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 Time 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

  • 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 […]

  • Revealing forgotten secrets

    Work has continued to strip away decades of modern additions to the old Library & Art Gallery on Union Street. After several weeks the building is now back to its original fabric and long-hidden features have been revealed. These include reopening the lightwell down to the first floor as well as removing the old lift […]

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Events & Activities

Thu 21

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 22

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

September 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Thu 28

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

September 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 29

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

September 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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Exhibitions

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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  • Our soft strip has revealed some amazing  hidden treaures, one of our favourite is this from the 1984 Oldham Open! Found just in time for our contemporary Oldham Open which opens this Saturday, 23rd October! 
We're also having a VIP preview for artists, friends and family this evening. Looking forward to seeing all of these talented locals tonight!

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  • Waiting for Dinner by Anne-Marie Le Quesne 
Le Quesne is a well-known printmaker, born in the United States but living the UK. Her work has been widely showcased in the UK and on the Continent and her work is also in a number of public collections. 
Our piece was acquired in 1978.

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  • Our Natural History collection is home to thousands of items including these three stunning fossils. 
Fossils are evidence of ancient life forms or ancient habitats which have been preserved by natural processes. They can be the actual remains of a once living thing, such as bones or seeds, or even traces of past events such as dinosaur footprints, or the ripple marks on a prehistoric shore.

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  • This evocative image features in our newest exhibition River of Tea: From Bengal to Britain Photographs by Tim Smith. 
Over 90% of British-Bangladeshis are of Syhleti origin and this exhibition reveals the fascinating story of how the British love of tea led to Sylhetis first coming to Britain. 
Tim Smith is a photographer, writer and digital artist based in Bradford. For over 35 years he has worked with a range of diaspora communities to explore issues of migration and identity. River of Tea explores the relationship between our love for Indian Tea and the fascinating story behind Britain's cup of choice which is rarely told. 
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