We're Hiring: Project Archivist & Heritage Participation Trainee

Oxford House will be starting a new National Heritage Lottery funded project exploring our rich and diverse history. Our roots go back to the 1884 when a group of graduates and students came to live and work and the East End and established OH in Bethnal Green.  These ‘settlers’ led projects and community initiatives ranging from men’s clubs, to work exchanges and adult learning initiatives for local people. The outbreak of the Second World War became a defining moment in our history as OH transitioned from the ‘settlement house model’ and became a vital community hub, reflecting its diverse local community. From youth work, projects for older people, to women’s groups and community-led Somali cultural projects, Oxford House has reflected a changing East End. Today, Oxford House is multipurpose community arts centre, still based in our beautiful building and home to a theatre, dance studio, gallery, and café.

The Project:

‘Through the Lens: Women Pioneers, Youth Social Action and Celebrating our Somali Community’ is a new National Heritage Lottery Funded two-year project. It will explore Oxford House’s diverse post-war history through the experiences of three local communities: women, young people, and the Somali community. Our archives will be a catalyst for open research, skills development, and unexpected artistic collaborations. We will:


  • Make OH’s onsite archive publicly accessible. New research, archive open days, memory collection, heritage exhibition and a new festival; led by heritage professionals, trainees, and volunteers with public participation at its core.


  • Reveal hidden stories of women at OH. Our early 1940’s women ‘settlers’ will inspire an exciting intergenerational takeover project, led by local girls, linking stories past and present.


  • Reveal the untold stories of OH’s ground-breaking youth work. It will explore 1970s anti-fascism, youth subcultures, and working-class activism connecting local schools with contemporary discussions through films, local walking tours, takeover events, and artistic commission.


  • Platform Somali artists and makers through an innovative pop-up ‘Somali Arts Café linking our heritage past and present in partnership with this community.


  • Transforming our gallery space into an improved flexible education and creative space for these projects and beyond.


As part of this project we are recruiting two new roles:

  1. Project Archivist, (part time 2 days a week), 24 months
  2. Heritage Participation Trainee (part time 3 days a week, 12 months

How to apply:

Please carefully Read the job descriptions below:

OH Project Archivist Job Description

OH Heritage Participation Trainee JD

OH Diversity Monitoring Form 

How to Apply:


Email you CV, Cover Letter (no longer than 2 pages) and Diversity Monitoring Form to: jobs@oxfordhouse.org.uk  by Monday 30 May 2022 (12noon).

Interviews will be held wc 6 June 2022


‘Oxford House is based in the heart of East London, and we want our staff and volunteers to reflect Oxford House is based in the heart of East London, and we want our staff and volunteers to reflect this. We actively value and encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds and lived experiences to apply for this role. We particularly welcome applicants from East London.