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Oxford Heritage Walks: Book 6 Available!

In advance of Malcolm Graham’s illustrated talk on Monday, we are thrilled to announce that the sixth and final book in our Oxford Heritage Walks series is now available to buy on...

Wolvercote Community Orchard

Our Land Officer and one of our Heritage Assistants were delighted to pick a basket of apples as our rent from Wolvercote Apple Orchard. We are looking forward to tasting the...

Oxford Heritage Walks: Book 6 Launch

On 19 October, we will be launching the final book in the Oxford Heritage Walks series: ‘On Foot from the High to Trill Mill’.

Join Malcolm Graham...

New blog post! September: Oxford Open Doors

With clear blue skies, and without the crowds, Oxford Open Doors 2020 was a great success. Over the...

Walks Still Available!

As a result of recent changes to COVID-19 government guidance, we have decided to keep our variety of self-guided walks from Oxford Open Doors available on the website. From...

Chairman's Lecture - Virtual Event

Join Professor Joanna Innes, Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, for the Chairman’s Lecture ‘Blogging the Floodplain’ to hear more about her blog writing journey!

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Covered Market Restoration Nearing Conclusion

Have you spotted us on-site at The Covered Market?

The restoration of three historic stalls in Oxford’s Covered Market is drawing to a close...

From Axtell to Zacharias - Virtual Event

Join local historian, Liz Woolley, as she explores the men who built Oxford.

By the late 1880s, there were more than seventy speculative developers and building firms whose...

Success for Oxford Open Doors

With clear blue skies, and without the crowds, Oxford Preservation Trust has scored another success with this year’s new-look Oxford Open Doors.

The weekend (12-13 September) saw an...

Oxford Open Doors is here

Oxford Open Doors is here with a great range of virtual events and self-guided walks with family activities.

Virtual events are available ...

Oxford Open Doors - FEEDBACK FORM

Let us know about your experiences during Oxford Open Doors.

Please complete our Feedback form ...

Oxford Open Doors - PRIZE DRAW

For extra #OxfordOpenDoors events and content, join Oxford Preservation Trust!

If you become a member...

Oxford Open Doors: VIRTUAL

Oxford Open Doors is going online, with a huge range of virtual events!

Details are available here with all virtual...

Oxford Open Doors: SELF-GUIDED WALKS

Oxford Open Doors is going outside, with a massive variety of self-guided walks!

These are available to view now until Sunday 20 September as part of Open Doors...

New blog post! August: Where will the tourists go?

It’s Tuesday lunchtime, and I am enjoying lunch in a friendly bubble at the Old Bank, with thanks to Dishy Rishy. We could have gone...

Oxford Open Doors Goes Online!

Listen out for Oxford Preservation Trust's Director, Debbie Dance, on BBC Radio Oxford's Drive show around 4.10pm...

East St. Helen Street Restoration Continues

The restoration of the window at our medieval merchant’s house at 26 East St. Helen Street continues. Despite the inclement weather, good progress has been made with the ...

Visit Oxford Castle & Prison

Looking for something to do in Oxford? Why not visit Oxford Castle & Prison!

The Castle has the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard and everything you need to know...

Introducing the Heyford Owlets

We are excited to share the news that the Heyford Meadow Barn Owls have successfully fledged four owlets! Many locals have enjoyed the Heyford owls.

Read more about...

Volunteer Work Parties: From Wolvercote to Heyford

After a successful first socially distanced Conservation Work Party since lockdown at Wolvercote Lakes on 7 August, volunteers will be returning to Heyford Meadow for the first...

Covered Market Restoration Continues

Have you seen us on-site at The Covered Market?

The restoration of three historic stalls in Oxford’s Covered Market continues, within the...

Volunteer Work Parties Return

Today (7 August) marks the return of our volunteer work parties!

During a Conservation Work Party, volunteers work alongside OPT staff to maintain and manage land in and...

