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Oldham street and mill chimney

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MEETINGS:
Jan - June 2018

at
Oldham Local Studies
& Archives

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Wednesday January 17th

7pm

'The Holiday Show : Oldham
as a tourist destination!
'

by Roger Ivens

Followed by :
'Have Your Say'

An open discussion on the
future programme - what you would like to see and/or is there a talk of your own that you would like to offer?

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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

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Wednesday March 21st

7pm

'Oldham Tank Week'
In February 1918 a tank called 'Egbert' had appeared in Oldham.
'Egbert' had been in the Battle of Cambrai and was now part of a campaign to raise money to pay for the war.

by
Roger Ivens

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Wednesday 18th April

7pm

'Celebrating the Centenary:
Votes for Women Campaigners around Oldham'

by
Jill Liddington,
writer and historian;
author of several books on the
history of Women's Suffrage
& anti-militarism in Britain.

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Wednesday 16th May

7pm

'Sarah Hallam :
An Oldham-born nurse who went to Belgium in 1914, escaped from the German occupation and served near Ypres for the rest of the war.

by
Dorothy Bintley

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Wednesday 20th June

7pm

'Oldham From Above :
Aerial Photos of Oldham'

by
Roger Ivens

 

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

EVERYONE WELCOME

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

However, please check back to this page for any subsequent changes to dates or programme.

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.

There are no subscription or attendance fees.

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:

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Family History at Oldham Local Studies and Archives on Union Street
Local Studies & Archives Website : HERE

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 the resident family history experts will be on hand to help.

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http://www.peterloo-manchester.uk

The Peterloo Massacre took place, in Manchester, on St. Peter's Field, on Monday the 16th August, 1819.

The bi-centenary of the massacre, will be next year, in 2019. Trying to draw together as much new material as possible, we now have a new, dedicated, companion website. HERE

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Oldham heritage Week 2017

OLDHAM HISTORIES FESTIVAL
AND HERITAGE
Open days
Please note: events for 2017 have finished -
reference only

Programme of Events
Events at a Glance

learn more about
Oldham's local history and heritage

4th - 23rd September 2017

Annual event

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Monday 16th August, 1819 -
THE PETERLOO MASSACRE in MANCHESTER
Our own Peterloo Project Pages
HERE with photos from 2016 & 2015
The campaign for a fitting memorial in the city,
for the Bicentenary in 2019,
on the Peterloo Massacre Website, their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Updates: For information on upcoming events visit the Memorial website & facebook.

Thumbnail links to larger pictures
Photographs from 2015 and 2016 HERE

PHOTOS from 2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre
Wednesday16th August in St. Peter's Square
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
John Henshaw
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
Wreath and names of the slain
in St. Peter's Square.
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Sunday 21st August in Albert Square, Manchester

Crowds gathering with name
placards.
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
Christopher Eccleston reads
the Riot Act from a window.
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
Reading the names of the slain.
.2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
Maxine Peake and Christopher Eccleston at the reading of the
names.
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
Maxine Peake interviewed
after the readings
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
John Henshaw and Maxine Peake
supporting the day, as always.
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
The banner / tapestry,
made in 2016, is
unrolled for 2017.
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
Banner / tapestry 2017
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
Banner / tapestry 2017
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
Maxine Peake interviewed
after the readings
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
Maxine Peake interviewed
after the readings
2017 - The 198th Anniversary of the Peterloo  Massacre
Crowds dispersing after the reading
Photographs from Susan Forshaw, Joan Secker Wldoarczyk and Sheila Goodyear

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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

(thumbnails link to larger photos)

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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Oldham street and mill chimney

~~~~~~~2018~~~~~~~

MEETINGS:
July - Dec 2018

at
Oldham Local Studies
& Archives

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Wednesday 25th July
Please note: 4th Wednesday

7pm

'The American Civil War,
Lancashire and the
Cotton Famine '

by
Dr. Gervase Phillips
Principal Lecturer in History, MMU.

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Wednesday 15th August

7pm

'Peace in Oldham?
It seems that the phrase 'Negotiated Peace' invited reprisals and humiliation

An evening in 2 halves:
(i) The Oldham Riot - 1917
by Sheila Goodyear
&
(ii) Local Conscientious Objection
by Dorothy Bintley

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Wednesday 19th September

7pm

'The Seven Holy Crosses
of Oldham'

Talk followed by Discussion

by
Roger Ivens

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Wednesday 17th October

7pm

'A Hard Time We Had Of It:
1918 - Oldhamers
at Home & Abroad
''

A talk
by
John Fidler

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Wednesday 21st November

7pm

'The Women Who said "Yes!" - The first women to stand for Parliament in 1918'

by Dr. Ali Ronan

(Background & introduction
by Sheila Goodyear)

Following Dr. Ronan's exhibition telling the story of the 17 women who stood for Parliament in the 1918 General Election.

Exhibition dates:
People's History Museum, Manchester:
from
2018/07/21 to 2018/09/23

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Wednesday 19th December

7pm

'TBA'

 

 

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