A love letter to Oldham

Between 2018 and 2020, arts organisation Arc worked in partnership with Gallery Oldham on a community project to celebrate what makes Oldham special, with support from the National Lottery Heritage […]

Photo: The return of the Devil’s Fireplace

The return of the Devil’s Fireplace

This grotesque and unusual fireplace must be one of the strangest items in the Gallery Oldham collections. It has been a part of the Gallery collections since 1938 and many older visitors might have memories of seeing it on display. After a recent restoration project, the fireplace is now back on show to fascinate a new generation.

Gathering Moss

The natural history collection at Gallery Oldham is much more than a store of objects; it’s an ongoing process. Over the years, many of the specimens were donated to the […]

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Let’s be heard

Alessandra Merizzi has written this blog about the latest exhibition in our Community Gallery. The exhibition runs from 17 July until 4 September. Let’s Be Heard is a group of […]

The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour: Degas

We’re using Hélène Rouart in her Father’s Study by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas by as a springboard for conversation. Is this really a portrait of Hélène or her father? How are women represented in our collections? And, who are the women in these paintings?

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Festival Oldham 2021

We’re delighted to announce Festival Oldham is back! The borough’s free celebration of art and entertainment takes place on Saturday 24 July 2021 in Parliament Square in Oldham Town Centre […]


Photo: Brick by Brick exhibition opens 26 June

Brick by Brick exhibition opens 26 June

Our latest exhibition is sure to be popular with LEGO® fans – whatever their age. The Brick by Brick exhibition, which runs from 26 June to 4 September, gathers the […]

Moss is not the enemy

One of a series of blogs written by Anthony Hall who is exploring the secret life of historical moss specimens in our natural history collection.

Mindfulness with Gallery Oldham

Mindfulness is a type of meditation that focuses your awareness on the present moment. As we develop awareness of our surroundings, the breath, the body, our thoughts and emotions, we […]


Eid Mubarak! To celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, Thursday 13th May 2021, we have some fun online activities to suit all the family. Learn how to make some tasty recipes brought to […]

Future Everything: This Place [of mine]

Oldham, as with many other towns in Greater Manchester has a long history of the High Street being a venue for social interaction and change. From sharing a portion of […]

Photo: Picturing a pandemic: Anniversary of Lockdown

Picturing a pandemic: Anniversary of Lockdown

On the first anniversary of lockdown, curator Rebecca looks back at some of her favourite photos which have been submitted to Oldham’s Lockdown Museum in the last year. When we […]

Photo: Remembering Patti Mayor, the artist activist

Remembering Patti Mayor, the artist activist

This is one of two blogs marking International Women’s Day, exploring the artist Patti Mayor and her legacy. This blog has been written by Francine McMahon, a post-graduate student currently studying MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies at The University of Manchester. Prior to this, Francine did an undergraduate degree in Philosophy. She is currently on placement at Gallery Oldham working as a collections researcher. Francine’s interest in the relationships between art, design and social history are explored in this post, looking at them through the theme of women’s rights protests.

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Photo: #Go Cosy: Bed warmers

#Go Cosy: Bed warmers

Warm up this winter – Curator Bill Longshaw takes a look at bed warmers in our collection as part of #GoCosy.


Photo: Counting down our top blogs of 2020

Counting down our top blogs of 2020

Although our galleries were closed for much of last year, we welcomed more visitors than ever to our website. We hope that many of you will continue to enjoy our […]

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 […]

Photo: Oldham’s Lockdown Museum: writing

Oldham’s Lockdown Museum: writing

Since May, you have been sending us your photos and words to help us capture life in Oldham during the pandemic. Here, David Ryder shares a poem he wrote during […]

Lockdown Update

Following the latest Government lockdown guidance, we will be closed from Thursday 5th Nov and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.


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 […]