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Remember When? Co-op in Oldham

Today, our corner shops and food stores are working hard to make sure we can buy essentials. Take a moment to look back at the Coop… one of our most familiar and oldest established retailers.

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Coronavirus update: 19 March 2020

The Gallery will be closing at 5pm today and will not reopen until there is a change in UK government advice.  Oldham Local Studies and Archives is also now closed. Oldham Council have a full page of local updates and advice which you can find here. Oldham Library will remain open to allow access to […]

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Happy Global Recycling day!

Happy Global Recycling day! At Gallery Oldham we don’t just recycle, we up-cycle! Our Social History Curator, Bill Longshaw, has found several objects that are no longer appropriate for use in the Gallery but instead of just getting rid of them we’re giving them to artists who are turning them into art!

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Coronavirus update: 16 March 2020

Coronavirus Public Information Update: 16 March 2020 We want  Gallery Oldham to be a safe place for visitors, staff, and volunteers. We are following the advice of Oldham Council and UK government over our approach and want to keep you updated. Visiting Gallery Oldham At present our opening hours remain unchanged and ask that you follow […]

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Rock Against Racism

Our latest exhibition opens on Saturday 14 March. Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism explores the musical movement through the key years between 1976 and 1981. Syd Shelton spent time capturing the movement through photography and this important display of his work captures the spirit of the times. The exhibition revisits the energy of Rock Against […]

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Sounds Like Her – Artist’s Review

As part of the wonderful ‘Sounds Like Her‘ touring exhibition, currently on display until 7th March. We’re delighted to bring you a new review series by local creatives. Inspired by the exhibition one of our fantastic visitor services team has recorded a podcast completely inspired by Sounds Like Her. Give her piece a listen by […]

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The Moon has landed! at Queen Elizabeth Hall

The Moon has landed!  Queen Elizabeth Hall Oldham tomorrow. Illuminate will take place as planned this Friday 21 February but due to the high winds ‘Museum of the Moon’ will now be relocated to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, West Street. View this mesmerising Giant Illuminated Moon throughout the evening. Friday 21st February 6 – 9pm. […]

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On a Roll

Exploring my family history with the textile industry through Gallery Oldham’s collections. Discovering Rome Mill, the Lees and textile rollers.

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See Oldham in a New Light

We’ve mentioned it already but we are really excited about this year’s Illuminate Festival! This is the fourth Illuminate Festival and is your chance to see Oldham town centre in a new light. An opportunity to witness some mesmerising installations and dazzling performances. If you haven’t experienced Illuminate before then this film from last year […]

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February Half-term Activities

February 2020 Half-Term family fun activities at Gallery Oldham get creative and join in the fun, have a go at spirograph soundwaves and making a mobile.

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Art UK shop

Find out more about Art UK and how to buy your favourite prints from Gallery Oldham’s and other public art collections across the UK.

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Telling Stories – Objects Out of their Box

To celebrate National Storytelling Week we’re launching a project to tell new stories. Bill Longshaw looks after the Social History collections at Gallery Oldham. Here’s his story….. My name is Bill Longshaw and my job at Gallery Oldham is to look after the Social History collections. As well as all kinds of art and natural […]

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Photo: Transformation Party revisited

Transformation Party revisited

At the end of November 2019 we showed over 150 people our plans for OMA which will transform the old Library, Museum and Art Gallery into a new Arts & Heritage centre and bring together Gallery Oldham, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Arts Development and Oldham Local Studies and Archive. It also celebrated 25 years of […]

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Pass it on

In December 2018, The Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The award was to help the Trust to prepare the donation of their impressive rugby league memorabilia collection to Gallery Oldham. To mark the successful completion of the project a special celebration event takes place this Saturday, […]

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Conservation on display

Guest blog by paintings conservator Elizabeth Jowett My latest project is working with Gallery Oldham to conserve paintings from their collection that were damaged in a flood. The variation in severity of damage is vast, with some paintings really badly affected by direct contact with water, while others have been damaged by the humidity. I […]

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Photo: Work set to start on OMA

Work set to start on OMA

Work to transform the former Oldham library building into a new state of the art, arts and heritage centre is a step closer following the appointment of the lead contractor. Interserve, the international support services, construction and equipment group, have been chosen to deliver the £13m project and restore the grade two-listed former library and […]

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Interview with Kevin Haynes and the Oldham Open

We’ve been very busy this week installing the Oldham Open which is due to open on Friday 20 September. Over 300 works were submitted and approximately 260 pieces will be included in the exhibition. I caught up with local artist Kevin Haynes, who has two new paintings in the exhibition this year. His picture I’m […]

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Gift shopping? Try our shop

Looking for a special gift or a treat for yourself this summer? Why not visit our shop in the foyer for a range of crafts, cards, children’s toys and Oldham souvenirs to suit all pockets.   We’re proud to stock a unique selection of textiles, ceramics and hand-crafted jewellery created by local artists and craftspeople. […]

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Songs and Ballads of Peterloo: Talk by Dr Alison Morgan

Don’t miss Dr Alison Morgan fascinating talk about songs and ballads linked to Peterloo based on her new book at Gallery Oldham on 24th July 2019 at 1pm.   Dr Alison Morgan’s book, Ballads and Songs of Peterloo, is the first to gather more than 70 contemporary songs and poems about the massacre in a […]

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Bee Day!

Saturday 20th July sees the return of our popular Bee Day at Gallery Oldham from 1-4pm. This is your chance to find out more about the Gallery’s most popular residents. We’ve been delighted to host a hive of bees on our second floor balcony since 2015 and last year we welcomed a 2nd hive. They […]

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Fishing for Family History

Fishing for her family history, Angela Dingle’s visit to Gallery Oldham brought her face to face with a picture of her great-great grandfather, William Barber. Angela’s relative was quite a character. Born in 1829, he worked as a fisherman in St Ives. He lived in Pudding Bag Lane in poverty with his wife and their […]

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Discover Your Family History

  Have you hit a brick wall in your family history research? Did Great-grandad disappear and no-one spoke about him again?  Is there a rumour that Great-great grannie married against her father’s wishes and went to live in London? Perhaps you are just starting out and need a little help to find your way through […]

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New exhibition – The Art of Science: Taxidermy by Jack Fishwick

  Opening tomorrow is our exciting new exhibition The Art of Science: Taxidermy by Jack Fishwick. For Jack Fishwick taxidermy is an art form. But it is art based on a deep understanding and careful observation of the natural world. From a very early age he was fascinated by natural history and had a passion […]

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From Waterloo to Peterloo

Our latest exhibition marks 200 years since the notorious Peterloo Massacre. ‘From Waterloo to Peterloo’ explores the many stories linking Oldham and its people with the historic events of Peterloo.

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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 […]

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Maud Franklin

Part of a series of blogs by Alison Jones investigating the life of artist William Stott. This focuses on model Maud Franklin and her relationship with Whistler.

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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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Photo: ‘You Get Me?’ exhibition launches on 9 March

‘You Get Me?’ exhibition launches on 9 March

Artist Mahtab Hussain’s exhibition ‘You Get Me?’ is the latest exhibition to open at Gallery Oldham.  The series of portraits focuses on the changing identity of young, working-class Asian men and boys in contemporary Britain.

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Meet artist Dave Ball

Join us on Saturday 9th February to meet artist Dave Ball and enjoy a tour of his exhibition. Dave is seven years into a 35 year project to make an image for every word in the dictionary. We are currently showing the letters A – C, which are the first 1,771 drawings and photographs. Dave will […]

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