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Online
MEETINGS
on Zoom :
January - June 2021

Registration is essential

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Wednesday 15th January

* Lighthearted, fun Oldham themed quiz;
* The Oldham Trams
* Chatting to new online visitors and deciding an initial programme

Booking on Eventbrite.

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Wednesday 17th February

at 7pm

'The Amazing MARY HIGGS:
Student, pioneer, wife and mother
, undercover tramp and social reformer

An illustrated talk
given by
Carol Talbot
Author of 'The Amazing Mary Higgs' and of 'Working-Class Suffragette, the Life of Annie Kenney'

Booking on Eventbrite
HERE

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Wednesday 17th March

at 7pm

'It is our duty clamorously and unceasingly to agitate.' (Phillis Annie Skinner, editor, Manchester Conscientious Objectors Journal August 1918)"

Piecing together the life and times of socialist, anti-fascist and antiwar agitators J.Allen Skinner (1890-1974) and Phillis Skinner (1874-1950),
from Conscientious Objection and imprisonment in WW1, anti-fascist work in the 1930s to Direct Action against nuclear weapons in the 1950s and 60s, using M15 papers and other ephemera.

An illustrated talk gven by
Dr. Ali Ronan

Booking on Eventbrite
HERE

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Wednesday 21st April

at 7pm

'Cotton, Curry and Commerce , the History of Asian business in Oldham'

an illustrated talk given by Kashif and Mohammad Ashraf.

Booking on Eventbrite
HERE

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Wednesday 19th May

at 7pm

'15 minute shorties'
Three of our members will give short, 15-20 minute presentations on a subject of personal interest:

* From Ashton-u-Lyne to Bugsworth ... a history of the Peak Forest Canal.
an illustrated talk given by
Sheila Goodyear

* 'Joseph Travis of Oldham, grocer - and witness to Peterloo'
an illustrated talk given by
Anne Grimshaw

* 'Dr. Olive Claydon' ...
an illustrated talk given by
Dorothy Bintley

Dr. Olive Claydon was born in 1876. She was a pioneering woman doctor, and the first female GP in Oldham and worked to improve the lot of impoverished mothers and their babies. She supported women's suffrage and was a Committee Member of the Oldham Women's Suffrage Society.

Booking will be on Eventbrite
HERE

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Wednesday 16th June

7pm

'Johannes Georg Wilhelm Gruban ... a German manufacturer of munitions, in Oldham during WW1'

an illustrated talk given by
Dorothy Bintley

Booking will be on Eventbrite

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

Oldham Historical Research Group & The Coronavirus Outbreak

UPDATE

From January 1st, 2021 ... Monthly meetings will be held online until 2022

As there is little possibility of meetings being resumed, in the normal way, in the foreseeable future, our meetings will be held online on the zoom app. If you wish to join one of the online meetings it will be necessary for you to register a place, through Eventbrite, so that you can be sent a link, for the meeting, in advance.

Zoom is being used increasingly for this purpose and we held a 'tester' meeting in January, on the 3rd Wednesday (the 20th) at 7pm. We were very happy with the response and were able to welcome our regular visitors as well as new local ones and several from outside our district who would have been unable to join us in normal circumstances.

As at all our meetings, there is no membership subscription and they are completely free to attend.

As already noted, one of the advantages of holding online meetings is that we can welcome anyone, with an interest in the local and family history of our district, to join us, from anywhere in this country or the wider world ... and they will always be most welcome.

If you need more information, please email me at ...
and I will do my best to help.

If you are new to zoom then you might wish to have a look at these two help sheets (.pdfs) HERE and HERE which will guide you through downloading the app and familiarising yourself with it.

Once you have registered for a talk on Eventbrite, you will receive a confirmation email, a reminder a couple of days before the event and a meeting link on the day before. This is your own link and should not be made public or shared with any other person.

We hope to welcome you to our meetings

Sheila Goodyear.

