Permanent Displays


Around the building

Gallery Trail Map
You can see items from our collections and a range of exhibitions throughout Gallery Oldham.

Follow our new Gallery Trail which highlights objects of interest around the building.

These include several major pieces of art such as John Collier’s The Death of Cleopatra and the fascinating historic Oldham Panorama of 1876.

This trail map of the gallery (right) shows what is where – click on the image to view at a larger size or download the trail leaflet (PDF)


Foyer exhibit

Foyer displays

The items displayed in our foyer give some idea of the range of objects in our collections.

They include several natural history items, a portrait of Charles Lees who was an important benefactor of the gallery in the 1800s and even a motorbike made in Oldham by Bradbury & Co Ltd in 1915.


First floor landing displays

Works by Lucie Rie (L) and Bernard Leach (R)The Art of the Potter
Since 2007 we have been actively collecting studio ceramics, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures Programme.

Our permanent display The Art of the Potter features a changing selection of work by major potters from the early 20th century to the present.

The display includes pieces to touch and play with, developed in consultation with visually impaired people from Henshaws Society for Blind People.


Mr PunchWhat’s in Store?
These displays curated by staff and visitors are on feature objects from our Social and Natural History Collections.

They include everyday objects from the past, and a number of historical taxidermy specimens.


Oldham Panorama

The interactive Oldham Panorama is one of our most popular exhibits. The original photograph taken in 1876 and the comparison is from 2012. It can be found on our Bridgelink display.