Oxfam's 70th anniversary – 5 October 2012

70 years ago this week, Oxfam began as a small local lobbying group in wartime Britain. With your support, we've come a long way - last year our work reached 15 million people in 55 countries. Thank you.

A movement of people

The dedication and collaboration of thousands of staff, volunteers, supporters and partners have made Oxfam what it is today. This vision of people working together to achieve great things has been with us from the start and continues to be as relevant today as it ever was.

Three giants of the Oxfam story explain more in this special video from the archives, featuring founder member Canon Milford, Jim Howard - whose pioneering water and sanitation work has saved countless lives - and Joe Mitty, the 'Grandfather of Charity Shops'.

Find out more: the history of Oxfam

From the archive

Video: Canon Milford, Jim Howard and Joe Mitty, from the Oxfam archives. (5m36s)

Your stories

Jean, Barnet

I can't remember a time when I wasn't involved. I remember talking to our MP about land mines - he said he couldn't do anything, but we won him over.

Mary-Emma, Newcastle

I've been involved with Oxfam since I was about four or five, when I used to go out with collection tins with my mum. I think it's really important for young people to be involved.

How we're celebrating

Oxfam Open House

In September we opened our doors to the public as part of the Oxford Open Doors weekend. 750 people came to help Oxfam celebrate 70 years in Oxford!

Oxfam Open House

Oxfam gets "Freedom of the City" of Oxford

The Lord Mayor of Oxford will present the "Freedom of the City" scroll to our Chief Executive and our Chair at a ceremony at the Town Hall this October.

"Freedom of the City" award

From Poverty to Power

"A unique blend of solid academic understanding, serious activist experience, and political acumen." The second edition is out this month.

Read From Poverty to Power

"Friends of Oxfam" anniversary meeting

The annual meeting of "Oxfam Friends" (ex Oxfam staff, volunteers, donors, governance etc.) will this year have a 70th anniversary flavour...

Oxfam Friends meeting 2012

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