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Heritage Open Days 2017

This September is the latest annual Oldham Histories Festival and Heritage Open Days. This is your chance to find out more about the people, places, buildings and stories in your area.

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Is this James Johnson?

The current exhibition in our Community Gallery celebrates the 150th anniversary of Oldham Photographic Society. Amongst the many fascinating images on display, one photograph shows a young man of African descent who would have made quite a journey to walk the streets of Victorian Oldham.

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Planning for the future

The building work continues to gather pace for our new Arts & Heritage Centre. The continuing ‘soft strip’ entails the removal of all modern services throughout the building, taking the old library and art gallery back to the original Victorian fabric.

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150 Years of Oldham Photographic Society

The latest exhibition in our Community Gallery runs from 15 July to 2 September. It celebrates the history of Oldham Photographic Society which was founded in 1867 and today can proudly claim to be one of the oldest photographic societies in the world.

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Flying the New Union Flag

On Friday 14 July we are hosting a fantastic touring art installation. The New Union Flag project by the artist Gil Mualem-Doron aims to reimagine the Union Jack and acknowledge and celebrate the communities that contributed to the UK’s cultural legacy. Re-created with fabric designs from all over the world the New Union Flag transforms the […]

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Bee Day!

Saturday 15 July sees the return of our popular Bee Day. 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. They have made great use of the green library roof and produced delicious honey […]

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Remembering the Battle of the Somme

On Saturday 1st July 2017 Oldham Theatre Workshop in association with Oldham Local Studies and Archives will be performing their acclaimed immersive theatre experience ‘Sides of Silence: Remembering the Battle of the Somme.’ The play follows the journey of a group of men from their home town of Oldham to the battlefields of France. The […]

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A new project gets off to a great start…

Our new project ‘Encountering the Unexpected’ began last Sunday evening at the Oldham Anglo West Indian Club. Gallery Oldham staff and our helper ‘Primrose’ were warmly welcomed by the community. We introduced ourselves and told the members a little about our special project. Then we introduced Primrose, who led a short talk and demonstration about […]

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The portacabins have landed

Regular visitors might have noticed some visible signs of progress with our project to create a new Heritage & Arts Centre. We handed the old library building over to contractors at the end of April and the next phase of works is getting underway. This an intensive series of surveys that will inform all the […]

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