what's happening in Oldham


Local Happenings HERE
Updates & Additions to the Branch Pages HERE
Branch Meetings - Programme Page  HERE

Family and Local History Articles

Our numerous articles, on ancestry and local history, are scattered through the Branch pages so, to help you find the ones you might find most interesting, the Research/Local Interest page HERE is going to serve as our 'Pictorial Index' page, where you can follow a link directly to an article that catches your interest.

Our monthly Oldham & District newsletter

No need to be a member ... it also keeps us up to date with articles, a postbag, news of 'what's on', and much more. You can sign up to receive a monthly digital copy (to read on-line or download) or you can visit the Newsletter Archives to 'pick and mix'! Newsletter.

Where to Find it ...

Navigate the Oldham Branch website pages and see at a glance where you might find what you are looking for, with this content site map, HERE

annual meeting 2021

Notification for MLFHS members from the Branch Chairman:

In February's Branch newsletter, MLFHS members were reminded that the Annual Meeting would normally be held in March. It was asked that they would email our chairman if they would wish us to have a short meeting, on zoom, at which anyone could give us feedback, on what we have been doing in the last few months, or ask any questions. As no-one has signified that this would be a useful meeting, the present committee (elected in March 2020) will stay in place, and monthly meetings will continue on zoom until circumstances change.
The Chairman and Committee Members would again like to thank you for your support over the last twelve months and look forward to seeing you in person again soon.
In the meantime, if you care to contact us at < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. > with regard to your thoughts or questions, we would be glad to hear from you.


Oldham Local Studies and Archives Event :
digi-scrapbooking workshops

Join us as we take you on a set of 8 digi-scrapbooking workshops.
Thursdays: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March and 21 & 28 April and 5 May
Location : Oldham Local Studies and Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN
View the .pdf leaflet HERE
About this event :
Join Oldham Local Studies and Archives as we take you on a set of 8 digi-scrapbooking workshops.
Thursdays: 3 March, 10 March, 17 March, 24 March, 31 March, 21 April, 28 April and 5 May, 2-4 pm
If you’re curious about your family history, have a story to tell or want to find out more about the history of your home or local sport then this is your chance.
You can decide what you want to explore and we’ll help you to plan your digi-scrapbook and research your interests. We’ll provide all of the materials you could need and a friendly helping hand. You’ll even get a free printed copy of your scrapbook as a keepsake! Great to show family and friends!
This eight week project is based at Oldham Local Studies and Archives and funded by The National Archives Testbed Grant. All sessions are free, but you'll need to attend each session. You don't need to have any previous digital or scrapbooking experience.

Booking on Eventbrite HERE
If the sessions are fully booked please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the reserves list.
If you have any questions or would like some more information about the activities please get in touch: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0161 770 4742.

Oldham Local Studies & Archives
Coronavirus Update and Statement July 2021

Oldham Local Studies and Archives is pleased to announce that it is now fully open to the public.
Our opening hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am-5pm; Tuesday 10am-2pm; Saturday 10am-4pm.
Although it will not be essential to book your place as has been the case over the last few months, we encourage you to consider booking in advance as this enables us to get everything ready in time for your visit, particularly if you wish to view archives. To order please visit:
If you wish to use PCs to access family history websites or to use microfilm readers, we advise you to book a place by contacting us at:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0161 770 4654.
Although it is no longer mandatory, we are encouraging visitors to continue using masks where possible and to respect 2m social distancing with regard to staff and other users.
Hand sanitisers will also continue to be available.

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Updates & Additions to the Branch Pages in 2022

* 2022-03 Meetings Page updated with full programme for 2022

Updates & Additions to the Branch Pages in 2021

* 2021-11-26 Index to the Alan Godfrey Maps of Greater Manchester and Oldham ... Added to the Family and Local History Page linking to Articles on the 'Oldham Historical Research Group' Website. 

* 2021-11-02 Snippets from the Monthly Oldham & District Newsletter
Links to a selection of Articles, Transcriptions and Gallery in the archived 'Owls' newsletters.

* 2021-10-26 Manchester-Austerlands Turnpike by Paul Thomas
Added to the Family and Local History Page linking to Articles on the 'Oldham Historical Research Group' Website. 

* 2021-10-14 St. Paul's Methodist Church, Shaw Links to :
Details of over 400 Burials, History, the 150th Anniversary Booklet, Gallery of Pictures, 1920 fundraising Autograph Book of WW1 soldiers, and List of Ministers from 1791.

* 2021-10-13 On the Video Page  'October 12th, 1941 : The Night Oldham was Bombed'
an Illustrated talk given by John Fidler, on the 80th anniversary.

* 2021-09-28 A list  of the names of the 28 original Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society with a brief history of the movement.

