Oldham Local Studies and Archives
The history of Oldham during the nineteenth century is one of dramatic change, from obscure Pennine village to cotton spinning capital of the world. Oldham’s fascinating industrial history includes hatting, coal mining, textile machinery manufacture and cotton spinning. Oldham’s recent history has seen the development of new industries to replace cotton, and the integration of new cultural traditions and religions.
Oldham Local Studies and Archives collects and preserves material relating to Oldham Metropolitan Borough, which includes the districts of Failsworth, Crompton, Royton, Chadderton, Lees and Saddleworth.
Amongst the many items to be seen and enjoyed are the following:
- Archives: Letters, maps, plans, manuscripts, diaries and accounts. Subjects covered include local administration, family, businesses, trades union, health, education, suffrage and transport.
- Parish registers in microfilm giving information on baptisms, marriage and burials.
- Maps: Extensive collections cover Oldham’s development from the 18th century to the present day.
- Photographs: A collection of 20,000 pictures of Oldham’s past. A copying service is available.
- Oral history: The history of Oldham as told through its residents. Listen to first-hand accounts in our oral history section.