Oldham Local Studies

Find out more about the fascinating history of Oldham at Oldham Local Studies and Archives.

With thousands of maps, photographs, books and an extensive collection of archives recording the history of the borough, this is a unique resource that defines what Oldham is today.

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.

Whether its family or local history you’re interested in Oldham Local Studies and Archives brings the stories of the past to life.


Local History Oldham Historical Research Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

19 October: The Kenney Family of Springheadpost-office-local-studies
16 November: A history of Oldham’s Jewish Community
21 December: Quiz Night – The history of Oldham
18 January: The new Oldham of the 1960’s and 1970’s
15 February: John Knight: Oldham contingent at Peterloo
15 March: The history of Hartford Mill

Displays and Special Events

Oldhamers in World War One
Sat 26 November, 10.30am–3.30pm
A series of talks and stories illustrating the experiences of Oldham men and women in World War One.
Advance booking required.

Sir Douglas Haig’s Great Push
Until 28 January
A display showing how Oldham and Oldhamers were affected by the Battle of the Somme, one of the defining moments in British history.

Oldham Central Library: Dr Yates Folly
From 30 January
The development of the old library in Oldham, using photographs and other documents, and its impact on the town’s cultural life.

Family history
Oldham Local Studies and Archives organises a variety of events to help with your family history. Expert family advice is available every Monday and Wednesday, 2–4pm.


Oldham Local Studies and Archives,
84 Union Street,
OL1 1DN.
T: 0161 770 4654.
E-mail archives@oldham.gov.uk

Opening hours

Monday and Thursday 10am–7pm,
Tues 10am–2pm,
Wed and Friday 10am–5pm
Sat 10am–4pm