Oldham Local Studies

Find out more about the fascinating history of Oldham at Oldham Local Studies and Archives.

With thousands of maps, photographs, books and an extensive collection of archives recording the history of the borough, this is a unique resource that defines what Oldham is today.

Explore your family history; find out how Oldham has changed with the development of new communities; uncover the story of Oldham from village to cotton capital of the world.

Whether its family or local history you’re interested in, Oldham Local Studies and Archives brings the stories of the past to life.

In preparation for our new home at Spindles the service will close at 84 Union Street on 30 November 2023. A temporary service will operate from Oldham Library in 2024 until the Spindles site is ready. We will not be able to accept new donations or provide access to physical archives during this time. Our digital resources will be available as usual. Find out more about our exciting new plans.

Opening hours

We are open Mondays and Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am–5pm, Tuesdays 10am-2pm, and Saturdays 10am-4pm.

If you are unable to visit in person you may wish to make use of our Research Service.

When visiting in person, we encourage you to consider booking in advance to view our archive collections as this enables us to get everything ready in time for your visit. Booking to use our digital microfilm scanner is essential and may be limited to a one-hour session, depending on availability. Please email us to make a booking.


Oldham Local Studies and Archives,
84 Union Street,
OL1 1DN.
T: 0161 770 4654.
E-mail archives@oldham.gov.uk