Oldham Historical Research Group

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

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Individually, members are currently undertaking research in the following areas:

* Policemen & the Oldham Police force.

* Police Firemen & Firemen.

* Greenacres.

* WWII bombing of Oldham.

* WWII Home Front especially women at war.

* History Of Oldham's Workhouses.

* History of Oldham Town Centre Shopping.

As a group we are also active in further areas, including.

* Transcribing & Indexing archive materials.

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

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

* Educating people in historical research and improving their use of the archive material available.

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1914 - 1918 :


1914 - 1918




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Information Page for Project:
1914 - 1918 :

It can't have escaped anyone's attention that the year, 2014, is the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of a war that became known as, 'The Great War' or 'World War 1'. England entered the lists in the first week of August and there were high hopes that it would be over by Christmas. However, more than four long years would drag by as more countries joined the battle and millions of men lost their lives fighting for what was trumpeted as a 'patriotic cause'.

Much has 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 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 member and it was our mothers and grandmothers who had wept for their fallen 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 wants 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.

As an on-going project, we would like to create web pages 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 will need to collect copies of photos, letters and cards; leaflets and programmes from fund raising activities; photos of medals, ribbons, memorabilia and souvenirs and anything else that gives subrstance to their memory.

Whether you have just one photo or numerous items, we want to include as much as we can and would love to hear from you.

We have made a start and you can see the menu page for the Project, HERE


Visit the Information Page to contact us and find out more about this project.

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 Local Studies and Archives, Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN
Visitors and new members always welcome.

For more information contact John (0161 270 3231) or Roger (0161 770 4654)

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