A community arts centre in Bethnal Green is set to celebrate a milestone anniversary with a weekend festival and exhibition. 

Oxford House in Derbyshire Street will mark its 140th anniversary this month through the launch of History House 140 events. 

The events seek to continue the charity's focus on addressing poverty in the local community and the different groups forming it, as has been its goal since it opened in 1884. 

Romford Recorder: Oxford House in the 1960sOxford House in the 1960s (Image: Oxford House)The History House 140 Weekender will take place from June 7-8, where visitors will have the chance to learn more about the history of the East End.

The festival includes a pop-up cinema, workshops and music amongst other events. 

Suresh Singh, also known as 'the Cockney Sikh', is just one of the headliners for the weekend, and will be performing and talking about his experiences of growing up in the East End in the 1970s. 

Oxford House will also be launching a new art exhibition unveiling the history of the area, which will start from June 6. 

The History House 140 exhibition will run for six months and will feature interactive showcases, stories from the past and a deeper look into the history of grass roots activism in Bethnal Green. 

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A digital archive of 10,000 images, objects and documents dating from 1884 to present will be on display to all who visit. 

These include rare Victorian books and photographs from the Second World War.

This gives a nod to a two year National Lottery Heritage Fund project that helped catalogue and digitise the centre's archive. 

John Ryan, Oxford House chief executive, said: “I am very proud to celebrate Oxford House’s 140th anniversary and our ongoing relationship with the East End neighbourhood and community we know and love.

"The History House 140 exhibition and festival tells this story in fabulous detail."

He encouraged people to explore the exhibition archive and visit the History House Weekender.

Mr Ryan added: "You can discover more about the story of Oxford House and the communities of Bethnal Green. You won’t be disappointed.”