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Osney Lock Hydro participating in Oxford Open Doors

Oxford Open Doors
If you would like to learn more about the project and meet some of the volunteer team who have been working behind the scenes you might like to know we are taking part in Oxford Open Doors. As the site itself is not open we’ll be based in the Mary Town Room at West Oxford Community Centre between 2 and 4pm on Sunday 14th September.  We’d delighted to see you.

We’ll also be using the opportunity to survey visitors to the site to find out more about what people would like to see at the side as part of the broader river bank project.

As well as generating green energy and income for our community, we’d love the hydro scheme to become a platform from which to tell the story of our river.  We would like local people visiting the site to learn about our community’s centuries old relationship with the Thames, and be inspired by our vision for a more sustainable future. Ideas include a social history project, asking local residents to share their memories of growing up on Osney Island, and developing self-guided walks to enable people to explore the rich industrial heritage of the area.

We are thrilled to have been awarded a grant by the University of Oxford Small Community Grants Scheme to enable us to carry out audience research and create an interpretation plan to bring the information to life. The project is still in early stages of development and we’ll need lots of help to plan, fundraise and implement the project.   If you would like to get involved, do please let us know.

We hope to see you there!