in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibitionOur Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – New Exhibition Coming Soon
In Gallery 3 – Peace and Plenty? Oldham and the First World War
Exciting announcement for Oldham…
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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.

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Latest News

  • The Map in the Newsagents

    A little-known painting by Helen Bradley is the latest addition to our ‘Peace and Plenty’ exhibition. Helen Bradley’s painting ‘It was always sad…’ is a fascinating view of Oldham during the First World War. Intriguingly the focal point of the picture is a map in a newsagent’s window. Helen Bradley is rightly remembered for her […]

  • An Oldham war memorial returns to the town

    A long-lost war memorial has returned to Oldham this month. The roll of honour lists the names of members of the Oldham and District Cop Packers’ Association who died in the first world war. The memorial had previously been in the collections of the Working Class Movement Library who have generously transferred it to Gallery […]

  • Responding to Art Through Heuristic Play

    Gallery Oldham have recently worked with Nic Found (Director of Creative Learning) and Sally Thornley (Play Therapist) of Kingfisher Special School to help children engage with the exhibition ARTIST ROOMS: Richard Long. Pupils explored and responded to Richard Long’s artwork in a workshop using heuristic play in the gallery and Education Suite. Heuristic play is […]

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Events & Activities

Thu 13

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

December 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fri 14

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

December 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Fri 14

Annie Comes Home

December 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Jan 05

Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun

January 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Exhibitions

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

  • Day 9 on the #adventcalendar is a taxidermy specimen of two great grey Shrikes in their winter plumage. 
The great grey shrike is the largest of the European shrikes. Small numbers come to the UK in autumn and spend the winter here. They are very territorial so you're unlikely to see more than one at once. Shrikes are often 'mobbed' by other birds which recognise them as dangerous predators. Keep an eye out for a medium-sized, long-tailed bird sitting at the top of a tree. The black mask and grey plumage are distinctive.

They eat beetles and other insects, small mammals and birds. Food is often stored in a 'larder' by impaling it on a thorn!

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  • Day 8 of our #adventcalendar is James Purdy - Snow on the Hills. 
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  • Day 7 of the #museumadvent is an excellent sketch from Les Johnson's exhibition 'Oh No! Not Another Mince Pie'. Les' quirky take on traditional Christmas card designs puts the mince pie in some very non-traditional settings. Take a look at this exhibition in the community gallery and pick up some of his cards in the gallery shop! 
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  • In November 1914, an advertisement was placed in the national press inviting monetary contributions to a 'Sailors & Soldiers Christmas Fund' which had been created by Princess Mary, the seventeen year old daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. ⠀
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The purpose was to provide everyone wearing the King's uniform and serving overseas on Christmas Day 1914 with a 'gift from the nation'. ⠀
The response was truly overwhelming, and it was decided to spend the money on an embossed brass box, based on a design by Messrs Adshead and Ramsey. The contents varied considerably; officers and men on active service afloat or at the front received a box containing a combination of pipe, lighter, 1 oz of tobacco and twenty cigarettes in distinctive yellow monogrammed wrappers. ⠀
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Non-smokers and boys received a bullet pencil and a packet of sweets instead. Indian troops often got sweets and spices, and nurses were treated to chocolate. Many of these items were despatched separately from the tins themselves, as once the standard issue of tobacco and cigarettes was placed in the tin there was little room for much else apart from the greeting card.⠀
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All boxes, irrespective of recipient, contained a Christmas card and a picture of the Princess. Those which were not distributed until after Christmas were sent out with a card wishing the recipient a 'victorious new year'. ⠀
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One of these boxes is on display in Peace and Plenty? until 12 January. ⠀
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