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 outreach workshops & resources


LIVE DIGITAL SESSION PLUS LOANS BOX

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


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


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

Please send a completed enquiry form to Sophie Watt, Learning Assistant, sophie.watt@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!


School visits to Gallery Oldham


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.


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



Download the following documents to help you plan your visit.

SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

2021-2022

Gallery Oldham Schools Brochure 2021-2022 (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 sophie.watt@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 Sophie Watt, Learning Assistant, sophie.watt@oldham.gov.uk. If you would like to enquire about a visit or have any questions to ask before completing the form please email Sophie or call 0161 770 5431. Please note, due to a split of working from home and in the office, Sophie may not receive your call. Please email if you are unable to get through.

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