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Abraham Stott: Mill Owner by Alison Jones

In this series of blog posts research volunteer Alison Jones uncovers the life of William Stott of Oldham, from his early childhood through to his artistic career follow Alison’s journey. The 1870s and 1880s was a period of great expansion in Oldham’s cotton industry.  Cotton waste dealers were often in key positions to take advantage […]

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William Stott is born; by Alison Jones

William Stott is Born. It was at Rhodes Bank on the 20.11.1857 that William Stott was born. His brother, James Stott, aged 7 died on the 23rd February 1858.. James is buried at Chadderton Cemetary, which opened in 1857 and the family were able to afford a plot and headstone just off the main path. […]

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Green Light for Oldham Heritage and Arts Centre

Work on site at the historic former Oldham Library and Art Gallery on Union Street is expected to begin in the spring of 2019. Following a period of surveys and studies on this much loved listed building the ‘green light’ has been given for us to get going on the new Oldham Heritage and Arts […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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