Oldham Local Studies

Find out more about the fascinating history of Oldham at Oldham Local Studies and Archives.

With thousands of maps, photographs, books and an extensive collection of archives recording the history of the borough, this is a unique resource that defines what Oldham is today.

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.

Whether its family or local history you’re interested in Oldham Local Studies and Archives brings the stories of the past to life.


Local History Oldham Historical Research Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 7pm.

17 October: A Hard Time We Had of It: 1918
post-office-local-studies Oldhamers at Home and Abroad
21 November: The Women Who Said ‘Yes’: The First
Women to Stand for Parliament in 1918
19 December: The History of Hathershaw Hall
16 January: The Health of Oldham in the 19th Century
27 February: Rugby League in Oldham
20 March: Indian Partition, 1947

Displays and Special Events

Oldham Histories Festival and Heritage Open Days
4 – 23 September
From talks to walks there’s plenty to discover at Oldham’s annual festival of heritage. Look out for more information and the free event brochure published in July.

Health in Oldham before the NHS October
A fascinating new display looking at medical provision in Oldham before the advent of the National Health Service in 1948.

Family history
Oldham Local Studies and Archives organises a variety of events to help with your family history. Expert family advice is available every Monday and Wednesday, 2–4pm.


Oldham Local Studies and Archives,
84 Union Street,
OL1 1DN.
T: 0161 770 4654.
E-mail archives@oldham.gov.uk

Opening hours

Monday and Thursday 10am–7pm,
Tues 10am–2pm,
Wed and Friday 10am–5pm
Sat 10am–4pm