Oldham & District Branch


                                                                Oldham Branch - Programme 2015

SATURDAY MEETINGS COMMENCING February on the second Saturday of the month starting with this first meeting and also in March, April, May, June, September, October and November. The meetings will commence at 2pm with a Speaker on a variety of subjects.

This will last for approximately one hour. Members of the committee will be available to assist anyone for a further half hour following the speakers talk.

So the meetings will commence at 2pm and end at approximately 3.30pm

There will be no meeting in January, July, August and December.


Special Note - The door charge is as follows:

Members No Charge ( donations always welcome ) Non Members 2.50

Please note the November 8th 2014 Meeting has been cancelled and will be rearranged at a future date yet to be determined.


January   No Meeting
February 14th John Marsden FORGOTTEN FIELDS - There were numerous burial grounds in the centre of Manchester in the mid-19th century but today there are only a few clues to their existence. John will explain the development of burial grounds in Manchester and their banishment to the suburbs.John Marsden is our main branch  Chairman, he has been involved in family history research for over 30 years and has a particular interest in Manchester`s old burial grounds. His book on this subject "Forgotten Fields" was published in 2014.
March 14th David Rustidge

 THE HISTORY OF THE COLISEUM THEATRE, OLDHAM- David Rustidge is the House Manager at the Coliseum Theatre. The talk is not designed to be a heavy blow by blow account of the Coliseum`s history, but surveys its initial origins,personalities and the changes over the 125 years. From its circus origins as the Colosseum, its life as a Repertory theatre Club and survival through the war years as the Coliseum performing weekly rep to thousands of loyal audiences. And of course its need to adapt to changing tastes of its audience and of the influences of the entertainment scene.

April 11th Peter Watson Sranger Than Fiction- True Tales of the Supernatural. This talk is based on Peter`s private collection of stories, all of which have been recounted as true experiences. If you thought the people of the past had long gone, think again ! It appears that some of them are still here ! The stories range from the Neolithic period to the modern day and, apparently, beyond !
May 9th Kathryn Carter Using  Kathryn Carter was the Director at the Family History Centre at the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Preston for 8 years and she is coming to show us how to get the most out of the Churches 'FamilySearch' website. She will use the internet to highlight the latest changes.
June 13th John Fidler "OLDHAM,S HEALTH OR LACK OF IT IN THE 1890`s....and MOSCOW.  There were many opportunities to be challenged by death in Victorian England.....Smallpox, Typhoid, Diptheria, Measles, Scarlet Fever to name but a few!  What was Oldham`s Health Department doing to reduce the risk in the Town and at Moscow?     This talk will tell you.


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Colin Wood      November  10th 2014