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              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


JanuaryNo Meeting 
February 14thJohn 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 of 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 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 at 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 11thPeter WatsonStranger 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 9thKathryn Carter Using familysearch.org.- 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 "Family Search " website. She will use the internet to highlight the latest changes.
June 13thJohn Fidler

Oldham`s Health or lack of of it in the 1890`s.........and Moscow.

There were many opportunities to be challenged by death in Victorian England...Smallpox, Tyhoid, Diptheria, Consumption, 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.

July No Meeting 
AugustNo Meeting 
September 5thDavid Muil

Crooks & Coffins Ships - The Southern Ocean - The Perils of 19th Century Emigration.- By the middle of the 19th century improvements in conditions for emigrants on board ship, begun at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, continued to be made. Stricter regulations for the safety of life at sea were introduced and larger vessels were constructed. But the single most important change came when gold was discovered in Australia and the Colonial Governments were intent in attracting both skilled and unskilled labourers alike to support a growing population of administrators ,military,convicts and prospectors. David Muil will discuss the newer perils that presented themselves over the longer voyages to the antipodes , crossing the southern ocean , often aboard faster clipper ships. David Muil a member of MLFHS for over 16 years,is an experienced researcher of maritime-related family and local history archives. An Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute [Marine] with a Diploma in Scottish Family History Studies at the University of Stirling, he is able to speak with authority on the subject of mass emigration in the days of sail.


October 10thIan Gibson

The Lancashire Textile Industry and how it can be seen in 2015

Ian retired in in November 2010 as Head of Lancashire County Museum Service which has three textile mill sites which are "Designated" as being of both national and international importance. In his talk he hopes to give a flavour of the once vast scale of the Lancashire textile industry and how a little of it is being preserved for future generations to wonder at.

November 14thGlyn  HoganJOHN HOGAN V.C. - John Hogan was a cousin to my father (so making him my first cousin once removed) John Hogan became the first person from Oldham to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War. An illustrated talk will explore John`s family history in Heyside and his early army career before describing how the VC was won and how it was reported at the time. The presentation will also describe the different ways the achievement has been celebrated and commemorated from 1914 to the present day.
December No Meeting  


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[Last updated: June 16th 2015 by Colin Wood]