Pass it on

In December 2018, The Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The award was to help the Trust to prepare the donation of their impressive rugby league memorabilia collection to Gallery Oldham. To mark the successful completion of the project a special celebration event takes place this Saturday, 7 December.

The Pass It On project will ensure the long term preservation of this historically important collection which is recognised as one of the best in the world in either code of rugby. The funding has allowed for everything to be carefully packed, photographed and catalogued. Full cataloguing will also make the items more accessible to researchers and digitisation will bring these objects to a wider audience via a fantastic new website.

The task has been realised thanks to the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with the help of several volunteers and the cooperation of the staff at Gallery Oldham and the Oldham Local Studies and Archive.  

Michael Turner of the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust said “this project is called Pass It On as this is exactly what we are doing. The collection will be accessible to future generations of rugby fans and preserved as part of Gallery Oldham’s collection. In short the collection will benefit from being located in a proficient, professionally maintained, museum environment.”

Sean Baggaley of Gallery Oldham said “this is one of the most generous donations the gallery has ever received. It is fantastic that the Trust was able to access National Lottery funding to repack and catalogue these items before donating them. This is an important addition to our collections and will feature in our displays and exhibitions in the years ahed.”

The Pass It On project is due for completion in December 2019 and will coincide with the opening of the new website for the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust. A launch event to celebrate the conclusion and success of the project will take place in the Education Suite at Gallery Oldham on Saturday 7 December from 11am to 2pm.

The Mayor of Oldham has accepted an invitation to attend and we hope to see many representatives from the Oldham ex-players association. Everyone is invited to attend and the Trust would be glad to see a good turn out for this event.