We’re so thrilled to be bringing you this week’s early years adventure featuring one of our original practitioners, Leonie! Families old and new will know Leonie for her singing and storytelling during GO Baby and GO Explorers. This week Leonie and her two daughters decided to focus on the artwork ‘Small Mollington Knot Cushion’ by […]
As we all dash to the shops for some retail therapy, we’re taking a look at some of the shopping incentives used in Oldham.
Natural connections: Oldham and Stepney Museums are 230 miles apart but were connected for more than one reason in the early twentieth century.
In line with the updated UK Government guidance we are starting to make plans for reopening Gallery Oldham as soon as we can. We still have some work to do behind the scenes to ensure we can provide a safe and welcoming experience for our visitors. We will not be re-opening in July but please […]
During this week’s Remember When? we take a look at the toe tapping beats created in Oldham.
Join us for a journey of discover as Bill Longshaw our Social History Collections Assistant puts the wind back in the sails of a beautiful model ship.
We’ve all being missing sport. For this week’s Remember When? we’re stepping back in time to look at football and cricket in Oldham.
During lockdown we have really missed all of our families who come to play with us on a weekly basis at GO Baby and GO Explorers. We adore having mini art explorers in the gallery and can’t wait to welcome everybody back when it is safe to do so. In the meantime we have some […]
Oldham’s Lockdown Museum is collecting a snapshot of life during the Covid-19 pandemic. This week we are collecting photos or drawings of objects which represent the lockdown period to you.
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Have you always fancied trying life drawing but haven’t had the opportunity to take part? We have the perfect solution. Join our new digital life drawing classes, guided by an artist explore different techniques, drawing nude figures of all shapes and sizes, and creating quick 2 minute sketches to longer held 20 minute poses! And […]
We’ve created some amazing colouring sheets to inspire artlovers. This colouring fest uses popular artwork from our collections and are free to share.
We’re celebrating National Scavenger Hunt Day, we’ve created our very own mini-beast hunt that you can do in your garden. Go Wild! with Gallery Oldham.
One of the most popular items in our collections was unveiled this time last year, the Rothwell Car, as part of the Oldham Accelerate Festival.
Accelerate goes Digital…Buckle up and join us as Oldham Festival of Transport goes digital this Saturday. This weekend we should have been welcoming you all to Gallery Oldham for our annual Accelerate festival, featuring SpareParts Festival, Tame Valley Vintage Car Club and Museum of Transport for Greater Manchester. However, due to the impact […]
Today we’re launching Oldham’s Lockdown Museum, a new digital project to collect a snapshot of what life is like during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our activity this week is inspired by ‘Now the Mill Has Gone’ by Peter Stanaway. Artist Fay will be helping you to explore printing at home using found materials. Using blocks of colour and strong graphic shapes, the artist depicts a street scene in a northern town within this artwork. Born in Manchester in […]
Gallery Oldham’s getting involved with #GetCreativeAtHome to provide some great ideas of how you can get creative at home all based around the Chippy Tea.
The Naturalist by George Henry Wimpenny has always been a great favourite with visitors. We investigate the person, place and specimens in this painting.
Have you always fancied finding out about your family history? Then we have got some great suggestions of how to make a start.
Welcome to this week’s early years adventure with the the team at Gallery Oldham. We’re delighted to bring you this next activity inspired by the work of Cliff Murphy, an Oldham artist who is a firm favourite of staff and visitors alike. This week we’re focusing on Tram on Union Street. The galleries collection holds […]
Every Monday, join us as we delve into the Archive to bring to life Oldham’s past. For this weeks Remember When? we take a look at The Albion pub.
In this week’s Super Saturday adventure we’re helping you to perfect your drawing of figures….using sausages and potatoes.
We are marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day by choosing one object from our collections to look at the links between Winston Churchill and Oldham.
Join us as we bring to light Oldham’s past. In this Remember When? we celebrate our industrial history and take a look at Elk Mill.
