Explore ‘Edible England’ at Oldham Histories Festival

Consider yourself a foodie? Reminisce or learn something new with special talks, archived collections and performances into some local history all about food and drink. 

Take your chance to find out more about the borough’s rich history, from people, places, buildings and stories at the Oldham Histories Festival, launching on Saturday 11 September 2021 at Gallery Oldham.

Whilst this year’s theme is ‘Edible England’, the festival hopes to show people that Oldham has a lot to offer, past and present.

A special screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is also on the line-up.

Roger Ivens, Oldham Local Studies Officer, said: “People don’t realise how much interesting history they have on their doorsteps, and the aim of the Oldham Histories Festival is to showcase to everyone the history that is all around them.

From talks to walks, conservation to curry to we encourage people will take advantage of these events and get an insight into the history that is all around them.”

Highlights at the festival will include:

  • Guided tours of the historic buildings and street art in Westwood
  • Pop up Oldham Classic Car Show in the town centre
  • Displays by Chadderton Historical Society
  • Curry and Culture: A Story of Curry, Heritage and Giving: Online event exploring the history of the town’s curry industry presented by Oldham Historical Research Group
  • Oldham Town Centre Ghost trail (for ages six and over)
  • The Life and Times of Frederick Scrivener Hilary Basil Baddingon: From Big Game Hunter to the Manager of the Roxy Cinema

Councillor Shaid Mushtaq, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “It’s good to see this event is returning after we had to cancel last year due to coronavirus.

“There is so much history in our borough and this excellent programme of events gives residents and visitors the chance to learn about this rich heritage, including some of the lesser-known gems.

“Our town has also been home to some extraordinary people and buildings, and this is also a chance to find out about them.”

Please visit their website for more information. Tuck in! 

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