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              Oldham Branch - Programme 2014

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

Date              Speaker                                                                    Subject

November 9thMarian Hewitt Oldham On Film. Marian Hewitt Service Manager presents Oldham on Film, a selection of films from the archive`s collection featuring the lives, industry, cultures and traditions of the people of this vibrant former mill town. From promotional items for the cotton industry of the early post WW1 period to BBC news items from the 1980`s, the history of the town is set out on film.

No Meeting



January   No Meeting
February 8th Chris Makepeace

Manchester at the end of the 19th Century. What did the city look like during the 1890`s? This talk looks at some of the events that took place during that decade including the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal, Thirlmere Reservoir, together with industry, social conditions etc at the time


March 8th Dr Mike Winstanley

Edwin Butterworth of Oldham, Lancashire`s Forgotten Historian. Mike Winstanley was Senior Lecturer in Regional and Local History at Lancaster University for over 30 years and has published on various aspects of North West history. He became interested in Edwin during the 1980`s while researching Oldham history. Since then he has published several articles about the importance of Edwin`s travels and historical researches on Lancashire and the news reports he supplied to Manchester newspapers in the 1830s and 1840s. Edwins journals and publications provide an unparalleled insight into life in early industrial Lancashire. He died tragically young in 1848 aged just 35. Mike lives in the Lune Valley near Lancaster.

April 12th Michael Higgins Flodden Field to Royton Field. This battle was fought on the open pastures of Branxton Village in Northumberland and the Lancashire lads who made up almost a third of the English army were drawn from the common or `town fields` of villages like Royton. Michael describes `Royton Field` and the town pastures etc in the course of his talk, which outlines  the background of the call to battle and the activation of the northern English town muster rolls with their 16th century lists of eligible families.
May 10th Ian Etchells Soldiers Letters Home.The military experience of soldiers as described in their letters and anecdotes The common soldiers view, good or bad, of military service.
May 29th  

On this THURSDAY - Visit to Toad Lane Museum, Rochdale - Afternoon Visit, details as follows.

Meet for 2.30 at the Museum, this is the time our visit is scheduled for. Also there is a free shuttle bus goes from Rochdale Bus Station, Stand C, every 20 mins from 08.05 and stops near to Toad Lane, get off the bus at the second stop on Hunter's Lane

June 26th  

On this THURSDAY - Visit to the Manchester Police Museum - 1.30pm details as follows.

The Police Museum visit at the end of June is meet for 1.30 outside the Museum on Newton St., Manchester, as this is the time our visit is scheduled for.

We also need people to let us know whether they are definitely coming. Please email "Toad Lane" or "Police" or "both" to oldham@mlfhs.org.uk so we get an idea of numbers.

July   No meeting
August   No meeting
Sept 13th Peter Watson

The Origin of Surnames - Origin of surnames, meanings, pronunciations,changes over time, nicknames as surnames.Peter is a public speaker, freelance lecturer and carer.


Oct 11th Cpl Stewart Cook 24th Manchesters in Italy - Oldham`s own comrades, the 24th Manchester Regiment fought on the western front as an infantry battalion, but was converted to a pioneer battalion and sent to Italy, not only did they have to fight but to dig, build and repair.
Nov 8th Ian Gibson The Lancashire Textile Industry and how it can be seen in 2014 (Regretably this meeting has had to be cancelled it will be arranged at a later date to be advised)
December   No meeting

CD LOAN Service previously advertised - The CD Loan service has been withdrawn as from January 2012


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[Last updated: October 15th 2014 by Colin Wood]