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Oxfam celebrates 70 years in Oxford with free, fun-packed open house event for all the family

14th Aug 2012

Oxfam is celebrating its 70th anniversary - and 70 years of being based in Oxford - with a free Open House event on Saturday 8th September, from 10am to 5pm.

Oxfam Open House is an opportunity for Oxfordshire residents to find out more about their local charity that started out as a small group of people and grew into a global movement for change, working in more than 90 countries - including the UK - to overcome poverty worldwide. 

The day offers an exciting behind-the-scenes look into how the charity responds to global emergencies, including hands-on, interactive exhibitions.  Guided tours of Oxfam House will reveal the extraordinary variety of people and activity that goes on within the walls of what looks like just an ordinary office - all supporting Oxfam's work around the world. 

There will be fascinating talks about Oxfam's life changing work, both on the ground during a humanitarian crisis and in long term community projects that transform the lives.  For those interested in working for Oxfam there will be careers talks and opportunities to speak to staff working across a range of areas from fundraising to campaigning and supporting projects overseas.  

Global food will be on offer in the world cafe and history buffs will be able to find out more about Oxfam's rich history in the city of Oxford.  Plus, of course, there will be a talk about Oxfam's iconic shops, together with a very special pop-up shop boasting vintage bargains and Fair Trade goodies galore.  Promising to be an event for all the family, there will also be activities for children

Anna Thorne, Development Manager for Oxfam said:  "We're very much looking forward to welcoming local people of all ages to Oxfam House for a jam-packed day of activities.  Everyone at Oxfam is very proud of our Oxford roots and we want to celebrate our 70th birthday here at home.

"It's going to be a really fun, interesting day that'll give visitors a good idea of all the exciting stuff that goes on at Oxfam House - and maybe inspire them get involved and become part of our vibrant global movement to end poverty."

Oxfam House is on John Smith Drive in the Oxford Business Park, Cowley.  For more information and directions visit  


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Notes to Editors

Oxfam Open House is part of the Oxford Open Doors weekend

The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (later shortened to Oxfam) was formed in October 1942, to lobby the British Government for the relaxation of the Allied blockade of occupied Europe, and to ensure the supply of vital relief to civilians especially in Belgium and Greece.  The following year The Oxford Committee launched 'Greek Week' in the city and raises £10,700 for the Greek Red Cross. 

Oxfam is a global humanitarian, development and campaigning organisation working with others to overcome poverty and suffering. Oxfam is now working in 55 countries on a diverse range of projects, from providing emergency water sources to supporting community health projects. Oxfam has more than 700 high street shops across the UK selling donated fashion, books, music, homewares and new ethical products. It is supported by a workforce of 22,000 volunteers.  Oxfam GB is affiliated to Oxfam International, a global confederation of 17 independent Oxfams which share the same purpose. To find out more visit