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Oldham street and mill chimney

2017

MEETINGS:
Jan. - June 2017

at
Oldham Local Studies
& Archives

Wednesday 18th January

7pm

'The Oldham Master Plan
and the New Oldham
of the 1960s - 1970s
'

by
Roger Ivens

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Wednesday 15th February

7pm

'John Knight -
The Royton Radical'
& Leader of the Oldham Contingent at Peterloo

by
Jeremy Sutcliffe

Read it HERE

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Wednesday 15th March

7pm

'The History of Hartford Mill'

by
John Burlison

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Wednesday 19th April

7pm

'Mannocks, Prockters & Holdens -
Oldham Cotton Spinners '

William Hartley will talk about his new book ,
'Lancashire Cotton Spinners - a fortune made in the mills'
"He relates how the firms of Kirkham and Mannock and James Stott Ltd., both based in Oldham, made fortunes for the families. Vale Mill, Marsland Mills, Coldhurst Hall and the Mellodew Mills at Moorside will all figure."

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Wednesday 17th May

7pm

'Remembered Still
The Life of Samuel Laycock
'

by

Rita Vaughan

With the oppotunity to buy her book of the same title.

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Wednesday 21st June

7pm

'Passengers on the Titanic'

by
Barrie Egan

 

NEWS & WHAT'S ON,
AT THE GROUP & ELSEWHERE

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Family History at Oldham Local Studies and Archives

There are also regular Family History Advice Sessions every Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm. There's no need to book. Just turn up with all the information you have and our resident family history experts will be on hand to help.

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Oldham Theatre Workshop:
Sides of Silence
: Remembering the Battle of the Somme

On Saturday 1st July 2017 Oldham Theatre Workshop in association with Oldham Local Studies and Archives will be performing their acclaimed immersive theatre experience 'Sides of Silence: Remembering the Battle of the Somme' which was originally performed in 2016 to mark the centenary of the battle of the Somme.The play follows the journey of a group of men from their home town of Oldham to the battlefields of France. One soldier from Royton, Private R Blomley of Royton, of the 22nd Manchester Regiment recorded his experiences in a letter published in the Oldahm Standard on 14 July 1916:

I am well considering what I have just gone through. I suppose you have read about the big success we have had. We were the first lines over in one part of the line. We got on the top, but I don't want to go through anything like it again. You know the lad I had my last leave with, Alfred Oliver. I am sorry to say that he has gone under. He was shot through the ears. The nights are awful, I can tell you. I cannot write very much now, but if I am spared I will let you know more. I and the lad I 'palled' on with at Etaples are still together, having come through safely. I hope that we can remain safe and sound. Keep smiling and waiting for my return, as we will have some jolly times together some day. I did not think for a moment I should have had another letter to write home when I got to the top to see them falling on either side of me, but I thank the dear Lord as I want you to thank Him that I am still alive. I will close now with best love and respects to all. . . .It was the first time I had been in the first line trenches to hold them. When we had to go over for the advance you can imagine what a sensation it would be.

The performance also commemorates the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the most controversial battles of the First World War. Over half a million men were killed or wounded during the battle which became notorious for the scale of its casualties and the horrors of the Flanders mud.

Sides of Silence: Remembering the Battle of the Somme

The performance lasts about 45 minutes and will take place in the recently refurbished Egyptian Room of Oldham Town Hall, Greaves Street, Oldham.

There will be three performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm followed by refreshments.

Places are strictly limited so if you would to take part in this unique event please book your place by contacting :

Oldham Local Studies and Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN;
tel: 0161 770 4654;
e-mail: archives@oldham.gov.uk

There will be a small charge of £2.00 payable on the day.

About the Battle of the Somme on this website HERE

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Oldham Photographic Society's 150th Anniversary Exhbition :

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Oldham Photographic Society's 150th Anniversary Exhbition :
'A Victorian Society'

At Gallery Oldham, Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, OL1 1AL

Opening Ceremony with the Mayor of Oldham and the President of the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union,
on Saturday 15th July at 2pm in the Community Gallery.
All welcome.

Exhibition runs from 15th July until the first week in September

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Oldham heritage Week 2014

OLDHAM HISTORIES FESTIVAL
AND HERITAGE
Open days

Programme of Events
Events at a Glance

learn more about
Oldham's local history and heritage

3rd - 23rd September 2016
Ended

Annual event
This brief programme remains for future guidance only.

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Monday 16th August, 1819 -
THE PETERLOO MASSACRE in MANCHESTER
Our Peterloo Project Pages
HERE
The campaign for a fitting memorial in the city,
for the Bicentenary in 2019,
on the Peterloo Massacre Website, their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Update: For information on the 2017 event visit the Peterloo Massacre Website.

