School visits

Whilst pupils cannot visit Gallery Oldham at the moment we are delighted to bring our school workshops to you!


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 at the Seaside – pupils discover how Oldhamer’s holidayed 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

Don’t forget to look at our 2020-2021 Schools Brochure below to see what workshops we can deliver for your class at Gallery Oldham in future.


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.

  • Pre-historic Oldham
  • The Anglo-Saxon & Vikings
  • Roman Oldham
  • The Egyptians
  • Rocks & Fossils
  • Plants
  • Life Cycles & Food Chains


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

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!

Book a live digital session and/or loans box

Please send a completed enquiry form to Sophie Watt, Learning Assistant,

GO Schools Loans Box Enquiry Form (Word)

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.
Michelle Pollitt, Year 4 teacher and SENDco, Thorp Primary School

Gallery visits

We can’t wait to welcome you all back to Gallery Oldham when we reopen!

We offer both artist and facilitator-led gallery workshops and self-guided visits. 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.

Download the following documents to help you plan your visit.

School workshops


Gallery Oldham Schools Brochure 2020-2021 (PDF)

Self-guided visits

A Local History Study; Oldham Panorama Quiz (PDF)
Oldham Stories Quiz Lower KS2 (PDF)
Oldham Stories Quiz Upper KS2 (PDF)
Natural History Quiz Year 1 (PDF)
Natural History Quiz Year 2 (PDF)
Natural History Quiz Year 4 (PDF)
Natural History Quiz Year 6 (PDF)

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 contact Sophie Watt, via email or phone 0161 770 5431.

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 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 Sophie Watt, Learning Assistant,

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

If you would like to enquire about a visit or have any questions please email Sophie or call 0161 770 5431.

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

Pre-visit information


Did you know you can visit Gallery Oldham using the tram? Your school group can also travel for less with Metrolink’s Kids for a Quid scheme. Book tickets in advance and pay with card or cheque. Please see the flyer below for details.

Kids for a Quid with Gallery Oldham & Metrolink (PDF)

Please read these documents before you visit Gallery Oldham.

Teacher’s Information Pack (PDF)
School Visit General Risk Assessment (PDF)
Detailed Risk Assessments for each workshop are available from Sophie on request.

You can also introduce your class to Gallery Oldham and talk them through their visit using this presentation.

Your School Visit (PPT)


All materials used in school workshops are provided. We can also offer clipboards, pencils and cloakroom facilities for your group if you are visiting us self-guided. Please let Sophie know in advance via email or call 0161 770 5431.

If your visit is a trial workshop, part of a project or a special event, you will need to complete a Schools Photo Permission Form.

Schools Photo Permission Form Oldham Council (PDF)

Don’t forget to share your visit with us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

#galleryoldham @galleryoldham