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Our community heritage project

Please note: the project is now fully subscribed with a waiting list.

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.

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.

Find out more…

Our community heritage project Hard Hat Tours of Oxford House The hoardings are up Oxford House and its Clubs Oxford House in a Changing World Workers and Welfare: Living Conditions of the 1800’s East End On This Day... 30th November 1891 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 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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