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 from 7 October

We’re very pleased to announce that we will be able to welcome visitors back into our search room from Wednesday 7 October. We will be 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

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Opening hours

We are open Wednesday to Friday from 10am – 5pm

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

Contact

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