Oldham Local Studies and Archives is now fully open to the public.

Our opening hours are as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-5pm;
  • Tuesday 10am-2pm; Saturday 10am-4pm.

Although it will not be essential to book your place as has been the case over the last few months, we encourage you to consider booking in advance as this enables us to get everything ready in time for your visit, particularly if you wish to view archives.

Online booking form

If you wish to use PCs to access family history websites, or to use microfilm readers, we advise you to book a place by contacting us

If you are unable to visit in person you may wish to make use of our Research Service.

Our online catalogue to all Oldham Council Heritage Collections continues to be available at: 

As well as being able to search our collections on this catalogue, many of our photographs can also be viewed there.

Although it is no longer mandatory, we are encouraging visitors to continue using masks where possible and to respect 2m social distancing with regard to staff and other users.

Hand sanitisers will also continue to be available