Christ Church opened a new Visitor and Research Centre on 3rd October 2019.
London architects Purcell have restored a somewhat dilapidated nineteenth-century thatched barn and have sympathetically combined it with a light, airy and modern extension. The building retains the old bull pen which was used to house a number of bovines, including one renowned bull by the name of ‘Archimedes’.
The new extension houses the Visitor Centre which comprises a ticket office, shop and toilet facilities. We have introduced a multi-media guide for all visitors which is available in nine languages and British sign language. There is also an interactive version for young children. The multi-media guide has enhanced the visitor experience by providing a detailed history of the college and cathedral. The shop provides a range of gifts and souvenirs and can be accessed without the need to purchase an entry ticket. The Meadow attracts an estimated one million visitors a year, some 400,000 of whom choose to visit the college and cathedral.
At the far end of the building is the Research Centre which boasts a spacious lecture room with exposed beams and views across the Meadow. The room is equipped with AV and PA systems. It has flexible seating options; it can be arranged in theatre-style for up to 100 delegates, or as a fifty-seat boardroom. The Research Centre is adjoined by a catering area where tea, coffee and light buffet refreshments are provided. The Research Centre is primarily for academic purposes but may be booked for conferences.
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