The Heritage Lottery project began, as do others, with a simple conversation between two people in a coffee shop in Oxford. It evolved into something far greater than the sum of its individual parts. The legacy, apart from the mechanics such as this website, is substantial. We have provided new access to archive materials, new opportunities to schoolchildren and new customers to precious independent small businesses in Oxford.
We hope that we have shown that a building is just a building without the people and the personalities that have been, are, and will be, associated with it as long as it stands. Add in the human elements of choice, decision, dispute and personality and a building becomes a place. More than that, with the right blend a building can become more than a place - it can become a destination.
Oxford Covered Market is a destination. It will remain so as long as the integrity of its offer can be protected.