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Reopening Oldham Local Studies and Archives

We’re very pleased to announce that Local Studies and Archives will be able to welcome visitors back into their search room from Wednesday 7 October. This will initially be a […]

Surprising Connections: Oldham Lockdown Museum

We launched Oldham’s Lockdown Museum https://galleryoldham.org.uk/exhibitions/oldhams-lockdown-museum/ back in May, and Oldham’s Lockdown Letters in August, with the aim of collecting your photos and written responses to life in our area […]

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Announcing our reopening

On Wednesday 2 September Gallery Oldham opens to the public for the first time in over five months. During the month of September this opening will be on a part-time basis.

Early Years Adventure – Faces

This week we’re taking our inspiration from ‘Portrait of Two Sisters’ by artist Aneela Majid, this is an oil painting in the galleries art collection. Majid, a former student of […]

Early Years Adventure – Story Festival

This week’s early years adventure is brought to you by the fantastic Oldham Theatre Workshop as part of their new Summer Story Festival. This sizzling summer special story festival features […]

Photo: Nextwavearts micro commission – OPEN

Nextwavearts micro commission – OPEN

We are delighted to announce that our first young person’s micro-commission programme is now open for applications. NEXTWAVEARTS has been created by Gallery Oldham and Oldham Arts Development to support […]

Early Years Adventure – Dens

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 […]

Making plans for reopening

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 […]

Life Drawing goes digital!

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 […]

Super Saturdays: Colouring our collection

We’ve created some amazing colouring sheets to inspire artlovers. This colouring fest uses popular artwork from our collections and are free to share.

Object In Focus: Rothwell Car

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.

Oldham Lockdown Museum Launch

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.

Photo: Early Years Adventure: Printing At Home

Early Years Adventure: Printing At Home

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 […]

#GetCreativeAtHome: Chippy Tea

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.

Painting reveals a hidden Oldham Story

The Naturalist by George Henry Wimpenny has always been a great favourite with visitors. We investigate the person, place and specimens in this painting.

Family History at Your Finger Tips

Have you always fancied finding out about your family history? Then we have got some great suggestions of how to make a start.

Early Years Adventure: Tram on Union Street

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 […]

Remember When? The Albion

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.

Object in Focus for VE Day anniversary

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.

Remember When? Elk Mill

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.

Great Science Share – Dawn Chorus

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 […]

Walking through a rainbow

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.

Remember When? The Mighty Mannequin

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.

Super Saturdays: Be Kind Activities

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.

Exploring GO Explorers

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.

Remember When? Druid Arms Pub

Every Monday we’ll be stepping into Oldham’s past for Remember When? Today we’re focusing on that great British establishment…the pub.

Super Saturdays: Spring Surprise

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.

Remember When? Belgrade Hotel

Join us every Monday as we explore Oldham’s history in Remember When? Take a look at the Belgrade Hotel.

Super Saturdays: Easter Activities

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. 

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.

Super Saturdays: What to do to keep the kids busy?

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.

Fun Fact Friday: Oldham Athletic Football

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.

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. […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

On a Roll

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

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]