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Published: Monday, 01st July 2019

Gallery Oldham has welcomed home one of Oldham’s legendary home-grown motoring treasures

It’s on show as part of their Summer Exhibitions and Foyer Displays for residents and visitors to explore.

The first show case ‘The Art of Science: Taxidermy’, running until Saturday 7 September, explores the career of international taxidermy champion Jack Fishwick.

The exhibition has been more than five years in the making and displays Jack’s enthusiasm for the art of nature and the science of art.

The second exhibition, running until Saturday 21 September, explores the stories of residents with links to the Peterloo Massacre which took place 200 years ago this year.

Those interested in classic, unique cars, will be in their element as 1910 Rothwell Car, is now on permanent display in the foyer.

The vehicle was kindly donated (in full working order), by Julia Dawson, a member of the Rothwell family.

The classic car has an interesting history. Its first owner put it into storage in 1920 in protest at the newly introduced Road Tax. It was only in the 1960s that a new owner, Peter Stott, who was related to the artist William Stott of Oldham, once again got the car into working order.

The vehicle is not only special because of its age, but because it is believed to be the only Rothwell car left in the world. As part of the exhibit there will also be some additional information about OMA, the new Heritage and Arts Centre. Work is due to start on its construction later this year.

Residents and visitors can also see the new exciting OMA branding and colours which will be used throughout the multi-use arts centre.

Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “The summer exhibitions at Gallery Oldham always offer something different and I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of the brochure and see what’s on offer.

“The Rothwell car is an added bonus to the new collections, and we are delighted that this unique piece of Oldham history has been kept in the borough for future generations to appreciate and learn more about.

“It’s so generous of Julia to gift this historic vehicle to the borough. The car is back where it was originally built in 1910 and will continue to live out it’s legacy for years to come.

“I look forward to seeing it displayed permanently in the heart of our Cultural Quarter.”

More information about the new exhibitions can be found online at:

The gallery can be found at: Gallery Oldham, Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL


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Notes to editors:


  • The car will now be on permanent display in the foyer of Gallery Oldham.


  • Rothwell & Co Ltd were a medium sized engineering firm based in Oldham


  • They initially made the Eclipse sewing machine in competition with Bradbury & Co—we have some of their machines in the collections


  • In a similar fashion to Bradbury’s they expanded to produce bicycles, motorbikes and then cars


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