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The hidden history of Oxford's favourite street is an open, DIY community history project.

What is it?

It's like a Wikipedia for the Cowley Road.

Every public or commercial building from the Plain to Magdalen Road has its own page. We are building an open archive of facts and photos celebrating Cowley Road's social and architectural life, with all content freely available for community use.

The project was officially launched during Cowley Road Carnival 2017, followed by a series of public workshops. The workshops will collect memories and images, and show people how to add these to the website.

How do I get involved?

  • Become a wiki editor — click the "request account" button at the top right of the page. See the how-to page for instructions.
  • Check the list of Jobs which need doing.
  • Sign up to our newsletter using the box at the bottom right to get updates about the project, and to hear about upcoming events.

Who made it?

This is a project from artist Eleanor Greenhalgh and programmer Charlie Harvey.

It uses software from MediaWiki, and features some images from other open archives such as Geograph. It features a large contribution from local author and photographer Martin Stott who has generously contributed his own archival photographs. We are working in partnership with Cowley Road Carnival and have benefited from the advice and support of historian Liz Woolley.

The project has been supported financially by the Greening Lambourn Trust, which exists to promote interest in the history and architectural heritage of Oxford by supporting publications and other media which create access to them. has been featured a few times in the media.

How does it work?

All content is created by and for the local community. All contributions are released under an open license, so all content on the site is genuinely available for free community use. See the Copyright page for more details.