in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibitionOur Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 & Community Gallery – The Oldham Open 2017
In Gallery 3 – River of Tea by Tim Smith
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Opening times

We are open six days a week:

Monday-Saturday 10am – 5pm

Last admission to the galleries 4.45 pm

We are closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays


Admission is free! We have a shop, cafe, large lifts, accessible toilets, and baby changing facilities.

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Latest News

  • Going underground

    In recent weeks the focus of work on the new Heritage & Arts Centre has been at ground level and below. The ongoing survey work has been mapping the services along Ashworth Street and Southgate Street as well as getting a better idea of the composition of the soil itself. In September a large boring […]

  • Change is happening!

    The “soft strip” of the old building has revealed many fascinating changes. The work has removed modern features to reveal elements of the building as it would have appeared in the 18oos. For the latest update on our Heritage & Arts Centre project we thought you’d enjoy these films giving a sense of what has […]

  • River of Tea exhibition

    Our latest exhibition tells the untold story of how our love for a cup of tea has helped shape our towns and cities today. River Of Tea – From Bengal To Britain is an exhibition of photographs by Tim Smith. Tea enjoys a special place in British culture and the industry has played a key […]

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Events & Activities

Fri 27

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

October 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat 28

Small Cinema – The Gruffalo & Room on the Broom

October 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 30

Autumn Half-Term Holidays

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue 31

Autumn Half-Term Holidays

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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We have four large exhibition spaces plus a community gallery. We take an innovative and unique approach to exhibition programming, bringing together what were once separate museum and gallery services.

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What's On

There is always plenty happening at Gallery Oldham! Check the calendar to see forthcoming talks and tours, art and craft courses, family activities, cinema showings and other events.

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Our Collections

Our collections include over 12,000 social history items, 3,000 works of art, 80,000 natural history specimens, 15,000 photographs and a large number of books, pamphlets and documents.

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Naked Bean Cafe

Oldham’s favourite lunch spot! The cafe in Oldham Gallery is the perfect place to meet friends or colleagues for a bite to eat, or just for coffee. Families are very welcome.

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Kids & Families

We have bags of free fun activities for all the family from our GO Baby and GO Explorers sessions, Super Saturday workshops and free activities in the school holidays and more....

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Gallery Trail

Follow our new Gallery Trail which highlights objects of interest around the building. You can see items from our collections and a range of exhibitions throughout Gallery Oldham.

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Gallery Shop

Our shop sells souvenirs and gifts to suit all ages and pockets including a wide range of crafts and jewellery, cards and postcards, engraved crystal, exhibition catalogues and books.

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Oldham Local Studies

Explore your family history; find out how Oldham has changed with the development of new communities; uncover the story of Oldham from village to cotton capital of the world.

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  • Stone cut print 39/50 1966 Pitseolak Ashoona.

Ashoona was an Inuit Canadian artist admired for the unpretentious authenticity in her works. She was also a member of the Royal Academy of the Arts. Ashoona was born in 1904 on Nottingham Island in the Hudson Straights,  and she received the Order of Canada in 1977. She died in 1983 and is buried behind the Anglican Church in Cape Dorset.  She fulfilled her promise to work on her drawings and prints until she was no longer able.

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  • Peter Stanaway - Now The Mill Has Gone (2005) ⠀
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  • The Bear's Tea Party by Kerry Jameson

Jameson is a London based artist working in ceramics and mixed media creating narrative sculptural forms and paintings. This piece features a harassed mother bear attempting to drink a cup of tea while one cub drinks from the tea pot and another tries to get her attention. 
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  • Ophelia - Alistair Grant, 7/50

Alistair Grant was a printmaker, painter and illustrator. He was born in Kensington, London. Grant was involved in the production of several UK films, including The Portrait of Dorian Gray and The Battle of Agincourt. After retiring from the Royal College, Grant focused on his work, exhibiting both in England and France and spending his time between London, Etaples and Paris.

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