Schools

We are so pleased to be able to welcome you all back to Gallery Oldham!

There is nothing like being in the gallery space and we are back taking bookings for in-person school workshops. Not quite ready to visit us yet? There are still plenty of resources available for pupils to explore from the classroom. We look forward to you visiting in the near future!

Learn more about our full offer below.

School visits to Gallery Oldham


We offer both artist and facilitator-led gallery workshops and self-guided visits. These are the topics of our two hour in person workshops for 2022-2023:

  • What Made Oldham the Biggest Cotton Spinning Town in the World? (KS2) – pupils investigate, draw and handle museum artefacts, watch original film footage and explore local archival material. By the end of the session pupils will understand what made Oldham the biggest cotton spinning town in the world.
  • Oldhamers at Work (KS2) – pupils explore our exhibitions to discover what jobs people did in Victorian Oldham. Artefacts and images from a variety of workplaces help bring history to life. With support from an artist, pupils then use replica work day artefacts to create an abstract industrial landscape through ‘mark making’ and printing or learn drawing and craft skills to create a pop-up millscape to take home.
  • Oldhamers by the Seaside (KS1 & KS2) – pupils explore Oldham artist Helen Bradley’s painting, ‘A Summer Afternoon on the Sands at Blackpool’, to learn where and how Oldham people spent their Wakes Week off from work in the mills. Museum artefacts, smells and sensory materials bring the painting to life before pupils create a seaside inspired artwork to take home.
  • Pattern & Print (KS1 & KS2) – pupils seek out the hidden patterns within our building and exhibitions in this artist-led printmaking workshop. After developing their observational and sketching skills in the galleries pupils experiment with printmaking techniques to make their own masterpiece based on the patterns they have found.
  • Art Inspired Poetry (KS2) – pupils explore an original oil painting, ‘The White Mountain’, by Victorian artist William Stott of Oldham. Using pre-chosen literary devices, our facilitator guides pupils to create a verse of poetry in pairs, inspired by the painting. Pupils can perform their poem in front of the painting before choosing another artwork or object to write about in one of our exhibition spaces.
  • Observing & Classifying Animals (KS1) – using our natural history handling collection, a curator will help pupils closely observe, identify and classify animals. Pupils record their findings through drawing and labelling, then discover relevant specimens on a gallery trail. Pupils also learn about the importance of conservation.
  • Classification, Adaptation & Food Chains (KS2) – using our natural history handling collection, a curator will help pupils make careful observations and classify animals using observable features and a key. Pupils then visit the galleries to identify and record the similarities and differences of birds’ beaks and feet. They will also discover how features are adapted to suit lifestyles and habitats.

Our school workshops have sensory elements to them and can be adapted to suit any group.  Find out more about Oldham’s SEND Local Offer.


Excellent organisation. Very welcoming and friendly. Activities appropriate for the age group; an interesting session delivered in an interesting hands-on way – everyone was engaged and enjoyed their learning. Thanks for the resources for the self-guided tour, they were very useful and kept the children on task with their learning.
Year 4 teacher and SENDco, Thorp Primary School


Download the following documents to help you plan your visit.

SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

2021-2022

Gallery Oldham Schools Brochure 2021-2022 (PDF)

SELF-GUIDED VISITS

Self-guided quizzes coming soon!

We also have a wonderful collection of natural objects and sensory materials available for child-led play. This collection is a result of our project with Kingfisher Special School. Find out more through our blog.

If you would like to book a space for your pupils to explore these resources self-guided, please email librariesandgalleryschools@oldham.gov.uk.


THE OLDHAM PLEDGE

A visit to us can help fulfil;

Pledge 2 – To attend regular activities beyond your place of learning.
Pledge 9 – To attend sporting and creative events.
Pledge 11 – To be involved in a cultural or international experience.

Visit The Oldham Pledge website for more information.

Oldham Pledge Passport (Word)


BOOK A GALLERY VISIT

To make a booking for either an artist or facilitator-led workshop or a self-guided visit, please send a completed enquiry form to librariesandgalleryschools@oldham.gov.uk. If you would like to enquire about a visit or have any questions to ask before completing the form please email the same address.

GO Schools and Colleges Group Visit Enquiry Form (Word) (for site visits)

If anybody in the group requires assistance to leave the building during their visit, please state this on your Enquiry Form.

When your booking has been finalised you will receive a Confirmation Form. Please do not arrange transport until you have received this document.

Head to our Pre-visit information page for everything you need to know in advance of your visit. 


You can share your visit with us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

#galleryoldham @galleryoldham


School outreach workshops & resources


LOANS BOXES

We also offer National Curriculum focused, COVID-secure schools loans boxes to explore independently and enhance in-school teaching over a 10-day loan (£50). All boxes contain real or replica artefacts, images, and information linked to Gallery Oldham’s collection and, where relevant, Oldham itself. As part of your booking you will also receive via email a link to a topic video on our YouTube page. Follow a step-by-step guide to doing a creative activity with your class!

  • Prehistoric Oldham
  • The Egyptians
  • Roman Oldham
  • The Anglo-Saxon & Vikings
  • Oldham Remembers (WW1 & WW2)
  • Rocks & Fossils
  • Plants
  • Life Cycles & Food Chains
  • Faiths


LIVE DIGITAL SESSIONS PLUS LOANS BOXES

We offer three 1 hour facilitator-led live digital sessions straight to your classroom. Each session is accompanied by a loans box on a 10-day loan to explore before, during and after the workshop (£100 for max. 35 pupils).

  • Oldhamers at Work – pupils learn about cotton mills, other industries and jobs in Victorian Oldham before making a pop-up millscape
  • Oldhamers by the Seaside – pupils discover how Oldhamer’s spent their Wakes Week holiday in Victorian times before making a pop-up seaside artwork
  • Art Inspired Poetry – pupils learn about Victorian artist William Stott of Oldham and use his painting, ‘The White Mountain’, to create a poem


BOOK A LOANS BOX, OR A LOANS BOX & LIVE DIGITAL SESSION

Please send a completed enquiry form to librariesandgalleryschools@oldham.gov.uk.

GO Schools Loans Box & Live Digital Session Enquiry Form (Word)

When your booking has been finalised you will receive a Confirmation Form.

Please note: our school loans boxes are H105, W50, D50cm.

Head to our Pre-loans box & live digital session page for everything you need to know in advance of your loan and/or live digital session. 

Don’t forget to look at our 2021 Schools Brochure below to see what workshops and resources we can deliver for your class in person at Gallery Oldham. 


SCHOOL POWERPOINT RESOURCES

You can also use our FREE cross-curricular Schools PowerPoints for educational activities inspired by artworks and artefacts from our collections (free to download).

NEW: Artist in Focus
Join us in celebrating artists, their artworks and their achievements with our new Artist in Focus series! Each PowerPoint is dedicated to an artist whose work features in our collection.
Lubaina Himid (PPT)

Famous Artists (PPT)
Women Artists (PPT)
Volcanoes (PPT)
Animals (PPT)
Oldham Goes to War (PPT)

Have a closer look at the Famous Artists and Women Artists artworks in our digital exhibitions on Art UK.

Don’t forget to share what you do by visiting our social media channels @galleryoldham #galleryoldham

Well done to Oldham Hulme Grammar School pupils who created some amazing portraits inspired by our Famous Artists resource!