The Pitt Rivers Museum ‘a dream that failed’ – Virtual Event

Join OPT Vice-President, Professor Malcolm Airs, as he explores the Pitt Rivers Museum and ‘a dream that failed’.

Please book your place on the ...

First Virtual AGM

Following a series of popular virtual talks during lockdown, Oxford Preservation Trust’s 93rd Annual General Meeting took to the screen.

Wednesday 29th July...

New blog post! July: Oxford Meadows

As things ease, I am pleased to accept an invitation to meet with much-missed friends who live in South Hinksey, able to be outside to enjoy a summer’s evening, heading over at the end of a day in...

East St. Helen Street Window Restoration

We are excited to share the news that we are back restoring the window at our medieval merchant’s house at 26 East St. Helen Street, Abingdon which has been dated to 1430...

Entries Closed for OPT Awards

Friday 17th July marked the closing of the OPT Awards 2020 application window and we have received a brilliant number of submissions!

Thank you to all of those who have...

OPT Celebrates Festival of Archaeology

To celebrate this year’s Festival of Archaeology (11-19 July), we held another sold-out webinar yesterday evening. This time, David Radford, City Council...

New Team Member at OPT

Last week, we welcomed our newest member of staff, Lucy Inskip, who has joined us from The Heritage Alliance.

You can read more about Lucy and the rest of the team...

Oxford Castle & Prison Reopened on 4th July

As Oxford Castle and Prison enter the second weekend of reopening their doors, your safety continues to be their highest priority, and the Castle team have been busy putting...

Oxford's Hated Buildings and Failed Projects - a virtual event via Zoom

Join OPT Chairman William Whyte as he explores the city's hated buildings and failed projects in the 20th century. Definitely not to be missed!

Please book your place on the ...

New blog post! June: Oxford gets back to work

I have returned to the office and thinking forward as the entries come in for this year’s Oxford Preservation Trust ...

There's still time to enter the OPT Awards 2020!

Some of you asked if you could have a little more time to send in your projects, so we're extending the deadline to Friday 17 July.

Anyone can enter a project...

Sustrans Kennington Meadows project

Sustrans have completed their project to introduce a new surface and drainage scheme in the water meadow near the river at...

Release of Forward Events Programme!

Join OPT for a host of virtual events this Summer!

From talks including "Oxford's Hated Buildings and Failed Projects" with OPT Chairman William Whyte, to self-guided walks on National...

New Blog Post! May - Oxford's empty streets are still alive

Working from home is not an easy fit at OPT when we need to have a sense of what is happening on the ground in and around the city, keeping our eyes and ears open, meeting and talking with people...

Visiting our green spaces

Open green space is essential for our health and wellbeing, and we are delighted that more people than ever are now out and about enjoying OPT land.  With our commitment to the green agenda, OPT...

OPT Awards 2020 - open for entries!

The OPT Awards 2020 are still open for entries!

Anyone can enter a project, and this year we have a new Green Award to recognise the importance of...

OPT remember Kennington Servicemen on VE Day

Friday 8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE Day as Oxford Preservation Trust remember the servicemen of Oxford and share the history of our own Kennington Memorial Field.

...

New Blog Post: April - From Shakespeare to South Park, an OPT legacy lives on

Thursday 23 April was Shakespeare’s Birthday, and we should have gathered in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, surrounded by robed Oxford dignitaries across town and gown, ready to parade from the Town...

A toast for Shakespeare's birthday!

Welcome to our virtual celebration of Shakespeare's birthday!

Join OPT Chairman William Whyte as he gives the OPT annual toast to Shakespeare on his birthday, raising a...

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with our family activities

Oxford Preservation Trust look after the Painted Room in Oxford – all that remains of the Crown Tavern, where Shakespeare is said to have stayed on several occasions.

Each year on 23 April...

Painted Room virtual tour to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday

Oxford Preservation Trust look after the Painted Room in Oxford – all that remains of the 13th century...

OPT to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday!

