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2017

MEETINGS:
July - Dec. 2017

at
Oldham Local Studies
& Archives

Wednesday July 26th
Please note: 4th Wednesday

7pm

Unfortunately, our talk,
'
Wheels in Oldham and Beyond'
by John Holmes has had to be postponed.
Instead, the talk will be,
'Living in a Slum'

by
Roger Ivens

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Wednesday August 16th

7pm

'3rd Battle of Ypres - 1917
Passchendaele '

With reference to the local soldiers who were killed & Edward Garside Whitehead,
Grenadier Guards;
Guards Machine Gun Regt.
A volunteer at Hollinwood.
Killed in action on the first day,
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

Quiz Night -
Oldham's History ...
People, Places, Events etc.

Something for all of us ... lots of easy question, some for the good 'guesser' and some a little more challenging!!

put together by
Sheila Goodyear

(refreshments as well!)

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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 heritage Week 2017

OLDHAM HISTORIES FESTIVAL
AND HERITAGE
Open days

Programme of Events
Events at a Glance

learn more about
Oldham's local history and heritage

4th - 23rd September 2017

Annual event

Links below take you to a readable page.
Paper copies wlll be available at the Local Studies and Archives on Union Street and from the Libraries after the 25th August.

Oldham heritage Week 2017
Page 8

 

Oldham heritage Week 2017
Page 9

 

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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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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.

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MEETINGS:
Dec - June 1018

at
Oldham Local Studies
& Archives

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

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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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April

'TBA'

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Wednesday 16th May

7pm

'Conscientious Objection
in Oldham - after the
Military Service Act of 1916
'

by
Dorothy Bintley
Read more on our website
HERE

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June

'TBA'

 

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