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If your interest is in family history alongside local history, then you might like to visit the Oldham & District Branch pages, on the MLFHS aka 'Manchester Ancestors' website.
The normal FH monthly meetings, with talks, have also been cancelled for the foreseeable future so the decision was taken to hold the meetings using the zoom app.
The Oldham & District Branch Meetings, with talks, will be online on the 2nd Saturday of each month and are free of charge. Details are to be found on their website pages along with a full programme for 2021. HERE

Registration for the talks is on the Eventbrite page, for Oldham & District Branch, HERE

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Oldham Local Studies & Archives ... Coronavirus Update

Oldham Local Studies & Archives
As always, check their website pages for more recent changes.

From their website pages HERE and HERE

Link to the online catalogue of the Oldham Heritage Collections HERE

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

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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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Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society (MLFHS) has an Oldham Branch which meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month, offering a varied programme of talks. Free to members, and non-members £3. Venue and programme are on the website. There is also a digital monthly Oldham Branch Newsletter which you can read on-line, or for which you can sign up, HERE
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Oldham heritage Week 2019

OLDHAM HISTORIES FESTIVAL
AND HERITAGE
Open days
2019

Programme

Events at a Glance

Now Finished

Annual event -
pages for future reference only

thumbnails link to larger, readable versions.

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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 commemoration of the massacre, took place over several months 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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FRIDAY 14th DECEMBER, 2018, ANNIE KENNEY CAME HOME TO OLDHAM

FRIDAY 14th DECEMBER, 2018, ANNIE KENNEY CAME HOME TO OLDHAM

Account with photos,
courtesy of Joan Secker Wlodarczyk.

HERE

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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, 2016 and 2017 HERE

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PHOTOS from 2018 - The 199th Anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre

Thursday 16th August in St. Peter's Square
John Lees of Oldham - Memorial in the mosaic floor
John Lees of Oldham.
Memorial in the mosaic floor
next to the library

William Fyldes. Memorial in the mosaic floor
William Fyldes.
Memorial in the mosaic floor
next to the library.
He was 2 years old ...
the youngest to die.

Unveiling the Billboard Poster for the film
Unveiling the Billboard Poster
for the film.
* Link to youtube video clip
of unveiling

* Link to larger picture
Photographs from Sheila Goodyear & Dorothy Bintley
Video clips from Sheila Goodyear
Sunday 19th August
on the apron of the Manchester Central Convention Centre
Photographs from Sheila Goodyear

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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

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MEETINGS:
July - December 2021

Zoom online or at
Oldham Local Studies
& Archives
Registration is essential

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Wednesday 21st July

7pm

'the Life and times of Dame Sarah Anne Lees'
co-project to the book,
'Born of the Loom : the Biography of Two Suffragists from a Northern Mill Town'

An illustrated talk
given by

Lewis Turner

Booking will be on Eventbrite

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Wednesday 18th August

7pm

Title to be confirmed'

an illustrated talk
given by,

Kyril Whittaker

Booking will be on Eventbrite

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Wednesday 15th September

at 7pm

Title to come ...
part of the programme, for the annual 'Oldham Histories Festival and Heritage' talks

an illustrated talk
given by,

Muzahid Khan

Booking will be on Eventbrite

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Wednesday 20 October

7pm

TBA

Booking will be on Eventbrite

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Wednesday 17th November

7pm

Title to be confirmed'

an illustrated talk
given by,

Jeremy Sutcliffe

Booking will be on Eventbrite

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Wednesday 15th December

7pm

An informal evening based around :

Remembering our own Christmas' past; ancient customs and practices.

Have a glass of your favourite tipple and a mince pie by your side!

Booking will be on Eventbrite

 

~~~~~~~2022~~~~~~~
MEETINGS:
January - June 2022

Zoom online or at
Oldham Local Studies
& Archives Library ...
to be decided at a later date.

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Wednesday 19th January

at 7pm

Northerners from the Ice Age to the 21st Century

an illustrated talk given by
Brian Groom
Based on his soon-to-be-published book of that title, with particular reference to how how our own district was impacted.

Booking will be on Eventbrite

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