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.


Local History Oldham Historical Research Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 7pm. For anyone interested in local history. Upcoming talks include:

16 October: The Flu Epidemic of 1918-1919 in Oldham

20 November: The Manorial History of Chadderton – Chadderton Hall

18 December: The Sholver Plane Crash of 1936
Oldham Paleography Group 
The O.P.G meet every fourth Saturday of the month, 10 – 11.30am for anyone interested in reading and deciphering original documents from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Displays and Special Events

Oldham Histories Festival and Heritage Open Days
9 September – 6 October
From talks to walks there’s plenty to discover at Oldham’s annual festival of heritage. Look out for more information and the free event brochure published in August.

Health in Oldham before the NHS
5 October

A fascinating new display looking at medical provision in Oldham before the advent of the National Health Service in 1948.

Ben Brierley
October 2019 – March 2020
A display looking at Ben Brierley, the famous Lancashire dialect writer born in Failsworth.

Family history
Oldham Local Studies and Archives organises a variety of events to help with your family history. Expert family advice is available every Monday and Wednesday, 2–4pm.


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

Opening hours

Monday and Thursday 10am–7pm,
Tues 10am–2pm,
Wed and Friday 10am–5pm
Sat 10am–4pm