Pre-visit information

We look forward to welcoming you, your colleagues and your pupils to Gallery Oldham!

This page should tell you all you need to know for a gallery visit, however, if you do have any unanswered queries please do not hesitate to contact the Learning Assistant via phone 0161 770 5431 or 0161 770 4643, via email sophie.watt@oldham.gov.uk or through Firstclass.


What to expect

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

Your School Visit (PPT)

We strongly suggest you make a preliminary visit to the gallery to familiarise yourself with the building, its spaces, facilities, and exhibitions, and to conduct your own risk assessment. Please find Gallery Oldham’s Risk Assessment for school visits below.

School Visit General Risk Assessment (PDF)

Our Education Team are always happy to meet in advance with teachers to discuss your visit and your needs, offer advice and share ideas about future work. Please contact our Learning Assistant, Sophie Watt via email sophie.watt@oldham.gov.uk to book an appointment.


What to book and bring

If you are visiting with your class for a self-guided visit, we may be able to offer clipboards, pencils and cloakroom facilities for school groups. Only pencils or coloured pencils can be used in the exhibition spaces. Please let Sophie know what you require in advance via email sophie.watt@oldham.gov.uk or call 0161 770 5431.

Please note our self-guided quizzes will need to be printed for the class and brought with you. All materials used in school workshops are provided.

Please also bring to the gallery an up-to-date register of your group including children, teaching staff & parents. This will be required in the event of an emergency evacuation.

Bookings can be made with Sophie in advance and where possible for a lunch space. Food and drink is not permitted in the public gallery spaces.


Photography

If your visit is a trial workshop, part of a project or a special event, and you are able to provide Gallery Oldham with photography consent for your class, you will need to complete a Schools Photo Permission Form.

Please note you may not be able to take your own photos of your pupils in some exhibition spaces due to copyright issues surrounding loaned works on display. Please check with the gallery team if photography is permitted in the areas you wish to photograph. Teachers and pupils are allowed to take photographs in the Education Suite.


Travel

Did you know your class 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)


During your visit

Please note the lead teacher is responsible for the class at all times and must not leave the school group without a member of staff from your school for any reason. Should it be necessary to leave the group during a led session, we ask that you please inform the workshop leader and confirm which member of school staff holds responsibility in your absence.


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

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