Join OPT at 11.30 am on Thursday 23 April to raise a toast to the immortal bard, remembering the NHS and all those doing so much to look after us at the same time.

Oxford Preservation Trust...

Family activities for Easter

We’re sure that, like us, if you’re lucky enough to have some outside space, you’ve found a whole new appreciation for your balconies, courtyards and gardens during lockdown.

Exploring your...

New blog post: March - Oxford and your Health & Wellbeing

Our glorious City is a jewel in a sea of green, where town meets country, with its fingers of green running into and through it. All is heightened by this glorious weather, signs of spring with...

Visiting our green spaces - our latest update on COVID-19

OPT is continually thinking about access to our green spaces as well as the health and safety of our members and local communities. We are closely following guidance and best practice to help...

The Covered Market

Have you seen that we’re on site at The Covered Market?

We’re working in partnership with...

26 & 26a East St Helen Street

We're doing conservation work on an almost 600-year-old window!

The window comes from our medieval house in Abingdon - 26 and 26a East St Helen Street.

It dates from c.1430 and...

A message to our members

I wanted to write to you at this extraordinary time to let you know that OPT remains in good heart and, despite the many challenges facing it, will continue its vital work.

Our OPT team are...

Chairman's Lecture

Are you interested in the future of our countryside? Join Crispin Truman OBE, Chief Executive of CPRE The countryside charity, for the third in our series of Chairman's Lectures. 'Cycling, CPRE...

Entries for the OPT Awards 2020 are now OPEN!

The launch of this year’s Awards took place at The Oxford Trust’s Science Oxford Centre and Wood Centre for Innovation, Stansfield Park – winners of...

Annual Day School

The OPT Annual Day School will be on Saturday 25 April!

In partnership with the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education, this year’s OPT Annual Day...

We're recruiting!

There is currently a fantastic opportunity for someone early in their heritage career to join our team as an Assistant Heritage and Planning Officer.

To find out more and apply, please...

Excavations at Oxford Castle, 1999-2009 Awards Nomination

We are delighted that 'Excavations at Oxford Castle, 1999-2009' has been nominated in the Book of the Year category for the 2020 Current Archaeology Awards!

Voting is live and open to...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our supporters! This January we have welcomed OPT's two newest members, Laura and Katie, who have joined us as Planning Officer and Heritage Outreach and Projects Officer....

Ann Spokes Symonds

We are sorry to begin the year with the sad news that our Vice President, Ann Spokes Symonds sadly died on 27 December.  Ann was 94 and had been ill in the latter half of last year.  Ann’s family...

Merry Christmas from OPT

Thank you to all our supporters who have helped us to make 2019 another fantastic year and we look forward to a busy year in 2020, with more members than ever before, numerous events planned...

Walks in our Green Spaces

Each of our walks have been restyled into printable booklets - take a walk through our beautiful landscape, enjoying the glorious views and multitude of wildlife. Visit our walks page to download...

OPT Awards 2019 Plaque Unveiling - Dora Carr Close

On Wednesday 11th December, our Chairman William Whyte was delighted to have been invited to the plaque unveiling of one of this year’s OPT Awards, Dora Carr Close. The Development by GreenSquare...

OPT's Annual Christmas Lecture

On Tuesday 3rd of December, OPT held their annual Christmas Lecture at the Key Learning Centre Oxford Castle. After Debbie's recital of her 12 blogs of Christmas the evening turned its focus to...

A great Christmas gift - special deal on our Heritage Walk Books

Still searching for that special Christmas gift?  Buy the full set of our 5 Heritage Walk Books for only £29.99 (plus post and packaging).

Our Oxford Heritage Walks open a treasure chest of...

Oxford Castle & Prison Education Programme awarded the Sandford Award

Congratulations to Lisa Price and the staff at Oxford Castle and Prison having been awarded the prestigious Sandford Award.

The Sandford Award recognises outstanding education programmes at...

Our latest newsletter

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...