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Oldham Council’s Heritage Service is inviting residents to take part in the Oldham Histories Festival which runs from 9 September to 5 October.

The event, now in its 15th year promises to be bigger and better than ever. With more than 50 events, from film talks to ghost walks, there’s plenty to experience and there’s surely something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you’re interested in architecture or just curious about history in your local area, this is your opportunity to find out more about the history around you.

This year’s event features a number of exciting activities spread right across the borough.

Highlights include: Building Stones of Oldham on Thursday 12 September, The Oldham Microscopical and Natural history Society Day on Saturday 14 September, Peterloo – The Aftermath on Monday 30 September and Activism in Oldham at Lees Library on Friday 4 October.

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Libraries, Heritage and Local Studies, Councillor Sean Fielding, said:
“For the 15th year running our heritage service has organised an excellent programme of free events which gives visitors the chance to get see a glimpse of buildings or areas not usually open to the public.

Oldham is steeped in history and has been home to some extraordinary people. This is a chance for residents to find out more about history in their local area and the buildings around them.

We have some wonderful buildings in Oldham, including a number of lesser known ones. I would urge residents to take advantage of this once a year opportunity and get involved in some unique and interesting activities throughout the month of September.”

To see all of the events just download the Oldham Histories Festival and Heritage Open Day brochure by visiting