Welcome to the Oxford Civic Society

Oxford Civic Society is dedicated to striving for the continuous improvement of Oxford as a wonderful city in which to live, work and relax. Appreciating our past, enjoying the present and pursuing a vision for the future are the fundamentals of our effort, which we have been working on for over 45 years.

We promote sustainable, well-balanced communities, and a physical infrastructure which serves their needs, now and into the future:

  • we champion issues to decision-makers and opinion-formers in local and national government, business and the media
  • we organise, support and encourage individuals and communities to take action to improve the quality of their environment
  • we provide opportunities for our members to participate in our activities, whilst contributing to the objectives of the Society

We have nearly 1,000 members. We are a registered charity and are actively contributing ideas and finance to Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement.

For more information, see the latest issue of our regular newsletter "Visions", also visit About Us and Annual Review. If you are interested in protecting Oxford’s heritage, knowing more about the city and helping us make a difference you could volunteer to join one of our working groups or better still join us and help shape the city’s future.

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A New City Quarter

Earlier this year a workshop was held in Oxford to look at the zone around the station and beyond known as Oxford Central West. This area is perhaps the most extraordinary underdeveloped area of any historic city in the UK. There is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform the area into a new quarter for the city fit for the 21st century. 

A group of urban designers was drawn together to create a vision for the area and to see how various proposals could be combined to create a new and better gateway to Oxford.

There is more on our Oxfordshire Futures website and we have produced a brief illustrated summary of the event’s conclusions and a pdf file in the form of a slide presentation which gives a much fuller account of the day’s proceedings. Both can be freely downloaded from the links.

Local Authority Devolution

New possibilities for place-based leadership

On 22 July 2016 Oxford Civic Society organised a lecture by Professor Robin Hambleton (University of the West of England) as a contribution to the debate on local authority devolution in Oxfordshire. The lecture was followed by a chaired discussion. The seminar focussed on leadership, democracy and growth for Oxford and its region.

Read more on the Oxford Futures website.


We seek to foster a greater sense of belonging, responsibility, well-being and civic pride amongst local communities – and to empower people by the dissemination of information and ‘know-how’


We aim to ensure that Oxford is ‘a good place to be’ – a clean, green and well-maintained environment for people to enjoy. We actively encourage appreciation of the distinctive beauty and heritage of our city.

Buildings & Public Spaces

We promote best practice in terms of the sustainable development and management of new and evolving buildings and spaces whilst preserving the best of what we have inherited from the past

Travel & Transport

We focus on maintaining and developing a sustainable physical infrastructure that functions well for all modes of movement – walking, cycling, motoring, using public transport and sojourning.


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