To launch this year’s Oldham Histories Festival on Saturday 11 September, 10am -4pm we have a programme of special events and installations throughout the day…

  • Talks and tours at Gallery Oldham and Oldham Local Studies and Archives
  • Vintage and Classic vehicle exhibit with our guests Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club
  • Cap & Dove Mini Arts Centre by artist Joshua Sofaer
  • Small Cinema special 5oth Anniversary showing of the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Manchester Voices

A Stroll Along the Oldham Panorama, 11am and 3pm | Gallery Oldham

The Oldham Panorama is one of the best visual records of the transformation of North West England into an industrial powerhouse. This guided tour explores the buildings and people on show in this view of Oldham.

Feast or Famine: Food in the Archives | 2pm | Oldham Local Studies and Archives

See some of Oldham’s fantastic archives around the subject of food. Booking required on 0161 770 4654 or

Pop up Oldham Classic Car Show - Vintage automobiles will be converge on the Town Centre as Oldham welcomes back the return of its annual Classic Car Show on a slightly smaller scale just for this year. Tame Valley Car Club will be exhibiting an array of vintage and classic vehicles that have been lovingly restored by their owners.

Cap & Dove is a travelling mini arts centre, which houses a tiny theatre, museum and a shop.

The project celebrates protest, liberty and equality, the same themes that united Greater Manchester at Peterloo over 200 years ago. A Peterloo legacy project, Cap & Dove harnesses and takes forward the spirit captured in Greater Manchester’s Peterloo commemorations during summer 2019.

The commissioned artist Joshua Sofaer has collaborated with artists from across Greater Manchester to make, decorate and design the vehicle. The interior features wallpaper, curtains and floor tiles designed and decorated by local artists. The onboard shop sells items made by local makers, and the artefacts on display have been carefully selected by curators at Gallery Oldham. They feature a bugle used at Tandle Hill in the days before Peterloo and the original Granellis Ice Cream horn – two very different objects that were both used as a call to action.

As a theatre, Cap & Dove presents a live performance programme at each of the tour locations. The programme will be performed by the Cap & Dove ensemble, six artists and theatre makers from Greater Manchester.

Cap & Dove programme:

  • 10am Guided Tours
  • 11am Oldham Informs
  • 12noon Cap & Dove performance
  • 2pm Specially created Oldham performance
  • 3pm Guided Tours

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (U) 2pm, £3

Small Cinema is back and inspired by the Heritage Open Days theme of Edible England what better way to celebrate than with a film inspired by one of our favourite authors. Join Charlie and his grandpa on their magical tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. This screening will mark the 50th anniversary of the classic 1971 film. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. Followed by some Roald Dahl inspired craft to celebrate Roald Dahl day. (themed crafts 12-2pm) Advanced booking is required via Eventbrite.

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Gallery Oldham
Gallery Oldham

Gallery Oldham provides a wide range of exhibitions and activities targeted at different audiences of all ages.



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