Dawn Chorus – Great Science Share The Great Science Share is an annual science festival across Greater Manchester. This year the festival has taken a digital turn an we are excited to release our first blog inspired by the GSS! Each week our blog will focus on a new theme and will use our collections […]
We’ve got all sorts of rainbows at Gallery Oldham. Some in paintings whilst others are light installations where you feel like you’re walking through one.
In this weeks Remember When? we look back at celebrity, Joan Rhodes. Oldham Local Studies and Archives holds many amazing stories about remarkable people. None more so than that of Miss Joan Rhodes.
Our third early years adventure this week is inspired by an oil painting in Gallery Oldham’s collection called ‘Morning in a Wood’ by Harry Watson.
The best thing you can do to make the world a better place is to create a culture of kindness in your own home. Be the shiny example to your family this week and pass a bit of kindness on to the ones that you love.
Since our early years programmes began in 2013 we have had the privilege to work with hundreds of parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, carers and everyone else in between.
Every Monday we’ll be stepping into Oldham’s past for Remember When? Today we’re focusing on that great British establishment…the pub.
Get ready for Spring. We are all in our gardens watching as the flowers open…Take a look at our latest Spring arty activities sheet.
Join us every Monday as we explore Oldham’s history in Remember When? Take a look at the Belgrade Hotel.
We’ve come up with some brilliant Easter ideas for some festive fun over the holidays. You may not be gathering around the dinner table with extended family and friends this Easter but here are some creative fun things to do to celebrate instead.
Our Social History expert Bill Longshaw takes a look at favourite TV character, Andy Pandy….who celebrates his 70th birthday this year.
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.
With schools closed and the kids at home, the question becomes what can I do to keep them busy? Help is on hand. We’ve put together some fabulous crafty ideas to keep your young ones busy.
It’s been a trying season for Oldham Athletic with the season suspended so it’s nice to look back on happier times with Gallery Oldham’s collection.
Now you can enjoy an online version of our Rock Against Racism exhibition at Gallery Oldham. See photographs by Syd Shelton.
Oldham Local Studies and Archives has been awarded the prestigious Archive Service Accreditation.
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Patrick Bell describes his visit to Sounds Like Her exhibition at Gallery Oldham.
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. […]
Exploring my family history with the textile industry through Gallery Oldham’s collections. Discovering Rome Mill, the Lees and textile rollers.
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 […]
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.
Degas’s masterpiece, Hélène Rouart in her Father’s Study, from The National Gallery to be exhibited at Gallery Oldham in 2020.
Find out more about Illuminate 2020 on Friday 21 February and what is going on at Gallery Oldham for this spectacular late-night arts festival.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
You’re invited to our Transformation Party to celebrate plans for OMA – Oldham’s new Heritage and Arts centre.
Today Year 3 pupils from St Thomas Leesfield, Lees, Oldham took over Gallery Oldham.
Join us on Saturday 30 November to celebrate 25 years of the National Lottery at our second Transformation Party. Lottery funding is an important element of our project to create OMA – a new venue for Arts and Heritage in Oldham. We’ll be having fun all afternoon at Gallery Oldham. Everyone is welcome, and there […]
The Gallery Oldham Collective catch up with Diana Terry who artwork Too Close to Home is on display in the Oldham Open 2019. This image has also been used in climate change demonstrations.
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 […]
The Gallery Oldham Collective catch up with artist Howard Jones to talk about his artwork currently display in the Oldham Open 2019.
Family Friendly activities at Gallery Oldham this October half-term.
The Gallery Oldham Collective catch up with artist Titus Agbara to chat about his new artwork Built on Cotton and Coal.
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 […]
This week young people from the Gallery Oldham Collective interview Peter Yankowski about his work The Morrigan currently on display in the Oldham Open 2019.
Learn how to make an origami dog. Simple fun activities in papercraft linked to our On Paper exhibition at Gallery Oldham.
Over the next month young people from the Gallery Oldham Collective will be catching up with some of the artists who are currently showing their work in the Oldham Open 2019. This week they interviewed Justin Hodder.
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 […]