Gallery Talks and Tours

We’re so please to restart our regular Gallery Talks and Tours, so that we can welcome visitors into Gallery Oldham however we will also continue to provide some online talks for our wider audiences.

Curator Talks via Zoom

Have you always fancied learning a little more about the history of Oldham or Natural History? Have you spotted our monthly gallery talks and tours in the past but haven’t had the opportunity to take part?

We have the perfect solution. Join our new live talks from the comfort of your own home, guided by our expert curators, find out stories from the past and learn about our amazing art, social history and natural history collections! There’ll be a chance to ask questions at the end.

Each month there’ll be a new topic to explore; by taking part you’ll be supporting your local heritage and cultural sector. Talks are free, informal and last around 45 minutes with time for discussion afterwards.


Online Talk | Oldham Rugby League

Red velvet Rugby Great Britain cap owed by Alan Davies

Join Karen Heatley from our collections team and Michael Turner from the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust as we take a look at the fascinating objects in this recently donated rugby collection. Brought together by the Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust over many years, it is recognised as being one of the most important rugby club memorabilia collections in the world. Objects include an array of caps, shirts and medals some of which date way back to the Victorian era. There is something for everyone with a passion for Rugby.

Book your ticket via eventbrite and login details for the talk will be emailed to you a few days before the session. 

Gallery Talk | Wednesday 10 November, 2pm

Volunteer Amber Queally and our art curator Rebecca Hill give an onsite tour of the National Gallery Masterpiece Tour: Degas’s Helene Rouart in her Father’s Study.

Online Talk | Wednesday 15 December, 2pm

The National Gallery’s Associate Curator Laura Llewellyn leads an online presentation about Degas’s Hélène Roaurt in her Father’s Study. (Online booking details will be released nearer the date of the talk.)

Gallery Talk | Wednesday 12 January, 2pm

It’s time to get ready for this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch. So come and take a close onsite look at Oldham’s birds newly displayed in our Oldham Stories Gallery with our natural history curator Patricia Francis.

Gallery Talk | Wednesday 9 February, 2pm

Join an online tour of the Legacies of Biafra exhibition with artist Hassan Aliyu.

Gallery Talk | Wednesday 16 March, 2pm

Join artists Liz Ackerley and Hugh Winterbottom onsite and take a closer look at their work displayed in Landscapes Inside Out.

Gallery Talk | Wednesday 6 April, 2pm

Join our natural history curator Patricia Francis onsite to hear more about seabirds and why they feature in Oldham Stories.