Cultural Consulting Network provides professional consultancy services to the heritage and arts sectors. Through challenge and support, we work closely with clients to understand their particular needs so that we can offer intelligent and workable solutions that bring lasting benefits.

Cultural Consulting Network provides professional consultancy services to the heritage and arts sectors. Through challenge and support, we work closely with clients to understand their particular needs so that we can offer intelligent and workable solutions that bring lasting benefits.

Oxford House

Client: Oxford House

• Oxford House is a community, arts and heritage centre overlooking Weavers Fields in the East End of London. Its current vision stated in the 2016-19 Strategic Plan, is ‘Oxford House is where East London comes together to work, learn, explore and create. We celebrate arts, community and our heritage’.
• Oxford House opened in 1884 as the first Settlement House and is still at the heart of Bethnal Green as an arts and heritage space that engages the diverse communities of East London.
• It provides affordable office space for a range of community and arts organisations as well operating a multipurpose arts centre with a theatre, gallery and dance studio.

Project

‘From Victorian Gap Year to Community Hub: heritage and community at Oxford House’
• A £1.7m project to undertake urgent restoration work and open up the Victorian Chapel, roof top walk and new public spaces in the building including a new café space in the original library and refectory overlooking Weavers Fields.
• A comprehensive activities programme to engage new audiences in exploring the history of Oxford House, including its archives.

How we helped

• Marilyn Scott has worked with Trustees at regular Awaydays to examine the organisations vision and mission as part of their preparation for the HLF funded capital and activity programme.
• Marilyn took Trustees back to basics to examine their core values and where they wanted the organisation to be post the capital programme. She provided facilitation and support and helped to clarify ideas and aspirations in a friendly and non threatening environment.
• Marilyn helped Trustees to examine their business model and review how this sat with charitable purpose and community values.
• Trustees also examined a future staff structure and how the operations of the organisation would work – through structured facilitation agreement was reached on a detailed organisational structure for the future.
• Marilyn worked with the CEO in advance of the workshops to ensure they delivered the objectives for the day and then followed up with an action plan as a follow up.

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