News

Facing the future

The latest stage of work on the old library and art gallery building has enabled us to get a close look at the faces that have stared out from this grand old building since 1883. Our contractors have been using a cherry-picker to carry out some survey work and also took the chance to come […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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Heritage Open Days 2017

This September is the latest annual Oldham Histories Festival and Heritage Open Days. This is your chance to find out more about the people, places, buildings and stories in your area.

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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.

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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.

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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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Flying the New Union Flag

On Friday 14 July we are hosting a fantastic touring art installation. The New Union Flag project by the artist Gil Mualem-Doron aims to reimagine the Union Jack and acknowledge and celebrate the communities that contributed to the UK’s cultural legacy. Re-created with fabric designs from all over the world the New Union Flag transforms the […]

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