in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibitionOur Collections
Half-term is almost here!
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – You Get Me? by Mahtab Hussain
Coming soon in Gallery Three: From Waterloo to Peterloo
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

  • The Oldham Open – Call for Entries

    The Oldham Open 2019 The Oldham Open exhibition is for artists of all ages who live, work or study in Oldham. As we prepare for its return this September we are sending out a call for entries. Pick up your paintbrush, fire up the kiln and get snapping with that camera. This is your chance to […]

  • William in Maturity

    Part of a series of blogs about artist William Stott of Oldham, focusing on his later career.

  • William and travel:

    Part of a series of blogs looking at the life of artist William Stott of Oldham and focusing on travel.

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Events & Activities

Thu 23

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

May 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fri 24

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

May 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat 25

Art Bites

May 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Tue 28

Holiday fun at Gallery Oldham

May 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 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

  • Ready for your Sunday dinner this weekend, take a look at this beautiful meat platter. This serving dish is decorated with the immensely popular willow pattern which depicts a sad love story.⠀
In China, lay a small town with a king who ruled selfishly for years on end. He increased taxes and if a family was too poor, he would charge double. He had a daughter Mai but she had a secret ... she and the gardener Chang were deeply in love. Now the king kept Mai in a tower with an entrance to a magnificent garden and every night two doves would carry small messages between them.⠀
An old lord named Sou-yang who was very rich but very ugly said he would pay millions of rubies and gold pieces for Mai's hand in marriage. The king agreed.⠀
On the day of the wedding Chang had plans of his own dressed as a bus boy, he came into Mai's chamber and they ran away. After several years of living together happily and marrying, the king found them and commanded his guards to throw both Mai and Chang into a huge labyrinth. Eventually they starved and died in each others arms, but the gods saw their sad story and raised them in the form of immortal doves. Now they will live together for all eternity.⠀
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  • Have a look at these exquisite handbuilt porcelain cups and bowl produced by Mary Rogers.⁣⠀
Mary Rogers was born in Derbyshire in 1929 and studied at Watford Art School, St Martin’s in London and Loughborough School of Art, close to her first pottery studio. ⁣⠀
Rogers was one of the most admired of the generation of stoneware and porcelain hand-builders producing interesting work in the 1960s onwards. Her delicate pieces reflect organisms that you may find find on the sea bed or forest floor. ⁣⠀
Acquired for the Gallery Oldham collection via the Mary Edmonds bequest, through the Art Fund, 2004.⁣⠀
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  • Enjoying your Bank Holiday? Flying in with an amazing fact today... it's Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913) who you need to thank. He introduced the Bank Holiday Act in 1871, he also opened Oldham's original Library, Art Gallery and Museum in 1883. ⁣
Lubbock was a respected scientist, author, banker and Liberal politician and fought to improve labour laws. Originally there were only 4 bank holidays in England, 4 more were introduced in the 1970s.⁣
But what's the connection to the wasp? Lubbock owed a pet wasp which he caught in the Pyrenees and kept until it died 10 months later. He describes learning to feed and stroke it without getting stung. ⁣
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  • This black basalt teapot, also known as Egyptian Black, was made in Leeds and dates from around 1820. ⁣
Beautifully decorated with strawberries and leaves, the neck features grapevines and the missing handle would have been 'ear' shaped with a acanthus leaf moulding on top.⁣
The earliest black basalt originated in Staffordshire in the mid eighteenth century but it was Wedgwood who refined it and reinvented it in 1770.⁣
Black basalt was produced by many major potteries; this was shown in the Leeds Pottery Pattern Book. ⁣
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