in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibition Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – Natural: History or Oh no, we’ve killed the last Unicorn.
In Gallery 3 – Family Matters
Exciting announcement for Oldham…
Our Collections

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.

Map and visitor information

Latest News

  • Transformation Party revisited

    A chance to look back to our Transformation Party from April 2017. On that day we showed over 200 people around the old Library, Museum and Art Gallery.

  • Now fully open!

    Following the disruption caused by a flood earlier in March we are pleased to announce that Gallery Oldham will fully reopen for business from Easter Saturday (31 March). However please note that our lifts have not yet been repaired.

  • Plans for a phased reopening

    It’s been all hands to the pump at Gallery Oldham over the last two weeks! And we are now preparing to reopen after disruption caused by a flood in the building. The exhibitions will remain closed until 24 March although we will restart some activities in the run up to this date.

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Lifts and Accessibility

The Gallery will be fully open again from Saturday 24th March

Unfortunately for the first couple of weeks there will be no lift in operation at the Gallery.

We will let you know when the lifts are expected to be working again, so please keep checking the website for updates.

Events & Activities

Wed 25

Gallery Talks – Natural:History

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thu 26

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

April 26 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fri 27

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

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

FREE Papercraft artist-led workshop

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 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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Gallery on Instagram

  • Its officially a year since our transformation party (we don't know how its happened either..!) but to celebrate we're having a tranformation week on our insta!

We had a sneak peak early last  week to see how the buildings changed and oh how it has! We hope you enjoy this next week of images as much as we enjoyed taking them! Don't forget to check out our blog for more info and images of our redevelopment project. 
#oldham #transformation #urbanexplorer #explore#architecturelovers #galleryoldham #artgallery #museum#hiddentreasures #hlfsupported #heritage #culture#oldham #igersmanchester #oldbuilding #transformationparty #excitingtimesahead #shadow #darkandlight #shadowhunters
  • Just another ceramic Sunday... Trevor Corser 
After national service with the Household Cavalry, Trevor had hitchhiked to St Ives from his home town of Oldham, where he was brought up by his mother, Emily, on her own, when his father left early in his childhood. He took with him a lifelong love of jazz, some experience in jazz promotion and an interest in fishing. At first he joined crews for mackerel fishing off the coast around St Ives or Penzance, and took diving trips to wreck sites.

Trevor became an adopted son of St Ives, where his distinguished employer, Bernard Leach, who used to offer supper to the potters, served him tripe on the grounds that this was what he was accustomed to. Trevor learned from Leach as he developed his own language and style for the individual pots that the team were allowed to make after the day’s arduous shift. But he learned most from William Marshall, one of the finest studio potters in St Ives. In time, Trevor became a fine mentor to many young potters who were apprenticed there.

Trevor’s pots sat squarely in the Leach Pottery tradition, taking their shapes and glazes from Japanese, Chinese or Korean originals.

#inspiremyinstagram #trevorcorser  #corservase #leachpottery #trevorcorservase #ceramicsunday  #ceramics #instadaily #agameoftones #collection #instamuseum #craft #artsandcraft #craftstagram #simplepleasures #pottery #instapottery #potterylove #ceramics #instahome #instadecor #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #galleryoldham #oldham #artgallery #museum
  • Allow Your Friends to Meet Your Enemies (2011)
By Lubaina Himid

Allow Your Friends to Meet Your Enemies (2011) is part of Kangas from the Lost Sample Book, a series of diptychs for which Himid drew inspiration from the Whitworth Gallery’s @whitworthart collection of twentieth-century East African kangas, as well as from her own. The paintings echo the various patterns and motifs of the textiles, and feature invented slogans that reference Swahili sayings found on traditional kangas; in this case ‘Allow Your Friends to Meet Your Enemies’. A collaged portrait accompanies the painting, imagining the woman who might have owned the kanga. The Kangas series explore the historical relationship between the Greater Manchester textile industry and its East African wearers, and hence address the movements of cultures and commodities, including its related trauma. @lubainapics. Pictured in our ‘Oldham Stories’ Gallery which is currently celebrating the centenary of suffrage #suffrage100 .

Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2016 

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  • Guess who this glitzy little number belongs to? Oldhams own, Mark Owen! He was born in Oldham in 1972.  At the age of just 18 he joined the boy band Take That and was soon launched on a hugely successful pop career.  He wore this shirt on tour with the band in the mid 1990s. 
@markowenofficial @takethat 
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