Natural History

Oldham has amazing collections of natural history specimens comprising plants, animals and geology. These specimens originate not just from the area around Oldham but also from much further afield.

Many of the collections are associated with the membership of the Oldham Microscopical  and Natural History Society and Field Club which was founded in 1864 and other with local naturalists and collectors.

Whenever possible these collections are used in exhibitions and additionally form a fantastic resource for education sessions.

The natural history store is regularly open to the public featuring in behind-the-scenes tours and the natural history collection is freely available to view by appointment.

This is just a small selection of our collections:



Patricia Francis,
Exhibition and Collections Co-ordinator,
Natural History
Tel: 0161 770 4863