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 […]
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.
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 […]
Whilst exploring our collections, Patricia our natural history curator, came across this poem by the Saddleworth poet Ammon Wrigley (1861-1946)
Our touring show, Zarah Hussain’s Light Upon Light, opens in Rugby on 18 Sept. We talk to Zarah about the inspiration behind her new artworks.
Make your own miniature garden in a bottle using mosses with artist Anthony Hall.
Inspired by the collectors who donated mosses to the museum, Anthony Hall shares his trail around Snipe Clough on the search for specimens.
Inspired by mosses in Gallery Oldham’s collection, Anthony Hall shares his trail around Park Bridge on the search for new specimens.
Inspired by our moss collection, Anthony Hall shares his woodland trail around Daisy Nook Country Park on the search for new specimens.
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 […]
One of a series of blogs written by Anthony Hall who is exploring the secret life of moss specimens in our natural history collection.
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?
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 […]
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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 […]
Gallery Oldham is excited by young people’s take on the world, we want to create opportunities for discussion, exploration and creation of new work and change. As part of our […]
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.
Volunteer Francine McMahon shares three works in our collection which now seem really different as a result of the changes our lives have been through.
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 […]
New exhibition ‘Art of the Everyday’ by Manchester Academy of Fine Art opens at Gallery Oldham from 18 May 2021.
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 […]
Over the past twelve weeks Oldham Youth Service have been busy working with young people digitally across Oldham to create and deliver an amazing Lockdown art club called I <3 […]
Artist Antony Hall is beginning a three-month project to explore the secret life of historical moss specimens in our natural history collection.
The perfect chance to use air drying clay! It’s a great material for crafting 3D artworks from beads to games, today we’re creating Bee Pots.
Mud painting is a fun way to explore nature and get a little bit messy! Join Gallery Oldham as we take an adventure outside and get creative.
Join artist Alison Cooper and Gallery Oldham in this easy step-by-step guide to make paper flowers inspired by our art collection.
As part of Spring Thing find out more about the bees at Gallery Oldham and join in our fun quiz.
Our Natural History curator gives you some top tip on how to grow your sunflower in one of our amazing Spring Thing activities.
Recycle your old newspaper and practise your origami skills by making these simple and very useful plant pots!
Join Oldham Libraries for a Peter Rabbit Treasure Trail this Easter as part of our Spring Thing activities.
Peter Rabbit trail letter clues for you to have fun treasure hunting at home.
Our Spring Thing Arts Award Discover at Home is a get way to explore art and get hands-on whilst getting a qualification.
At the start of the pandemic Clare Bamforth moved from her role in Oldham Council’s Mental Health Team to working at the PPE hub. Here is her poem Once Upon A Year Ago.
Gallery Oldham has been collecting material that will show future generations how Oldham lived through the global Covid-19 pandemic.
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Tricia Golden shares a snapshot of the changes to her life in the last year, as part of our Lockdown Museum: One Year On series.
There’s more than chocolate to look forward to this Easter. Gallery Oldham have got lots in store for you this holiday with Spring Thing.
Artist and activist Rabia Begum talks to Oldham’s Lockdown Museum about the impact of lockdown on her daily life in Oldham.
Mark Woodcock from Oldham Communities Leisure shares his experience of the impact of the pandemic on his working life.
It’s a year since lockdown started & our Oldham’s Lockdown Museum was born. We catch up with Kashif Ashraf as he looks back at the last year.
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It is a whole year since lockdown began and some of the contributor’s to Oldham’s Lockdown Museum are reflecting on the last year. Here’s Digital Trainer, Andy Powell’s story.
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To mark the anniversary of lockdown, we have contacted some of the Oldham Lockdown Museum contributors and asked them to reflect on the last twelve months. Here is artist Janis Bowie’s story.
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Liam from Positive Steps talks about some of the challenges he has faced in the year since the first lockdown began.
Samantha Hickling shares her experience of working at Alexandra Park Primary School.
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 […]
In the second of our blogs about Patti Mayor, MA student Alexandra Cosmé shares more of the story of Patti Mayor’s life.
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.
We are asking you to send us written records of your life in Oldham during the last year of the pandemic. Lesley Reece submitted this poem to Oldham’s Lockdown Museum. […]
Ultraviolet light reveals alien-like colors and fairy sparkles in seemingly normal plants to attract bees.
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Darwin Day marks the birthday of naturalist Charles Darwin. We’re celebrating his achievements by exploring some of the plants his studied.
Warm up this winter – Curator Bill Longshaw takes a look at bed warmers in our collection as part of #GoCosy.
Gran’s put together a simple guide for you to follow to create your own puppets, have a look at her film for extra help.
Gallery Oldham are having fun creating a colourful window painting. It’s a lovely technique which anyone can try – brighten up your Lockdown.
These simple tealight holders use only a few materials to help Light Up your Lockdown!
Anyone of any age can create light painting art, photographer Tim Simpson shares his top tips for Light Up Lockdown.
What’s more cosy than a Rocking Chair? Sitting comfortably, Gallery Oldham’s Curator Bill Longshaw, will tell you more.
Oldham resident Rosetta Ceesay worked in Gambia during the Ebola epidemic, which meant she was more prepared for life here during the Covid-19 pandemic than many of us. Here she shares what she learnt during her time in Gambia, and how it has shaped her approach to lockdowns in Oldham.
We’ve got lots in store for you this February half-term. Get ready for Light Up Lockdown, a week-long celebration of creativity and light.
From the 1st – 7th Feb we are celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week and sharing some of our favourite resources which support children and young people. Since 2015 Place2Be have […]
We explore Oldham’s answer to Horlicks and Ovaltine.
Join our new Curator talks online from the comfort of your own home.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This year we’re celebrating Christmas with a difference at Gallery Oldham with a Window Wonderland installation and Reindeer Parade Trail.
Joan Stott shares her personal experience of living through the first part of the pandemic. He went to bed last night muttering and complaining but it’s not as if you […]
Why not join us as we wrap up warm and #GoCosy at Gallery Oldham this winter
Following the latest Government lockdown guidance, we will be closed from Thursday 5th Nov and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
10 artists sought to create a magical Window Wonderland trail in Oldham Town centre.
We take a look at Len Johnson and the Pan African Congress which took place in Manchester, 1945.
We take a look at our shared histories as part of Black History Month. This guest blog is by Matthew Dean of The Cotton Connection podcasts.