Meetings programme



We are planning to have our first hybrid (in person and zoom) meeting on Saturday 9th April at Gallery Oldham, 2pm, in the Education Suite.

The talk is by Douglas Jackson, about the Tiffany Glass collection in Accrington, and we hope those of you who can will join us for what promises to be an interesting and informative talk.
More details in the meeting list below.
Since December 2020 we have had a full programme of meetings using zoom which have been well received by both local attendees and many from further afield. So that we can continue to offer our meetings to this wider audience we are hoping to continue our meetings as hybrids.
We know that everything may not go exactly to plan with our first hybrid meetings so we hope you will be forbearing as we learn from our (inevitable!) early mistakes.
Our online  Branch Meetings will remain free to both members, and non-members alike, of MLFHS.
For our first hybrid meetings, the usual £3 charge for non-members attending in person, will be waived, as we welcome you back to our meetings in the Library.

In order for us all to get the most enjoyment possible out of our hybrid and  on-line meetings, you can download a couple of .pdf files that explain the process of actually joining a meeting with zoom, and the protocols which help to make the meeting run as smoothly as possible. 'New to Zoom' HERE and our Branch Protocols HERE.

Booking to attend via zoom is essential ... online, on Eventbrite.
A reminder email will be sent out to you a few days before the talk, a zoom meeting link the day before the talk and one in the morning of the talk.
If you do not receive the scheduled link from Eventbrite, email me, before 1pm on Saturday, and I will send one.
There will be a Q&A session at the end of the talk and, if you do have any questions, please type them into the chat box and the host will read them out.

If you are new to zoom,  please take the time to read our two zoom meeting help-sheets HERE & HERE
We continue to look forward to welcoming you to our online talks in the months to come.


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Hanging the Pacifist:  Margaret Ashton (1856-1937), Manchester's first woman councillor

A short introduction to the life and times of Margaret Ashton. The talk will look at Ashton's extraordinary life, her political career, her involvement in the suffrage movement and, during WW1, her work in the anti-war and pacifist movement.  It will look at the story of her lost portrait, rediscovered in 2006, and rehung in the Town Hall - hence the title of this talk ...  'Hanging the Pacifist.'

A free, online talk,  given by Dr Alison Ronan
Saturday 8th January 2022, at 2pm, on zoom
Booking on Eventbrite

A Grandmother’s Legacy: the Early Days

How Benjamin Hardy in 1798, a seventh generation weaver ancestor of Jenny Mallin from Mirfield in Yorkshire, sails to Madras with his British Army unit, fights for the next 22 years in India and decides to settle his family there for the next five generations. Through new research I have been able to offer more on the three ancestors that have an ancestry going back to the 17th century. They were all in the British Army and came from different backgrounds. 

A free, online talk, given by Jenny Mallin
Saturday 12th February 2022, at 2pm, on zoom
Booking on Eventbrite

Edwin Butterworth – Oldham's Forgotten Historian

Michael Winstanley became interested in Edwin Butterworth during the 1980s while researching Oldham history. He tells us about the importance of Edwin’s travels and historical researches on Lancashire and the news reports he supplied to Manchester newspapers in the 1830s and 1840s. Edwin’s journals and publications provide an unparalleled insight into life in early industrial Lancashire. He died young in 1848 aged just 35

A free, online talk, given by Dr. Michael Winstanley
Saturday 12th March, 2022 at 2pm, on zoom
Booking on Eventbrite

Venue for Meetings after March :
on Zoom, in Oldham Library, or as Hybrid, but each yet to be confirmed.
* No booking is necessary for attendance in the Library.
Members free, non-members currently free.
* Booking for zoom attendance
will be free to everyone on Eventbrite.

Joseph Briggs and the Tiffany Glass Collection at the Haworth Art Gallery Accrington

One of the world’s finest collections of classic American art glass by Tiffany is not in New York or London or Paris - it’s in the old Lancashire mill town of Accrington. Joseph Briggs, was a native of Accrington and emigrated to America.

An llustrated talk given by Douglas Jackson, author of 'Mosaic'
Saturday 9th April at 2pm
A hybrid meeting in the Education Suite at Oldham Library and on zoom.

* No booking is necessary for attendance in the Library. Members free, non-members free.
* Booking for zoom attendance is free to all on Eventbrite.

A History of the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

The talk takes in the early history of the Oldham Coliseum and its varying fortunes. Also, the famous actors who have appeared at the theatre during its time. David first attended the Coliseum as a 15 year old, to see the Christmas Pantomimes. He was hooked! He became the House Manager at the Coliseum in 1982 working there until April 2016. 

A free, illustrated talk given by David Rustidge
Saturday 14th May at 2pm
A hybrid meeting in the Education Suite at Oldham Library and on zoom.

* No booking necessary for the library;
* booking for zoom on Eventbrite.

Greater Manchester Police Museum

A dive into the archives of GMP Museum : what we collect, why we collect it and how it is used now. Featuring case studies of some of our most unique items.

An illustrated talk given by Katie Henderson
Saturday 11th June, at 2pm
A hybrid meeting at Oldham Library and on zoom.

* No booking necessary for attendance in the library; members free, non-members £3.
* Booking for zoom attendance is essential, on Eventbrite, and will be free to both members & non-members.

The area between Manchester Cathedral and Victoria Station

The area between Manchester Cathedral and Victoria Station is the mediaeval heart of Manchester but largely unknown. There is a forgotten school, a lost river, the first site of Manchester Grammar School and a cemetery that refused to stay hidden.

An illustrated talk given by Geoffrey Scargill
Saturday 9th July, at 2pm
Booking will be on Eventbrite

The Life of the Late James Johnson
Around Sept 1866 James Johnson arrived in Oldham looking for work. Many people did, but James Johnson was different, he was a slave. James escaped from North Carolina in 1862 during the American Civil War. After many escapades and adventures, he settled in Oldham and found work. He married a local woman who taught him to read and write. He remained in the town until his death in 1914.

An illustrated talk given by Carol Talbot
Saturday 13th August, at 2pm
Booking will be on Eventbrite

Agricultural Hiring Fairs of Northern England

Agricultural Hiring Fairs of Northern England Most of northern England remains rural to this day, and its farms played a vital role in feeding the ever-growing industrial workforce.

An illustrated talk given by Stephen Caunce
Saturday 10th September, at 2pm
Booking will be on Eventbrite

“Not just the 3 R’s” : Life in a Lancashire School

Louise, who was born in Ashton-Under-Lyne but now lives in Wigan, has been tracing her family history since she was 10years old (that’s over 40 years!) and has been fascinated by some of the characters she has “met” whilst time-travelling.

An illustrated talk given by Louise Wade
Saturday 8th October, at 2pm
Booking will be on Eventbrite

Exploring some of the city's finest underground spaces, that are shrouded in mystery and myths.

Keith Warrender, an historian, author and publisher, has produced two books on what lies below the Manchester streets. They are sites usually out of bounds to the public, but the speaker has had access to most of them and in his presentation reveals the true stories about these mysterious places. They range from underground canals, air-raid shelters and cold war networks to subterranean mazes.

An illustrated talk given by Keith Warrender
Saturday 12th November, at 2pm
Booking will be on Eventbrite


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Where to find it  ...

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