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Join our community heritage project

Bethnal Green was transformed during Victorian times. Housing was developed, schools and churches were built, trades such as furniture making expanded, shops and pubs proliferated. Victorian reformers also made their mark – at the museum, asylum, settlements and parks.

With your help, we aim to uncover, interpret and share Bethnal Green’s remarkable history.

Since 1884, Oxford House has been part of the fabric of local life and this project will help place it in its historical and local context. During a ten  week series of hands-on history workshops, guided walks, online research sessions, and site visits we’ll take a closer look at the neighbourhood. We’ll use old maps, photographs, census returns, newspapers and other historical records to explore how Bethnal Green developed. And we’ll head out to see surviving evidence of Victorian life.

To share our discoveries, we’ll work together to create a ‘Victorian Footprints’ exhibition and booklet. These will form part of the celebrations marking the re-opening of Oxford House in Spring 2019, after the current refurbishment is completed.

The project runs on ten Fridays, from 10am – 1pm, starting on Friday 11th January and ending on Friday 15th March 2019. To get the most out of the project you’ll need to attend all of the sessions. When you sign up, you’ll receive full joining instructions. The sessions take place in various locations – at Oxford House, Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, Bow Idea Store, and on guided walks and visits in Bethnal Green.

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