Oxford Open Doors

Do you want to explore Oxford’s hidden treasures and explore behind closed doors? Join our friendly team of volunteers who help us run Oxford Open Doors!

This is a great opportunity to get involved with Oxford’s exciting heritage and get behind its closed doors whilst helping our visitors to discover secrets and treasures which are usually hidden away, all while enjoying a lovely weekend!

Roles range from acting as stewards at venues, to bucket shaking, to giving information to visitors. You can spend a morning, an afternoon or the whole weekend in interesting, historic and scenic buildings and outside spaces – with no prior knowledge needed.

If you are interested in volunteering in 2023, contact Nina on 01865 242918, n.urai@oxfordpreservation.org.uk, or fill in the volunteer form.


General Volunteer

We are always looking for help with our work. From labelling envelopes and helping with Appeals and membership, through to assisting prepare for Oxford Open Doors and volunteer opportunities with our land parties, we are always happy to hear from you. We have plenty of smiles, tea and the odd chocolate biscuit or two – so if you can spare some time and some skills please get in touch with Louise at l.lockyer@oxfordpreservation.org.uk

We have a limited number of volunteer opportunities for students, work experience and general volunteers – keep an eye on our website.

Conservation Volunteer

Come and join our friendly teams to carry out practical land management tasks on OPT’s nature reserves. All levels of experience are welcome. Work is very seasonal, and all training and safety equipment is provided. Our regular work parties are at:

Wolvercote Lakes – on the first Friday every month

Heyford Meadows – on the third Thursday every month

We also have work parties on other OPT sites at Boars Hill, Larkins Lane field, Kennington Memorial Field, Simons' Land and in Iffley, in partnership with the Abingdon Green Gym, Oxford Conservation Volunteers and the Friends of Iffley Village.  

See the Events page for the dates of forthcoming sessions and please ring Hannah on 01865 242918 or email h.brockwell@oxfordpreservation.org.uk for more information.

OPT volunteers

Corporate Volunteer

Are you thinking about doing something different for your next team building event?  Does your organisation provide practical help to local charities?  Oxford Preservation Trust welcomes corporate volunteers and we can arrange a day of practical land management tasks to suit your requirements.  Please email info@oxfordpreservation.org.uk for more information.

Volunteering for Oxford Open Doors was a brilliant experience. I really enjoyed working with the OPT Team & seeing the huge effort that they, the venues & volunteers put in to deliver this amazing event for Oxford - I have already signed up for next year!