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History in the making

On 7th September, Oxford House opened its heritage project after receiving a Heritage Lottery Fund of £102,800 as development funding and to further help progress a bid for a total of £964,000. The heritage project aims to renovate Oxford House by repairing places like the Chapel and its roof, introducing a new café overlooking Weavers Fields, designing a new entrance and re-introducing the historic roof top walk. These are just some of the major renovations the project aims to carry out.

The project additionally aims to create a well-grounded heritage programme which will allow it to preserve the history of Oxford House and its vital role within the community from the Victorian age up to the present day.

As part of the project, surrounding neighbours such as local businesses, tenants and the general public are invited to attend heritage consultation workshops to put forth their views and opinions regarding the key changes that will take place within Oxford House. These heritage workshops will continue to be held up until the 16th October.

It’s also possible to view the plans and give feedback online at

Speaking of the history of Oxford House, on the 19th September, visitors are invited to explore and experience first-hand the rich history of its Victorian Chapel, as part of the wider Open House London.

By Safia Siddique, Oxford House’s Heritage Volunteer

Oxford House in a Changing World Workers and Welfare: Living Conditions of the 1800’s East End On This Day... 30th November 1891 WANTED: Archivist for heritage project Fascism in the East End The Blitz The Original Oxford House Conscientious objectors The Welsh Schools The Excelsior The Effects of World War I in Oxford House War Memorial The Inauguration of the Oxford House Building 1892 From Oxford House to Local and International Stardom In the Spotlight: the Repton Boxing Club and Oxford House Hensley Henson, Oxford House leader The Kray Twins Alfred Soord, The Crucifixion. Oxford House Chapel Women and Oxford House Oxford House and its Clubs Why you should donate to save our secret chapel The Bethnal Green Tube Tragedy The Webbe Boys’ Club Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s Super Kid (a.k.a. Eddie Marsan) Save Oxford House's 'Secret' Chapel Oxford House and Arthur Foley Winnington-Ingram Our resolution? Raise all the funds to start our major heritage project Post War Regeneration of Bethnal Green Weavers’ Fields and the Huguenots Guy Clutton-Brock: from Oxford House to hero of Zimbabwe WWI: Zeppelins or ‘Take me back to dear old Blighty’ The Hidden Gem: Oxford House Chapel History in the making Oxford House and Ben Uri Gallery The Chapel Oxford House Musical and Dramatic Association 1903 Oxford House Arms: Dominus Illuminatio Mea Why is Oxford House listed as Grade II Heritage? Heritage Lottery Fund - 'Oh! ‘wins’ the lottery' Who designed Oxford House? The Boys and Men’s Clubs in the 19th and early 20th century Why a new building in 1891? Rise under Rev. Winnington-Ingram How it all begun. Clubs and activities at Oxford House 1884 Who created Oxford House? What is a settlement? 130 Not out! Our pre-history: The Oxford Movement From Victorian Gap Year to Community Hub
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