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, 7pm.

19 April: Mannocks, Proctors and Holdens – Oldham Cotton Spinnerspost-office-local-studies
26 July: Wheels in Oldham and Beyond – Oldham Buses
16 August: Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres in 1917
18 January: The new Oldham of the 1960’s and 1970’s
15 October: The Womens’ Peace Crusade: 1917 – 1918

Displays and Special Events

Oldham Central Library: Dr Yates Folly 
From 1 April
The development of the old library in Oldham, using photographs and other documents in a display which will highlight its impact on the town’s cultural life.

Oldham and the Battle of Passchendaele 
From 31 July
A display reflecting Oldhamers experience of one of the major campaigns of the First World War.

Oldham Histories Festival and Heritage Open Days
4 – 23 September
From talks to walks there’s plenty to discover at Oldham’s annual festival of heritage. Look out for more information and the free event brochure published in July.

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