Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibition Collections
Summer holiday creative activities
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – Edgelands: Emilie Taylor
In Gallery 3 – A Curious Turn
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

  • Is this James Johnson?

    The current exhibition in our Community Gallery celebrates the 150th anniversary of Oldham Photographic Society. Amongst the many fascinating images on display, one photograph shows a young man of African descent who would have made quite a journey to walk the streets of Victorian Oldham.

  • Planning for the future

    The building work continues to gather pace for our new Arts & Heritage Centre. The continuing ‘soft strip’ entails the removal of all modern services throughout the building, taking the old library and art gallery back to the original Victorian fabric.

  • 150 Years of Oldham Photographic Society

    The latest exhibition in our Community Gallery runs from 15 July to 2 September. It celebrates the history of Oldham Photographic Society which was founded in 1867 and today can proudly claim to be one of the oldest photographic societies in the world.

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Events & Activities

Wed 23

Gallery Talks Series

August 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thu 24

Fusion: Arts workshops for 11 – 16 year olds

August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thu 31

Fusion: Arts workshops for 11 – 16 year olds

August 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sep 02

Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun

September 2 @ 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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Gallery on Instagram

  • Salt Pot, Mustard Pot and Pepper Pot by Ruth Duckworth. 
They are a stoneware, slip cast with a speckled oatmeal glaze. 
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  • Albert Goodwin (1845 -1932) was a prolific artist, producing over 800 works and continuing to paint well into his eighties. His wide variety of landscape subjects reflected his love of travel and show the influence of Turner, with whom he felt a strong affinity.⠀
At the age of 15 his first painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy. In later works he developed experimental techniques such as using ink over water color to achieve atmospheric lighting effects. His works are also an important record of social history.⠀
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  • Along the Shore by Joseph Edward Southall may have been painted over 100 years ago, but we still think it's the perfect snapshot of a beach scene! 
This painting, along with many more, are available as prints from the fantastic @artukdotorg online shop! 
Let's hope it's a sign if the weather getting a little better! 
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