The Vale & Downland Museum
The Vale & Downland Museum - The Vale & Downland Museum
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The Vale & Downland Museum description
In the mid 1970s, the newly-formed Vale of White Horse District Council bought the site and leased it to the museum trust. The Vale & Downland Museum Centre formally opened in 1983 and major improvements to the main gallery were completed in 1999.
In 2011 the owner of the adjoining Legges Cottage which housed the kitchen and archive store, decided not to renew the long term lease on the building. Following a fundraising campaign, a new extension has been built to house a new kitchen, office and archive store and to extend the upper gallery.
Tody the museum entrance, Squires Room, Downland Kitchen and offices are in the converted 17th century cloth-merchant’s house. It is a Grade 2 listed building and a fine example of local vernacular architecture. Behind it are 20th and 21st century extensions with wooden crucks spanning two floors. The main museum galleries are housed in a 20th century building and in the 18th century Hunt’s Barn, kindly donated by Thomas More Eyston and moved from the nearby village of East Hendred.
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