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Our latest newsletter is now available, updating you all we have been doing here at OPT. ...

OPT Awards 2019 - Congratulations to all our plaque winners

Thank you to all our participants in this year's OPT Awards, which has been our biggest year yet with 56 entries across town and gown. Join in the conversation online using the hashtag #...

Launch of Heritage Walk Book 5

Yesterday, a very jolly event event took place at the OPT offices to celebrate the launch of Book 5 in Heritage Walk...

Chairman's Lecture with David Prout

As part of OPT's Chairman's Lecture series we welcomed David Prout, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford to give a talk on the past present and future of the University of Oxford Estate...

Carole Souter speaks at Oxford's Citizens Assembly on Climate Change

On Sunday 29th of September OPT Trustee, Dr Carole Souter represented the Trust at the UK’s first full citizens assembly on climate change, which was held in Oxford. All the presentations were...

We're hiring - do you fit the bill?

OPT are seeking a Planner/Senior Planner to provide part-time maternity cover for 12 months from November 2019. (Some...

Oxford Open Doors 2019 - Over and Out

Oxford Open Doors 2019 has officially closed. It has been another amazing year, bringing together people from Oxford and further afield together to appreciate our beautiful city in all its glory....

Oxford Castle Publication Launch

Join us on Monday 9th of September at the Key Learning Centre, Oxford Castle, for the launch of the highly anticipated publication 'Excavations at Oxford Castle 1999-2009'. There will be a...

Our Venue Packs are on the Way!!

On Wednesday evening the lovely CyclOx and OxPA arrived to collect this year's venue pack for delivery ready for Oxford Open Doors. We are so grateful to both these organisations for their...

Oxford Open Doors Bookings now Open!

At 12 noon on the 28th August bookings for a select amount of Oxford Open Doors Events went live! We have lots of amazing venues in the line-up for OOD 2019 and are looking forward to seeing you...

Oxford Open Doors 2019 - the brochure is coming...

Oxford Open Doors is fast approaching.  Join us on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September for a weekend full to bursting of events and places to visit with the theme 'Made in Oxford'.

The...

Oxford Castle & Prison wins Sandford Award

Oxford Castle and Prison have been announced as one of this year's Sandford Award Winners 2019. The Sandford Award is independently judged mark of quality for education programmes of heritage site...

Festival of Archaeology at Oxford Castle

As part of the 2019 Festival of Archaeology, two events were held in Oxford's Castle Quarter. On ,Tuesday 16 July Tom Hassall gave a talk on 50 Years of Archaeology, which described the changing...

Pub Walk to Vicky Arms

On Tuesday 9th of July OPT members, guided by Rachel Sanderson, Land Officer, walked from the University Parks along the Cherwell, finishing up at the Vicky Arms. The weather was perfect and the...

Celebrate Archaeology with OPT

Join us for this free event on Tuesday 16 July at 5pm when OPT Trustee Tom Hassall will share '50 years of Archaeology' in Oxford with us. 

For further information and to...

OPT Welcomes Chief Exec of Historic England to AGM

OPT were pleased to welcome Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England to speak at our AGM on the 27th of June this year. Duncan's talk, 'Historic England’s approach to championing and...

OPT Vice-President Malcolm Airs awarded OBE

The OPT Team wish to send their heartfelt congratulations to our Vice-President, Malcolm Airs, upon being awarded an OBE in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the...

LMS Swingbridge community open evening on 10 July

OPT is restoring the LMS Swingbridge in 2019.  Want to know more?  Come to the community open evening on Wednesday 10 July from 5.30-7pm to hear about the history of this rather special...

North Hinksey Pub Walk

On the 23rd May our members and some of the OPT Team enjoyed a pub walk from our offices at 10 Turn Again Lane to the Fishes at North Hinksey.

The walk was led by our Land Officer, Rachel...

A celebration for Shakespeare's birthday

On the weekend of 26th April, OPT helped Oxford to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday! 

 Kicking off with the annual Parade from the Town Hall to our very own Painted Room, we enjoyed...

Our latest newsletter

Grab a cuppa and read about our latest work and events ...

Celebrate your project! OPT Awards 2019

The OPT Awards 2019 are now open click here.

Now in their 42nd year we are...

An opportunity to tour the Painted Room

Enjoy a tour of the Painted Room on Weds 27th February 12:30-13:00. You'll see rare Elizabethan wall paintings, learn the history of the rooms and the connections to both Shakespeare and Betjeman...

Free year round entry to Oxford Castle & Prison

OPT members enjoy year round historic talks, walks, unique experiences, great discounts and FREE year round entry to Oxford Castle & Prison and mound.

OPT membership costs from just £...

Oxford Outdoors 2019

Nothing beats a good walk in the fresh air and OPT encourage everyone to enjoy a walk on their land.  You'll experience a good dollop of Oxford history and some breathtaking views - a very special...

Year round free entry to Oxford Castle and Prison

Did you know that OPT members receive year round free entry to Oxford Castle and Prison, as well as a 10% discount in the gift shop and café?  

Click ...

Our Medieval Merchant's House

Did you know that you can visit our Medieval Merchant's house in Abingdon?

The house on East St. Helen Street is the oldest in Abingdon, with construction being dated at 1430.  It is full...

We are 90!

For 90 years we've been striving to keep the best of Oxford's past and building a brighter future.

If you love Oxford, support us and the crucial work that we do and become a member. You'...

Do something positive for Oxford

If you are passionate about Oxford and ensuring a positive future for this special city, then why not join us?

We are a 90 year old charity and quite simply, Oxford wouldn't be the same...

Looking for a new walk this spring?

If you fancy getting out and about more this spring, why not try a walk on some of our land? 

Over the 90 years since we first began, we have sought to protect Oxford's green setting for...

A historical tale of supplying water to Oxford

We wanted to share this fascinating piece written by Malcolm Graham. Enjoy.

http://bit.ly/2Oxfordwater

We are 90!

We celebrated our 90th birthday on Saturday 18th November with a get together and some birthday cake in our cherished venue of the Painted Rooms.  We were joined by members longstanding and new...

We've got Christmas wrapped up!

Are you struggling to think of Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest?  We can help!  If you are a member, we have two great offers for you:

1. Our brilliant Heritage Walk books (...

Record numbers of Snake’s Head Fritillaries found on OPT land.

OPT are delighted to announce a record number of the much loved but unfortunately rare Snake’s Head Fritillaries on one of their carefully cared for meadows.

Thanks to some early warm...

Hurry! There are Vacant Moorings available.

Moorings in Oxfordshire are in constant demand, but we are pleased to announce that we have a recreational mooring available to rent at Godstow. Contact Freddie on 01865 269172 for full details....

Christchurch v Christ Church - exploring heritage links

OPT Director, Debbie Dance, offers a view point on proposals to rebuild Christ Church Cathedral in New Zealand. ...

Volunteering opportunities at Oxford Castle

The Learning Team at Oxford Castle are looking for volunteers to assist with our programme for schools and families.

If you’re able to offer an extra pair of hands to help...

Latest planning projects

Planning lies at the heart of everything we do.  Our Planning Panel recently met to discuss the Oxford Local Plan and we have written to the City Council to understand more about how they are to...

Latest edition in our Heritage Book series

Get your copy of the latest edition in our Heritage Book series unveiling the history behind our streets before your very eyes.  Book 4 ‘ From Paradise Street to Sheepwash’...

Harcourt Hill Appeal

We have been delighted by the success of the Harcourt Hill Field appeal which raised £120,000 to allow us to open the Field to the public and connect the walk across the western hills from Raleigh...