At the end of November 2019 we showed over 150 people our plans for OMA which will transform the old Library, Museum and Art Gallery into a new Arts & Heritage centre and bring together Gallery Oldham, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Arts Development and Oldham Local Studies and Archive. It also celebrated 25 years of […]
You’re invited to our Transformation Party to celebrate plans for OMA – Oldham’s new Heritage and Arts centre.
Join us on Saturday 30 November to celebrate 25 years of the National Lottery at our second Transformation Party. Lottery funding is an important element of our project to create OMA – a new venue for Arts and Heritage in Oldham. We’ll be having fun all afternoon at Gallery Oldham. Everyone is welcome, and there […]
Work to transform the former Oldham library building into a new state of the art, arts and heritage centre is a step closer following the appointment of the lead contractor. Interserve, the international support services, construction and equipment group, have been chosen to deliver the £13m project and restore the grade two-listed former library and […]
Behind-the-scenes conservation of artwork after the 2018 flood at Gallery Oldham.
Lucy Mascord conserves a taxidermy Red Deer Stag ready for new foyer display at Gallery Oldham.
We’re very busy installing some eye-catching new foyer displays at Gallery Oldham which will be revealed at the exhibition launch this Saturday. Curious to find out about what the new Heritage and Arts Centre will look like and the types of objects that will be on display? This new exhibit will give you a […]
Work on site at the historic former Oldham Library and Art Gallery on Union Street is expected to begin in the spring of 2019. Following a period of surveys and studies on this much loved listed building the ‘green light’ has been given for us to get going on the new Oldham Heritage and Arts […]
A chance to look back to our Transformation Party from April 2017. On that day we showed over 200 people around the old Library, Museum and Art Gallery.
It has been a busy and satisfying year of progress on our Heritage & Arts Centre project. As we reach the end of 2017 it is time to draw breath and take stock of all the achievements we have made so far. And also to look forward to what happens next. The old library and […]
In recent weeks the work on the old library and art gallery building has seen changes from top to bottom. Whether it is removing guano from the roof spaces or carrying out a damp survey in the basement there has been plenty to keep our team of specialists busy. The damp survey wasn’t confined to the […]
The latest stage of work on the old library and art gallery building has enabled us to get a close look at the faces that have stared out from this grand old building since 1883. Our contractors have been using a cherry-picker to carry out some survey work and also took the chance to come […]
In recent weeks the focus of work on the new Heritage & Arts Centre has been at ground level and below. The ongoing survey work has been mapping the services along Ashworth Street and Southgate Street as well as getting a better idea of the composition of the soil itself. In September a large boring […]
The “soft strip” of the old building has revealed many fascinating changes. The work has removed modern features to reveal elements of the building as it would have appeared in the 18oos. For the latest update on our Heritage & Arts Centre project we thought you’d enjoy these films giving a sense of what has […]
Work has continued to strip away decades of modern additions to the old Library & Art Gallery on Union Street. After several weeks the building is now back to its original fabric and long-hidden features have been revealed. These include reopening the lightwell down to the first floor as well as removing the old lift […]
The building work continues to gather pace for our new Arts & Heritage Centre. The continuing ‘soft strip’ entails the removal of all modern services throughout the building, taking the old library and art gallery back to the original Victorian fabric.
Regular visitors might have noticed some visible signs of progress with our project to create a new Heritage & Arts Centre. We handed the old library building over to contractors at the end of April and the next phase of works is getting underway. This an intensive series of surveys that will inform all the […]
Preparation for our Transformation Party is in full swing. Later this month we will hand the old library building over to contractors for their survey works to begin. We are marking this milestone by hosting a Transformation Party on Saturday 22nd April. And we are planning some special souvenirs of the day too. There will […]
The project to create a new Heritage & Arts Centre in the original old library building is about to enter its next phase. In just a few weeks we will hand the building over to contractors for an extensive series of survey works. And to mark this latest milestone we are hosting a Transformation Party […]
We had a special ‘flypast’ this morning as our building project moved up to the next level. A drone was deployed to carry out a photographic survey of the roof of the old Library & Art Gallery before building work starts later this year. Much of the roof and the original lantern lighting will be […]
Eagle eyed visitors might have noticed the first signs of building work on our exciting capital project. Scaffolding has appeared along two sides of the Old Library & Art Gallery building to enable our contractors to fully survey the roof. There were several internal building surveys last year but for many this is the first […]
This week I have been completing work experience at Gallery Oldham and in my time here have explored The Old Library and Museum buildings. From a young age I’ve always had an interest in architecture ranging from structures in foreign countries like Italy to the more local ones in England. Photography has also been a big hobby in my […]
We are delighted to announce exciting news about our future. Oldham Council’s plans to build a new Heritage and Arts Centre have been given the green light after the project was handed a vital double injection of funding. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has now approved a grant of £3.379 million towards the project following […]