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.

Opening arrangements

We are currently offering a limited service to visitors who need access to our collections for their research. Visitors will be required to book their visit and order their documents, including archives, books, pamphlets, and microfilms, in advance. Visitors only wishing to use computers will also be required to book in advance. Please contact us via phone or email.

We have produced a series of documents to help you plan your visit and book the resources that you require. Please do look at these as they should answer all your questions and help you to make the most of your visit.

What to expect. A useful Q&A

Quick Step-by-Step Guide for your Visit

Introduction to Registration

Coronavirus Charter

Registration Form

Document Request Form

Opening hours

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

Booking is essential and no visitors will be admitted unless they have booked.


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