Oldham Historical Research Group
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As a group we are active and interested in :

* Transcribing & Indexing archive materials.

* Recording oral histories, especially those attached to work memories.

* Researching topics of personal interest.

* Promoting interest in the history of Oldham and the surrounding towns.

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Welcome to the Oldham Historical Research Group
We are a small group of people who have a strong interest in
researching the history of Oldham and the local towns & areas.

The Group meets at 7pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Check the 'News Page' for the programme and any changes of date.

Meetings are held in the Oldham Local Studies and Archives,Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN
Visitors and new members always welcome. There are no subscription charges.

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LOCAL STUDIES & ARCHIVES, UNION STREET
The Local Studies Library has periodically changing displays of photos, ephemera and artefacts assembled from the Archive Collections.

Phone: 0161 770 4654
Local Studies & Archives Website : HERE

Times of Opening

Monday & Thursday
10am - 7pm
Tuesday
10am - 2pm
Wednesday & Friday.
10am - 5pm
Saturday
10am - 4pm

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OLDHAM HRG

WW1
MEMORIAL PROJECT
from 2014 to 2018

'WORLD WAR ONE'
'THE GREAT WAR'
'THE WAR TO END WAR'

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In early 2014 we started a WW1 Memorial Project, on this website, not to glorify war but to remember and honour sacrifice, both at home and on the battlefield, with particular reference to our own Oldham and surrounding district.
Much had already been written and published about those 4 terrible years ... about battle strategy; the politics that drove it; a generation of young men decimated; the famous personages of the time; selfless and heroic deeds. Thanks to the digital age of the computer, and the surge of interest in researching family history on the internet, we can now more easily learn about the lives of our ancestors who fought, and often died, on the battle fields of the 'War to end War'. They weren't always heroes; they were sometimes reluctant conscripts, but they were our family members and it was our mothers and grandmothers who had wept for their fallen husbands and sons.

There are few families, today, that don't have a well-worn photo of a young man, in uniform, who went off to war amidst cheering crowds and didn't return or, if he did return, came back as a very different person. In a small way, our group wanted to try and breathe some life into the memory of those who 'took the king's shilling'; the women who worked tirelessly on the Home Front to support and comfort loved ones away from home; and those men and women who spent the years in battle zones caring for the wounded.

Our aim was to commemorate and honour the men and women, of our wider Oldham district, who were mostly known only to their loved ones. For this purpose we needed to collect copies of the ephemera that still remained. Our hope was to give each of our soldiers a page or pages, that told their story, or just remembered a name, and gave some substance to their memory.

Of course, as time went by, we found there was more and more we wanted to investigate and add. One of the most significant additions was that of Conscientious Objection and the campaigns for peace. Yet another was that of the overlap with the issues of women's suffrage, and the wider role of women in the war. The project began to assume a life of its own and, for some of us, became a labour of love.

There will still be some edits to the pages but now, as 2019 approaches, the project has reached a natural conclusion and we will no longer be asking for your contributions. We wish to thank everyone who has contributed to the pages or sent us messages of appreciation. As the webmistress, it has given me the greatest pleasure and satisfaction to help bring our project to fruition.

Menu page for the Project, HERE

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