Meetings programme


All Meetings at Gallery Oldham CANCELLED until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Monthly Talks on Zoom

We anticipate that at least the first three meetings, in the programme for 2021, will also be online and are already arranged as such. After that we will re-assess the situation. In the meantime, we will contact the speakers booked from April onwards, and ascertain whether or not they would be happy to give their talks online.
We remain positive, with the hope, that we will be able to resume our meetings at Gallery Oldham in the not too distant future. However, there is one bonus to be found and that is the fact that we can welcome visitors to our meetings, online, from virtually anywhere! That can only be a good thing!
These first Meetings will be free to both members and non-members alike of MLFHS.

In order for us all to get the most enjoyment possible out of our on-line meetings, you can download a couple of .pdf files that explain the process of actually joining a meeting with zoom, and the protocols which help to make the meeting run as smoothly as possible. 'New to Zoom' HERE and our Branch Protocols HERE.

Booking is essential:
on Eventbrite or by email to < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , in which case, please add 'Booking for [Month] Talk' in the subject bar. In the text box include your name and, if an MLFHS member, your membership number.
A reminder email will be sent out to you a few days before the talk, and the zoom meeting link 1/2 days before the talk.
There will be a Q&A session at the end of the talk, but it would be appreciated that, if you do have any questions, you email them (to the above address) in advance of the talk.

Please take the time to read our two zoom meeting help-sheets HERE & HERE
We're very much looking forward to welcoming you to our online talks.

Programme for 2021


DNA ...  Just Taken Your Test?

How to work through your results, how to interpret them and how you can use your results with other sites like My Heritage.

A free, online talk with zoom, given by Hilary Hartigan,
Saturday 9th January 2021, at 2pm

Booking at Eventbrite HERE
Unfortunately, booking is now closed as numbers registering have reached capacity.

Annie Kenney

Annie Kenney ... a Working Class Suffragette.

This local girl became one of the most well known of Suffragettes. Imprisoned many times, she endured hunger-strikes in the fight for Women's Suffrage.

A free, online talk with zoom,  given by Carol Talbot,
Saturday 13th February 2021, at 2pm

Booking at Eventbrite HERE
Other booking options as above.

Van Diemen's Land

A Gartside sent to Van Diemen's Land ... Man's Inhumanity to Man”  

Transportation and the story of Van Diemen's Land, the convicts
and the indigenous aboriginal population.

A free, online talk with zoom, given by Sheila Goodyear,
Saturday 13th March 2021, at 2pm

Booking at Eventbrite HERE
Other booking options as above.

Memories from Holidays Past :

This presentation will take you back to those childhood holidays in a caravan, Guest House and Butlins.  Everything from knobbly knee competitions to calamine lotion. From Sunday School annual treats to outings at Blackpool, the 1960s package holiday and then to futuristic holidays and a few laughs on the way.

A free online talk, with zoom, given by  Chris Helme, 
Saturday 10th April 2021, at 2pm

Booking on Eventbrite HERE


Confessions of a Country Lane Researcher ...

An illustrated talk, on interesting family and local history items, from over 40 years as a researcher.

A free online talk given by Tony Foster,
Saturday 8th May 2021, at 2pm

Booking on Eventbrite HERE

Market to Supermarkets and beyond ...  200 years of shopping

Covering the main changes in shopping over the past 200 years.

A free online talk given by Michael Winstanley,
Saturday 12th June 2021, at 2pm

 Booking on Eventbrite HERE


A Brief History of the Canals ... around Oldham and Manchester

A look at why and when the local canals were built, in particular the Rochdale, and the Huddersfield Narrow Canals.

A talk given by Judy Jones,
of the Canal & River Trust,
Saturday 10th July 2021, at 2pm

Booking on Eventbrite HERE

Medicine and Magic in the Home ...

The medicinal and magical herbs and spices, and other things in the house.

A talk given by Peter Watson,
Saturday 14th August 2021at 2pm

Booking options to follow

A History of the Co-operative Movement ...
from the Rochdale Pioneers to the present day

Covering the development of independent Co-operative Societies; an explanation of the 'divi', and how different are the co-ops of today.

A talk given by Sophie McCulloch,
of the Co-op Archives,
Saturday 11th September 2021at 2pm

Booking options to follow

mill building in 1800s

An Awful Accident ...
the fall of Lowerhouse Mill in Oldham in 1844

The tragic story, of how 20 people lost their lives, in the collapse of Lowerhouse Mill.

A talk given by Rita Vaughan,
Saturday 9th October 2021at 2pm 

Booking options to follow

Family Life in the Industrial Revolution ...
the autobiography of Benjamin Shaw, 1772-1841

The talk covers everything from child labour, via bastardy and terrible working conditions, to problem teenagers and early death; the world of your Lancashire ancestors, 200 years ago.

A talk given by Dr Alan Crosby,
Saturday 13th November 2021at 2pm

Booking options to follow


No Meeting in December

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