Sympathetic conversion will retain the character of the multi-room building, and when completed the new Archive facility will complement, and build upon the work of Burford’s Tolsey Museum, which holds historic local artefacts.

What progress has already been made?

The Falkland Hall Charity has made possible the purchase of this historic barn and garden in Swan Lane which will be extensively converted into the Burford Archive.  It will include a three room archive together with a small apartment whose rent will cover the Archive’s running costs. Planning permission has been granted and the costs of surveys, architects, planning consent and associated legal fees paid. We now need to raise the funds for the conversion and the fitting out.

We are now calling upon your generosity to help us to complete the Archive.

Please consider donating to this once in a lifetime opportunity to preserve our precious and unique written and visual local heritage.

 

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