Oxford City Council is on track to generate more than £900,000 of income from events, activities and hire at Oxford Town Hall.
The City Council has increased the income generated by the Grade II* listed building from £471,000 in 2010 – a 91 per cent increase.
It has achieved this by employing a Commercial Manager for the Victorian building, and by investing in the facility.
The City Council expects to hit £900,000 income at the end of the 2016/17 financial year.
In 2015 Oxford City Council invested £140,000 to repaint the ceiling of the Main Hall.
Income-generating events held at Oxford Town Hall include weddings, corporate events, conferences, beer festival and concerts.
All this has been achieved while the City Council continues to provide the building at no cost for civic and community functions. Recent community events held at the Town Hall include the Lord Mayor’s Carol Concert, ReFashion Oxford, Older People’s Day and memorial events.
The Town Hall is available for free to community groups two days a week – with bookings currently averaging in excess of 25 every month. If your community group is interested in booking the Town Hall, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town Hall is also the home of Oxford City Council’s public meetings, including the City Executive Board and Council, the Lord Mayor of Oxford’s parlour, and the Museum of Oxford.
Oxford City Council is currently working on a £2.4m redevelopment of the Museum of Oxford, which will reopen the Old Museum and to create a ‘people’s museum’ that will showcase the history of the city, its culture and its people.
At a time when councils across the country are selling their assets, Oxford City Council has retained the Town Hall – along with its 19 community centres, five leisure facilities and 7,800 council houses – in public ownership.
Oxford Town Hall has had many uses since it was built in 1897, including a police station, a hospital during the First World War and a public library.
Councillor Christine Simm, Executive Board Member for Culture and Communities, said: “We have made great strides with Oxford Town Hall, but we are not going to stop here – we are continuing to look for ways to further increase the income, while investing in the building and retaining it use for community and civic functions.
“We want Oxford Town Hall to remain at the heart of community and civic life for generations to come.”