May 7, 2024

Join us for a weekend festival of talks, performance, workshops and film screenings celebrating Oxford House's 140th anniversary and East End history.

History House Festival (7 & 8 June)

Dates May 7, 2024 - June 8, 2024

Times 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Price See Individual Event Listings

Location Oxford House

Exhibition: History House 140 

6 June – 20 December 2024, Free, Open 10am – 5pm, Mon – Friday.  

Also Open Saturday 8 June, 12noon – 7pm 

Visit History House 140 our new exhibition exploring Oxford House’s 140 years in East London. From Victorian social reformers and rivals tackling urban poverty, to courageous tales of nights spent in air-raid shelters and extraordinary stories of working-class activism – History House will take you on a journey through 140 years of social change in the East End.   


Film Screening: East Endings 

Friday 7 June, 6pm, £6 

Join a special screening of Mark Jay’s classic documentary ‘East Endings’. Released in 1993 it documents a night at Blooms restaurant in Whitechapel.   


OH Late: Cockney Sikh Takeover 

Friday 7 June, 7.15pm, £8/£10/£12 

Join us for a night of 1970s tunes, discussion and performance curated by writer, musician and East Ender Suresh Singh aka ‘The Cockney Sikh’. 


Walking Tour: The Ballad of Bethnal Green 

Saturday 8 June, 11am and 2pm, £8 

From a happy corner to a barmy park, from a riot to a rooftop, let alternative tour guide Alan Gilbey take you on a sixty-minute stroll through East End history. On this walking tour you’ll explore local history, forgotten stories and remarkable tales. 

Oral History Pop Up 

Saturday 8 June 1.30pm-4pm, Free 

Eastside Community Heritage will be popping up and leading oral history workshops. Listen to their amazing collection of oral histories and record your own. 


Pop Up East End Cinema 

Saturday 8 June, 1.30pm-4.30pm, Free 

We’re transforming our Victorian Chapel into a pop-up cinema showing a range of shorts, documentaries and feature films linked to the East End of London.   

Talk: Rebels & Reformers 

Saturday 8 June, 2pm – 3pm 

In this informal talk we’ll explore the rich and varied contributions women have made to social movements across East London. Hear stories of rebel thinkers, forgotten domestic servants and key ideas that shaped local history and beyond.  


Talk: East End Shorts 

Saturday 8 June, 2pm – 3pm, Free 

Join us for short and informal talks covering Tower Hamlets Black history, courageous Bengali-led women’s activism and East London’s long history of solidarity campaigns. 


Rooftop Writing with Roger 

Saturday 8 June, 6pm, £7 

Fancy writing surrounded by inspiring views? Join writer, novelist and East Ender Roger Mills for a special writing workshop on Oxford House’s roof. Featuring 360-degree views of iconic Victorian churches, urban parks and post-war buildings galore. 


Scattered: Aamna Mohdin in Conversation 

Saturday 8 June, 6.45pm, £5 

Coinciding with the launch of her new book Scattered, journalist Aamna Mohdin will discuss her own experiences as a refugee arriving in the UK aged seven, after her parents fled Somalia. Piecing together her families’ scattered history, Aamna’s journey takes her to Somalia, and then to the refugee camp in Kenya that was her home in early childhood. Aamna will be discussing identity, reunions, trauma and above all – the defiance and joyful celebration of family and the third culture kid experience.