1987.13.1 Greenfield Rail SignOne of the hidden treasures of Saddleworth Museum is undoubtedly its archive.

Many people, while marvelling at the exhibits on display, are unaware that under the same roof lies one of the single richest sources of local history to be found anywhere in the north of England.

There are Photographs, Maps, Deeds, Wills, Census Returns and Parish records. The earliest items date back to the late 1500′s.

Our archive is invaluable to the local Family Historian.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE ARCHIVES Saddleworth Museum is independent and we are reliant on volunteers for a lot of our work. If you want to visit the archive please contact us with your enquiry and what you are looking for and we will arrange a time.



We have a large collection of Saddleworth objects dating from prehistoric times to the present day.

Saddleworth was at the centre of the Industrial Revolution and as a result we have textile machinery from the local cotton and woollen mills from the 18th and 19th century as well as accompanying tools.

We have a large collection of everyday domestic items, a mangle, vacuum cleaner, outside privy (not in use!), kitchen ware, furniture, medical equipment etc from the 18th to the 20th century.

There is a transport section with a number of bikes, including a Penny Farthing, motor bikes and a classic Austin van from the 1930s.

Our costume and Fine Arts section is steadily growing.

We are always happy to receive new donations – any documents, objects, costume, paintings etc that have a connection with Saddleworth are most welcome – please contact the curator.

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