Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust is working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council on a major refurbishment project that will secure the future of this iconic building for generations to come.
The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the application for Part 2 HLF funding will be considered in March 2018.
The overall project cost is estimated at £1.7M
Our vision for Winterbourne Medieval Barn is to create a multi-purpose rural heritage venue which will celebrate the history and heritage of this extraordinary site and its environment, making them accessible to people of all ages. Past and present will come together through a range of memorable and diverse experiences and opportunities to participate
The project aims to restore the Winterbourne Barn, its two ranges – the South and West Barn – and associated outbuildings, creating new viable uses for the site through:
❖ preserving and providing access to a building of unique historical and architectural significance;
❖ establishing an outstanding visitor experience which captures people’s imagination by reconnecting them with their past through telling stories of the community, its buildings, crafts and traditions;
❖ creating a centre for education and learning about rural crafts helping keep these skills alive;
❖ reinstating its authentic use for “…theatricals, wedding feasts and all manner of rustic festivities” by creating a venue for conferencing, functions and celebrations;
❖ expanding its income-generating potential to secure its long-term future once and for all
The refurbished Barn will become a focal point of the community, offering a range of activities designed to appeal to everyone. We are proposing to run learning sessions for schools; family-focused history themed events and children’s activity sessions; rural craft workshops; music and theatre performances.
The Cart Shed has recently been refurbished to create a Reception and Education Centre with the generous support of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.