A Retrospective Time Capsule of Oxford House in World War Two

Talibah Miah

Many of us are familiar with the timeline of World War Two, but how much do we actually know about the experiences of living through such a catastrophic and momentous event? Delving into the personal documents held by Oxford House Community Centre provides a closer look at the effects of World War Two on a local scale, ultimately enabling the construction of a retrospective time capsule of the Bethnal Green community hub between 1939 and 1945.  Talibah Miah, one of our first cohort of History Internship students this year, tells the story.