Meetings programme


All Meetings at Gallery Oldham CANCELLED until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Monthly Talks on Zoom

We anticipated that at least the first three meetings, in the programme for 2021, would be online but we still don't know when things will change and are constantly re-assessing the situation. In the meantime, we are contacting the speakers already booked to  ascertain whether or not they are happy to give their talks online.
We remain positive, with the hope, that we will be able to resume our meetings at Gallery Oldham in the not too distant future. However, there is one bonus to be found and that is the fact that we can welcome visitors to our meetings, online, from virtually anywhere! That can only be a good thing! In view of this, and because there has been a very positive response to our zoom meetings, we are looking at the ways in which we can cntinue to offer the talks on zoom and also in the library.
At present, all our online  Branch Meetings will be free to both members, and non-members alike, of MLFHS.

In order for us all to get the most enjoyment possible out of our 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 is essential:
online, only on Eventbrite, alternatively by email to, < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , in which case, please add 'Booking for [Month] Talk' in the subject bar. In the text box include your name and, if an MLFHS member, your membership number.
A reminder email will be sent out to you a few days before the talk, and the zoom meeting link the day before the talk.
If you do not receive the scheduled link from Eventbrite, email me 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.

Please take the time to read our two zoom meeting help-sheets HERE & HERE
We're very much looking forward to welcoming you to our online talks.

Programme for 2021


DNA ...  Just Taken Your Test?

A free, online talk with zoom, given by Hilary Hartigan,
Saturday 9th January 2021, at 2pm

Annie Kenney

Annie Kenney ... a Working Class Suffragette.

A free, online talk with zoom,  given by Carol Talbot,
Saturday 13th February 2021, at 2pm

Van Diemen's Land

A Gartside sent to Van Diemen's Land ... Man's Inhumanity to Man”  

A free, online talk with zoom, given by Sheila Goodyear,
Saturday 13th March 2021, at 2pm

Memories from Holidays Past :

A free online talk, with zoom, given by  Chris Helme, 
Saturday 10th April 2021, at 2pm


Confessions of a Country Lane Researcher ...

A free online talk given by Tony Foster,
Saturday 8th May 2021, at 2pm

Market to Supermarkets and beyond ...  200 years of shopping

Covering the main changes in shopping over the past 200 years.

A free online talk given by Michael Winstanley,
Saturday 12th June 2021, at 2pm

 Booking on Eventbrite HERE


A Brief History of the Canals ... around Oldham and Manchester

A look at why and when the local canals were built, in particular the Rochdale, and the Huddersfield Narrow Canals.

A free, online talk given by Judy Jones,
of the Canal & River Trust,
Saturday 10th July 2021, at 2pm

Booking on Eventbrite HERE

Passchendaele ... 1917 ...
and some of the local men who lost their lives.

The Battle of 3rd Ypres, Passchendaele, continued from 31st July to mid November. In that time there were 8 distinct Battles in which many hundreds of local men lost their lives. In this talk we remember, particularly, those in the Oldham Battalions.

A free, online talk given by Sheila Goodyear,
Saturday 14th August 2021, at 2pm

Booking on Eventbrite HERE

A History of the Co-operative Movement ...
from the Rochdale Pioneers to the present day

Covering the development of independent Co-operative Societies; an explanation of the 'divi', and how different are the co-ops of today.

A talk given by Sophie McCulloch,
of the Co-op Archives,
Saturday 11th September 2021, at 2pm

Booking on Eventbrite HERE

mill building in 1800s

'The Amazing Mary Higgs'
'Student, Pioneer, Wife and Mother; Undercover Tramp and Social Reformer.'

Mary came to Oldham on her marriage, living and working here for the rest of her life.

An illustrated talk given by Carol Talbot, author of the above book. 

Saturday 9th October 2021, at 2pm 

Booking on Eventbrite HERE

Family Life in the Industrial Revolution ...
the autobiography of Benjamin Shaw, 1772-1841

The talk covers everything from child labour, via bastardy and terrible working conditions, to problem teenagers and early death; the world of your Lancashire ancestors, 200 years ago.

A talk given by Dr Alan Crosby,
Saturday 13th November 2021at 2pm

Booking options to follow


No Meeting in December

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Where to find it  ...

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