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August: Oxford Open Doors - Your Invitation to Explore the City

The lamppost banners are up, and last week saw boxfuls of the brochures arrive at the OPT office, ready to be distributed across the City and County, to libraries and...

July: Oxford Castle – a place with heritage and tourism at its heart

I have been delighted to attend two book launches which have included the Oxford Castle redevelopment in their pages of success stories.  ...

June: Water Fountains – a new Oxford heritage

As the crowds gathered at Grandpont, close to the site of Oxford’s first station, in order to celebrate the coming of the railway to Oxford 175 years ago, the...

May: An Annual Trip to a Splendid Chapel

Last Sunday afternoon I went to sung Evensong in All Saints Chapel in Nuneham Park which is no longer in use but has a service once a year with the Dorchester...

April: The Language of Flowers at Shakespeare’s Painted Room

First the nodding daffodils climbing the sides of the Castle Mound, Oxford’s green lookout watching over the city, next the snakeshead fritillaries, fragile and intricate, abundant, but each...

March: A Plan for Broad Street

Experience Oxfordshire, Oxford’s excellent and expert tourism leaders, recently led a discussion on how town works with gown, attracting a mixed audience to reflect this.  It was here...

February: Oxford Trees

The delicate pale pink blossom on the flowering plum outside my window lifts my spirits each morning on these winter days, now lasting too long as I await Spring knocking at the door.   Yet this...

January: Design or no design?

Last year ended with the City Council’s Oxford Local Plan consultation guiding its development until 2036.  January saw the continuation of Cherwell District’s plans which could see Oxford join up...

December: Shop Local this Christmas

Christmas shopping starts at the Covered Market and with the independent shops in the streets around the market from Broad Street, along the Turl, into the High and up to King Edward Street.  ...

November: Oxford - The best of the old and the best of the new

With standing room only at this year’s OPT Awards 2018, which are intended to be all about the contribution to Oxford, to its public buildings, our streets and green spaces, I turn my thoughts on...

October: Can we have it all? The Oxford Local Plan

Oxford is a place of aspiration and dreams, and so to the draft Oxford Local Plan, which is out for public consultation 1 November – 13 December is important.  It gives a vision...

September: Oxford & tourism – who gains?

When people ask about Oxford Open Doors I will often say it’s ‘your chance to be a tourist in your own city’ and as we head for the highest guest figures yet, at well over 30,000, we will...

August: Oxford Open Doors approaches ….
July 2018: The LMS Swingbridge

As we all await news of the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway and the effect it will have on Oxford, whether north, south, east or west, I am drawn to earlier parallels and transport pressures from...

June 2018: Connecting people with nature

Too sunny to stay underground I get out at Green Park tube station and walk across London’s Royal Parks to Westminster for my meeting, reflecting on how many hundreds of people of all ages...

May 2018: Oxford Bridges in Context ...

Last week, a knock on the door of the OPT office in Turn Again Lane brought with it a huge parcel and a stunning architectural drawing of the Carfax Conduit, just too big to house elsewhere....

April 2018: Oxford and Shakespeare
March 2018: Dreaming spires not Oxford Towers

When the snow came, many headed for the hills, to South Park or Boars Hill to toboggan and enjoy the Oxford views, perhaps taking them for granted, surviving across the years despite development...

Feb 2018: Corporate Membership with a difference



 

Jan 2018: Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme
Dec 2017:'Tis the season to be jolly
Nov 2017: What get’s us out of bed in the morning?

Are we doing the best we can?  Are we making a difference? Each day we ask ourselves if we are being true to the original vision of OPT and stop to think about what we are trying to achieve. ...

Oct 2017: Autumn in the OPT offices

‘Keeping the best of the old, and encouraging the best of the new’

40 in 40 – celebrating 40 years of the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 

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Getting Back to business after another success at this year’s Oxford Open Doors

We were delighted to see so many local people join us for our Oxford Open Doors weekend 9/10 September, when hidden spaces opened their doors to invite you in.  25,000 + people came and with over...

Hidden Oxford revealed through Oxford Open Doors!

If you are not yet a member of Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT), then there is no better time to join than now!  This month sees the build up to the highlight of...

A jewel in a sea of green. July 2017 blog.

The OPT team were down at Hinksey Meadow recently celebrating National Meadows Day, enjoying the sunshine and sharing and celebrating in this wonderful piece of meadowland which people tell us has...

A jewel in a sea of green. June Blog.

Oxford Preservation Trust are passionate about protecting Oxford’s extraordinary and wonderful past and guiding its exciting future. Since 1927 we’ve been the custodians of land and buildings with...