Meetings programme


All Meetings CANCELLED until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic

Our Meetings

Sadly, we now know that the final three meetings, on the intended programme for 2020, have now definitely had to be cancelled. However, we are remaining positive and we have a full programme of meetings booked for 2021 in the hope that we will be able to resume our meetings in the New Year. Our full programme for 2021 is shown below.

Our Venue

In normal circumstances, Meetings start at 2pm and last about an hour. The meeting room is open half an hour earlier for coffee and biscuits. Members of the Committee will be available, after the meeting, to help with any queries you might have. All meetings are held in the Performance Space, at Gallery Oldham, OL1 1AL unless otherwise stated.

Members and non-members alike are always very welcome to attend our meetings. They are free to MLFHS members and £3 for Non-members (refundable if joining the Society on the day).

Booking is not normally essential (although desirable). However, due to the uncertainty of our times, it may become mandatory to book a place.


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 talk given by Hilary Hartigan,
Saturday 9th January 2021

Details on Eventbrite

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 talk given by Carol Talbot,
Saturday 13th February 2021

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 talk given by Sheila Goodyear,
Saturday 13th March 2021

Manchester Oddities ...

A light-hearted look at customs, buildings and characters around Greater Manchester.

A talk given by Keith Warrender, 
Saturday 10th April 2021


Confessions of a Country Lane Researcher ...

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

A talk given by Tony Foster,
Saturday 8th May 2021

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

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

A talk given by Michael Winstanley,
Saturday 12th June 2021



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

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 2021

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 2021

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 2021 

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 2021


No Meeting in December

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