Social History

social_historyThis collection is of enormous value as material evidence of the history of Oldham and its people. Almost without exception, each item in the collection was made in Oldham or owned by one of its residents.

It contains items which are unique to Oldham as well as objects of more general interest which reflect the history of the town and its communities.

The collection includes domestic and household items, along with material from local industries.

There are also large specific collections such as archaeology from Castleshaw Roman Fort or an important selection of samplers and other textiles.

As well as historic items we are always keen to collect modern objects that reflect life in Oldham today.


Oldham Panorama

For many visitors the interactive Oldham Panorama is one of their favourite exhibits. The original photograph taken in 1876 and the comparison is from 2012. You can explore it in more detail here.




Sean Baggaley,
Exhibition and Collections Co-ordinator,
Social History
Tel: 0161 770 4662