* 2021-09-08  Two articles relating to Latter Day Saints families in Oldham.  
(i) The Albiston Family – 19th Century Latter Day Saints in Oldham, some of whom left for America. 
From Craig Albiston,  Houston, Texas
(ii) Early 20th century memories of the ‘Tin Mission,’ Neville Street, Oldham. 
from Eileen (Mills) Taylor & Sylvia (Mills) Cornell
Both article links can also be found on the Pictorial Index Page

* 2021-08-15 a 15 minute video presentation - A  Brief History of the Peak Forest Canal, stretching from Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne to Bugsworth Basin in Derbyshire.

* 2021-08-04 Thrice Married Elisabeth Rose and The Will  the story of Elisabeth Rose Hoyle/Waller/Cheetham, née Martin, born in Yorkshire before being widowed after her first marriage and coming to Oldham as an innkeeper. 

* 2021-07-26 Map of MANCHESTER 1772 ... from 'OLD MANCHESTER - A Series of Views' ... Drawn by Ralston, James, and Others. Introduction by James Croston, Pub 1875 
a .pdf downloadable file in Research/Miscellany

* 2021-07-24 'Video' page added to the 'Research' breadcrumbs.
Short presentations, local events and recorded talks.

* 2021-06-01  'Where to find it' ... with this content 'site map', navigate the Branch website pages and see, at a glance, where you might find the content you are looking for.

* 2021-05-27 Gallery Page of images and photos ... 15 more pictures added.

* 2021-05-25 Transcribed, 'Introduction' from 'The Annals of Manchester' ed. William E.A. Axon, Pub. 1886
With a List of Mayors of Manchester and a Link to .pdf List of Manchester Borough Reeves from 1552 - 1846

* 2021-05-24 Transcribed, chapter from 'History of the County Palatine, and Duchy of Lancaster' by Edward Baines, Esq., M.P. Vol. II. Pub. 1836... Salford Hundred : Prestwich cum Oldham

* 2021-05-21 'Evans Coal Miners – From Broseley to Oldham' from Alan Blow

* 2021-05-01 'Grotton Hall,' Saddleworth and the Buckley Family

* 2021-04-27 Bookworm : two titles added, in 'Referencing a Way of Life ... Towns and Villages' section.
(i) The Manor and Manorial Records by Nathaniel J. Hone 2nd ed. pub. 1912
(ii) The Manor Houses of England by P.H. Ditchfield. Pub. 1910

* 2021-04-26 'Mills of Oldham & District' ... five .pdfs listing the mills, each with the data sorted differently to facilitate different search criteria.
Added to the Pictorial Menu page and Research/Miscellany :

* 2021-03-28 Three titles added to Bookworm in Referencing Women ... section,  by Oldham writer, Mary Higgs, about women and social reform, pub. 1900-1910
(i) 'Glimpses into the Abyss' (including '5 days and nights as tramp among tramps') pub. 1906
(ii) 'How to deal with the Unemployed' pub. 1904
(iii) 'Where Shall She Live? The Homelessness of the Woman Worker' pub. 1910

* 2021-03-09 Who are on the 2021 Branch committee? Our profiles HERE

* 2021-03-08 Numerous links added to Family and Local History Articles on the 'Oldham Historical Research Group' Website. 

* 2021-03-02 Gallipoli 1915 ... Oldham men who died (.pdf download) : Added to the Pictorial Menu page and Research/Miscellany : 

* 2021-03-02 Book title added to 'Bookworm' page HERE
(i)  In Way of Life :
'The History of the Siege of Manchester by the King's Forces, under the Command of Lord Strange, 1642'' by John Palmer pub. 1822

* 2021-02-05 Reorganisation of page content:
(i) Research/Local Interest page HERE will serve as a 'Pictorial Index' page for all Family and Local History articles in the Branch pages.
(ii) Pages that previously contained more than one article have been edited to show just one. The second article has been given a page of its own and can be found through a link on the Pictorial Index HERE
(iii)  Article added: 'A German Armaments Manufacturer in Oldham During World War One' by Dorothy Bintley 

Updates & Additions to the Branch Pages in 2020

* 2020-12-18 A new page in the Research menu, 'Bookworm' HERE

* 2020-10-29 Two .pdf downloads to help you get the most enjoyment out of our zoom meetings. HERE and HERE

* 2020-10-29 Notification that Oldham Branch will host its first online talk, with zoom, in December. 'Failsworth & Woodhouses War Comforts Society in WW1'

* 2020-10-18 'Custom Roll and Rental of the Manor of Ashton-under-Lyne,  November 11, 1422''. added links to ,pdf documents :
(1) General Introduction and Resource (2) Index to Part lll ... links sat the foot of the page

* 2020-10-15 Custom Roll and Rental of the Manor of Ashton-under-Lyne,  November 11, 1422'.  (extracts transcribed)

* 2020-10-12 'Manchester Hill'
The 16th(S) Battalion, Manchester Regiment, in the Second Battle of th e Somme, at Manchester Hill, 21st March, 1918. With names of the men who died.

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