in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibition Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – DIS/rupt
In Gallery 3 – New Exhibition Coming Soon
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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

  • From the Negative to the Positive

    The latest exhibition in the Gallery Oldham foyer runs until 2 February. From the Negative to the Positive is the result of a series of workshops led by three artists – photographer Ian Beesley, poet Ian McMillan and cartoonist Tony Husband. They have been working with ‘The Ragamuffins’, a group of local people with dementia, […]

  • Journey back to magnificence

    It has been a busy and satisfying year of progress on our Heritage & Arts Centre project. As we reach the end of 2017 it is time to draw breath and take stock of all the achievements we have made so far. And also to look forward to what happens next. The old library and […]

  • Change from top to bottom

    In recent weeks the work on the old library and art gallery building has seen changes from top to bottom. Whether it is removing guano from the roof spaces or carrying out a damp survey in the basement there has been plenty to keep our team of specialists busy. The damp survey wasn’t confined to the […]

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Events & Activities

Wed 24

Gallery Talks Series

January 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thu 25

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

January 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 26

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

January 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat 27

GO Wild!

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 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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  • Stoneware Bowl⠀⠀⠀
Marjorie Terry (dates unknown)⠀⠀⠀
Probably 1930s⠀⠀⠀
Terry trained at the Royal College of Art under Staite Murray. This bowl combines vigorous brushwork with subtle effects of colour as bright turquoise evolves into more muted areas of mottled green and brown glaze.⠀⠀⠀
#sundayfeels #sunday #sundayvibes #porcelain #thrown #majorieterry #pottery #pots #ceramic #ceramics #keramik #ceramicart #ceramicartist #proportion #balancedbeauty #craft #handcrafted #making #maker #instapotters #clay #studiopotter #studiopottery #galleryoldham #collection #stonewareart #stonewareclay #designinthedetails #abmcrafty #makersgonnamake ⠀⠀⠀
  • Pot with Red Stripes and Grey Tulips, 1981⠀
Made by Alison Britton (born 1948)⠀
Slab-built earthenware, with inlaid relief and painted decoration⠀
Alison Britton was one of a group of ceramicists that radically transformed attitudes to ceramics in the 1980s. They rejected the 'Leach tradition' which had dominated British ceramics practice since the 1920s and was itself inspired by East Asian ceramics. Alison Britton made pots with slabs rather than the more traditional potter's wheel and was not concerned with making useful pots.⠀
This pot is loosely based on the form of a jug, but it has no handle, or functioning spout.⠀
#Abstract #AlisonBritton #Ceramics #ceramic #instadaily #agameoftones #collection #instamuseum #craft #artsandcraft #craftstagram #instamuseum #simplepleasures #pottery #instapottery #potterylove #ceramics #instahome #instadecor #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #galleryoldham #oldham #artgallery #museum
  • This kingfisher is mounted on a highly decorative stand, made by Fred Stubbs in 1906. Fred Stubbs plays an important part in our museum's history. ⠀
The Naturalist⠀
By George H.Wimpenny (born 1857, died 1939) ⠀
This painting shows Fred Stubbs who was a museum curator in the 1920s. He is working on the natural history collection at the former natural history museum. Wimpenny was a well-known local artist. #naturalhistory #kingfisher #taxidermy #model #bird #taxidermyart #naturalist #curator #heritage #culture #galleryoldham
  • Laurence Stephen Lowry - The Procession (1927) ⠀
A close up of our painting and the people in the Whitsuntide walk. ⠀
For many participants Whit Walks are fondly remembered as the first chance to wear new clothes or a new pair of shoes. ⠀
Whitsuntide, also known as Pentecost, is a Christian festival associated with the Holy Spirit. Whit Monday, the day after Whitsun, remained a holiday in Britain until 1971 when, with effect from 1972, the movable holiday was replaced with the fixed Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May. ⠀
#whitsundays #whitsuntide #lowry #procession #manchester #northwest #gallery #people #oilpainting #painting #portrait #banner #galleryoldham #oldham #heritage #culture #museum #art #artgallery

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