PHOTOS from 2016 - The 197th Anniversary of the Massacre

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Peterloo Marchers arrive in the city

Marchers arrive in the city

Maxine Peake reads the names of those killed at Peterloo

Maxine Peake reads the names of those killed at Peterloo & Paul Mason reads Henry Hunt's letter to the people.

The blank Peterloo Commemoration Tapestry in the Friends' Meeting House

The blank Commemoration Tapestry in the Friends' Meeting House

The Peterloo Commemoration Tapestry in the Friends' Meeting House

The Mayor stitches the centre icon to the canvas.
Contributors stitch their memorial pieces to the Tapestry.

The Peterloo Commemoration Tapestry in the Friends' Meeting House

Our contribution to the Tapestry - a photograph of William Rowbottom's Diary entry describing what happened on Peter's Field.
(with transcript of passage)

Peterloo tapestry Albert Square, 2016

The Tapestry on its first official
outing in Albert Square, Manchester.
16th August 2016

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PHOTOS from Sunday 16th August 2015 - The 196th Anniversary of the Massacre.

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Monday 16th August, 1819 - The Peterloo Massacre in Manchester.

Contemporary Print

Sunday 16th August 2015 - The 196th Anniversary of the Massacre.

1884 photograph of Failsworth Veterans of Peterloo, at the 'Great Reform Demonstration'

Failsworth Veterans of Peterloo

Sunday 16th August 2015 - The 196th Anniversary of the Massacre.

2015 Anniversary

Sunday 16th August 2015 - The 196th Anniversary of the Massacre.

2015 Anniversary

Sunday 16th August 2015 - The 196th Anniversary of the Massacre.

2015 Anniversary

2015 Event photos courtesy of Michael Sweeney

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St.Thomas C of E School, Werneth - WW1 Display
St.Thomas C of E School, Werneth - WW1 Display

St.Thomas C of E School, Werneth - WW1 Display

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These photographs were sent to us by Gordon Lees and show the foyer of St.Thomas C of E School, Werneth.

It is a beautiful and eye-catching display commemorating the men from the Parish who lost their lives in the Great War. Poppies great and small, made by the children, frame the memorial crosses, the record of their sacrifice and the poems written by the children.

There are also excerpts taken from a School Log Book, and copied from the years in which the servicemen died.

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How we helped a Memorial Plaque from the First World War to find its way home to family 35 years after it was bought in a scrapyard.

Read the story HERE

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Oldham Past Times

Archived Newsletters of Oldham Historical Research Group

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EVERYONE WELCOME
Oldham Historical Research Group meets on the third Wednesday of the month, from 7pm until 9pm at Oldham Local Studies and Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN,

The aim of the group is to encourage an interest in researching any aspect of the history of Oldham and the locality.
If you want to know more, just come along to any or all of our meetings - everyone is welcome and there is no commitment.

If you are researching some aspect of local history, or have completed research, and would volunteer to give a talk to the Group, we would love to hear from you.
Contact us via the website email address:

There are no subscription or attendance fees.

Please check back to this page for any change to dates or programme.

Oldham street and mill chimney

2017

MEETINGS:
July - Dec. 2017

at
Oldham Local Studies
& Archives

Wednesday July 26th
Please note: 4th Wednesday

7pm

'Wheels in Oldham and Beyond'

by

John Holmes

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Wednesday August 16th

7pm

'3rd Battle of Ypres - 1917
Passchendaele '

With reference to Edward Garside Whitehead,
Grenadier Guards;
Guards Machine Gun Regt.
A volunteer at Hollinwood.
Killed in action on the first day
at Pilckem Ridge.
He is remembered on
The Menin Gate.

by
Sheila Goodyear
his great niece.

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Wednesday September 20th

7pm

'Courage or Cowardice?
Oldhamers in World War One
who were reluctant or who refused
to take up arms
'

by
John Fidler

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Wednesday October 18th

7pm

'The Women's Peace Crusade'
1917 - 1918

See the film and meet :
author Dr. Alison Ronan who will be talking about the project in which volunteers in Oldham & other nearby towns researched the local events. The result of this work can be seen in the 20 minute film and accompanying book.
Read more HERE

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Wednesday November 15th

7pm

'St, Thomas' Church, Werneth'

by Gordon Lees

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Wednesday December 20th
Christmas Meeting

7pm

'TBA'

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Wednesday January 17th

7pm

'TBA'

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Wednesday February 14th
Please note: 2nd Wednesday

7pm

'A Victorian Society :
Oldham Photographic Society -
The First 150 Years'

Continuously from
May 1867 - 2017 and to date

A talk by the author,
Christine Widdall

When photography was still in its infancy, a group of photographers from Oldham and District met at the Hare and Hounds Inn, Yorkshire Street, and founded the 'Oldham Photographic Society'. These are their stories seen against the story of photgraphy and Victorian society.
Read more HERE

Gallery Oldham Exhibition:
details HERE

 

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