Gallery Oldham
Gallery Oldham
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Oldham Central • 2 min walk
  • Oldham King St • 6 min walk
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Jean F
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very disappointed with our visit. We wanted to see paintings and there were only a dozen and you were not allowed to photograph the Lowrys. The guide told us most of their collection was in storage
Written 13 February 2024
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BigJeff L
12 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
This is a free to enter local museum and combined Library. There is a combination of perminant and temp themed displays on offer. Some of the highlights are of course the two paintings by Lowrey and the Masterpiece : Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses is perhaps Gallery Oldham’s most popular artwork. I had a good chat with staff who are very informative and helpful and only happy to discuss the exhibits. There was also a couple of cabinets filled with impressive memorabilia of the "Roughyeds" the local Rugby League Team which I particularly enjoyed. ( Note that the lifts were out of order and it is split onto a few levels)
Written 9 January 2024
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Yasmin A
Manchester, UK66 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
What is Gallery Oldham?

Gallery Oldham is an art gallery that is located in the heart of Oldham. It holds a variety of exhibitions and galleries that look at art in different ways including portraits,sculptures, posters and historical items.

It currently holds the following Exhibitions and Galleries which are:

Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories

Gallery 2 - Finding the Funny: Sam Fitton

Gallery 3 – Tony Husband

Gallery 4 – Robert Lees: Oldham in the Countryside

Exhibitions Visited

Oldham Stories

This was a great Exhibition that showcased interesting items giving a historical insight from the past to the present. This includes a vast array of objects from various collections at the Gallery. This included the National History, Social History and Art collections.

Some of the items that were on display included The Rothwell Car, Jewellery, and specimens of a taxidermy. These items were interesting to look at with a great story behind each object.

The Natural History Collection was beautiful. It was lovely to see a large range of habitats that can be found in Oldham. This included owls, foxes, badgers, birds and swans.

Finding the Funny: Sam Fitton

Sam Fitton started his career in the textile mills before becoming a skilled illustrator, poet, dialect, writer and performer.

This Exhibition was engaging as you saw Sam’s various works from cartoons that he drew in the newspaper The Cotton New Times.

It also brought nostalgia in the adverts that he did for famous brands including Macintosh Toffees and other products. It also gives an outlook on how he used different dialects in his writing. His art work is also thought provoking in highlighting the issues of mill workers.

This Exhibition was brilliant showing how Sam used different art means in order to earn a living. Inspiring.

The interactive element of this Exhibition which is the badge making for a mill worker was fun, educational and made you think out of the box.

Facilities

Gallery Oldham has a café however it is currently temporarily closed. However there are a few cafes nearby that you can go to after your visit.

There are toilets on the premises.

Pricing

It is free to visit Gallery Oldham.

Parking

There is no designated car park for this Gallery however there is a nearby car park that is pay and display. This is free for Blue Badge holders.

What was good about Gallery Oldham?

There is a great variety of objects that are full of history.

Each Exhibition is engaging and is full of beautiful artwork that is beautiful.

There are some good interactive activities to enhance your visit

What could have been improved at Gallery Oldham?

There could have been some background music

Some of the habitats and art works did not have good descriptions so more detailed ones would be helpful.

Written 6 May 2023
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Andrew O
Delph, UK45 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
A great exhibition and the member of staff in the gallery, Danielle, was extremely helpful she talked to us about the social unrest of the time and how people fought for freedom and basic rights. She was very passionate about Peterloo and the impact of it on us today. Great artwork and photography. She even came downstairs to show us the new graphic novel written for the 200 year anniversary. Thanks for all the help.
Written 31 August 2019
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Rosetta C
Gambia229 contributions
Aug 2019
I visited the Gallery, Library and Learning Centre and was impressed by it all. The lighting is perfect for shows, and the area is covenient to the Car Park also the Tram links. There are cafes nearby within walking distance. Oldham is hilly, if you are walking a lot or have a disability. Local Nigerian born artist Titus Agbara who has appeared on Sky Arts painting competition shows is one of those whose work has been shown in the Gallery. i enjoyed the peaceful contemplative atmosphere.
Written 9 August 2019
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Jul 2019 • Couples
Exhibition about Peterloo and Oldham is worth seeing. It has good context on the conditions of workers after Waterloo. Gallery is let down by the cafe. We were refused entry at 3:50pm on a Friday afternoon on the grounds they were closed. Advertised times are 4:00 or 4:30 depending on which notices you read (need to get their act together). Mind you, previous reviewer refers to it as a greasy spoon and their food sounded inedible so perhaps we had a lucky escape!
Written 5 July 2019
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sept
Oldham, UK77 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
fab with audio guides + very helpful staff easy access with lift . closed sun + Bank hols very different located in library complex
Written 28 May 2019
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whiteknight56
Oldham, UK95 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Gallery Oldham has some really interesting changing exhibitions as well as the permanent collection detailing Oldham's past and present. Of particular importance is the large photograph of the town, taken in the 1800s when the town began to emerge as an industrial centre for spinning.
The gallery is located in the Library building and has some excellent views across to the surrounding hills. Here there is also a performance space and a small shop.
There is also the Naked Bean Cafe, where drinks and food can be purchased.
Written 14 April 2019
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KarenKew
Portishead, UK655 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
An art gallery, performance space, excellent cafe and library all in one. We poppoed in for coffee, stayed to listen to a talk on local legend, Annie Kenny, saw two exhibitions and had a second coffee... friendly helpful staff, lots going on - wish this facility was available more locally!
Written 11 March 2019
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Chris B
Portishead, UK213 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
The best library complex I have ever visited. A good cafe. Multiple events, we went to a talk about Annie Kenny, the local working class suffragette. Thoroughly recommended.
Written 10 March 2019
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GALLERY OLDHAM: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Gallery Oldham is open:
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00