The Situation today
When the Rooms became vacant in 2012 OPT stepped in. We managed to negotiate the remainder of the lease until 2013 and got thinking and working. Since that time the head lease of the whol building has been sold to a family Trust as an investment and the Painted Rooms returned to them. We are hugely grateful to the Eyre Estate who have given OPT possession of the Painted Room so that we now have time to look for a way forward which will open the rooms to the public and secure them forever.
We hosted a symposium of experts to help inform the Conservation Management Plan carried out by Oxford Archaeology and an Options Appraisal has also been completed with the support of Historic England. We are grateful for the continuing support of the Eyre Estate, the William Delafield Trust and CPRE Oxfordshire Buildings Preservation Trust who have provided funds to allow us to find out more about the house, the wall paintings and their condition, and what needs to be done.