The Bampton Great Shirt Race in the 1960s
The Bampton Great Shirt Race sometime in the 1960s

The Bampton Community Archive was founded in 2002 to record and save the social history of this unique village in Oxfordshire.

The archive contains almost 6,000 items relating to life in the village past and present.These include photographs, documents, newspaper cuttings, sound and video files and much more. Each item in the archive is an important part of the telling of the story of the village: from photographs of the restoration of the church bells; to a stone age hand axe; to the history of the WWII airfields around the village; to the documenting of the filming of Downton Abbey in Bampton.

Each item in the archive has been carefully recorded, categorised, described and tagged, and you can search the entire catalogue here.

If you have any items that could be aded to our growing collection, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!