These are the regular events held in our community gallery-see below for other special events

Weekly

Tuesday am and pm Canal Side Quilters led by Sue Warburton. £10 annual fee and £3 per session The Canal Side Quilters are one of our special Partners. Please click on the above for a direct link.

Wednesday amVolunteers Day– volunteers may be using the gallery to work on museum collections etc.

Other

(more frequently than monthly)

2nd & 4th Monday each month (excepting bank holidays) Family History Help Desk – by appointment & drop in. Museum admission charge applies. – see below

Monthly

2nd Monday in the monthVolunteer Evening. Free. – see below

2nd Wednesday in the monthFriends Coffee Morning. £1.30 – see below

2nd Sunday in the monthFriends Farmers Market. Free. – see below

Other

(possibly less frequently than monthly)

Saddleworth Historical Society & Saddleworth Civic Trust events and talks-see their websites

School Half Term and Summer Holidays  – Activities for the young organised by our learning officers, Lindsey & Tim. Charges apply. – see below

These are some special dates for your diary

A special charity evening. Supper at the Millgate Arts Centre followed by a performance of “The Pitman Painters” > Sunday 25th November from 5.30 pm. £12.50 per person. Book in advance only at Saddleworth Museum

Saddleworth Museum (charity no. 528225) has been selected by the Millgate Arts Centre as one of their nominated charities for a Sunday evening performance by the Saddleworth Players. More information is available on http://www.saddleworthplayers.org.uk/pages/charities

The “Friends” of Saddleworth Museum will provide a supper at the Millgate Arts Centre from 5.30 pm on Sunday 25th November before the performance.  At 7.30 pm the curtain raises on a performance by the Saddleworth Players of “The Pitmen Painters” by Lee Hall. This is the true- life and enlightening story which rocked the 1930s art world. Like Billy Elliot, possibly Lee Hall’s most commercially successful work, this is also set in the North East.

The cost is £12.50 per person and you will need to book in advance. Tickets for this event are only available from the reception desk at the museum which is open between 1 and 4 pm daily. The telephone number at the museum is 01457 874093.

Family History Drop-in and Help Desk > Monday 26th November between 1 – 4 pm. £5 includes museum gallery admission (this session is £3 for “Friends” of the Museum).

Our learning officer, or a dedicated volunteer, will be on hand today to offer assistance for people embarking on family history research or who need help with a particular area. It would be most helpful if you could bring any information you have already gathered with you. Please inform reception when you arrive and you will then be guided through your search and the use of our computerised facility in our gallery three. You will also be free to view all the collections in all the museum galleries at your leisure.

To avoid long waiting times it may also help if you could let us know in advance the approximate time of your visit should you wish to use this service.

The museum is open 1 – 4 pm daily if you wish to inform reception in advance or telephone 01457 874093 or email tim@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk

(for those who only have a only a single question or short query please email tim@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk at any time or ask for Tim when you arrive and wait in reception)

DECEMBER LAUNCH! Saddleworth Museum’s exclusive 2019 Calendar > £6.99

This exclusive calendar, containing beautiful images of Old Saddleworth, is now on sale in the museum shop. If you cannot make it into Uppermill why not ring our shop between 1 and 4 pm, find out the cost, send us the money and arrange for a copy to be posted to you?

This calendar is unique and was especially created by our curator from our photographic archives of old Saddleworth.

The museum shop is open 1 – 4 pm daily  or telephone 01457 874093 or email curator@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk

The Museum is to be the site of the Round Table Santa Dash registration and Uppermill Xmas lights “switch on” > Saturday 1st December. The Museum cannot help with enquiries.

See the round table Facebook site at www.facebook.com/SaddleworthRT and their website at www.saddleworthroundtable.co.uk

Details as known to this website in November

  • Day and evening market stalls in the car park outside the Museum and at the “Square”.
  •  From noon until around 2 pm registration at the Museum for the Santa Dash. See www.saddleworthroundtable.co.uk, www.eventbrite.com/e/saddleworth-santa-dash-2018-tickets and www.facebook.com/SaddleworthRT for more details.
  • around 1.30 pm the pre-race warm up starts at the Square.
  • 2.30 pm prompt the Santa Dashes starts at the Square.
  • around 3.45 pm the Morris Men with Santa Parade starts from the Square down to the Museum.
  • around 4 pm the lights switch on at the Museum.
  • around 4.15 pm the Santa Parade starts from the Museum to the Square.
  • the St Chad’s School Choir and the Dobcross Youth Band will be in attendance.
  • around 6 pm the event will be closed with a firework finale.

FIRST DAY ART EXHIBITION > Saddleworth Group of Artists Sunday 2nd December. Community Gallery 1 – 4 pm. Free

The Saddleworth Group of Artists “Winter Exhibition” runs from the 1st December to 5th January 2019.

Please see the “Exhibitions” page on this website for more information.

The Friends of the Museum AGM and Party > Tuesday 4th December from 7pm onwards. AGM open to Friends only. Party open to ALL but please bring something for the table. 

After a short AGM in the community gallery we have a small break and prepare for our seasonal party. There will be the usual musical entertainment, some quizzes and a chance to catch up.

Food is the usual shared supper so please contribute a dish of your choice. Glasses will be available for liquid refreshments. Whilst soft drinks and wine will be available on a donation only basis you are more than welcome to bring your own drink of choice if you want.

Please see the Friends page should you need a nomination for the committee form or just drop in a note at reception, for the secretary or email friends@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk if you have any questions.

IT WOULD BE GREAT TO SEE YOU!

Victorian Craft Workshop & Santa’s Grotto > Saturday 8th December. 1 – 4 pm. £5 per child

Make a scented Victorian pomander and paper bauble in our Victorian craft workshop in the community gallery.Come and meet Santa (each child receives a wrapped gift) in the museum grotto.

Refreshments will be available to purchase from the counter in the community gallery.

Please buy tickets (£5 per child), and tell us the age of the child/children in advance at the museum to guarantee a place.

Please email learning@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk if you have any questions about this event. Tickets are available from the reception desk at the museum which is open between 1 and 4 pm daily. The telephone number is 01457 874093.

FARMERS MARKET > Sunday 9th December  9 am – 2 pm. Free.

One stall/gazebo outside the museum entrance with other stalls inside the community gallery. Products can change but there are usually breads, cheeses, olives, teas, coffees and chocolates often of high “artisan” quality. Well worth a visit!
Please text or ring Oliver on 07761 261349 or ring Oliver on 01457 873590 should you wish to book a stall for this event.

Family History Drop-in and Help Desk > Monday 10th December between 1 – 4 pm. £5 includes museum gallery admission (this sessions is £3 for “Friends” of the Museum).

Our learning officer, or a dedicated volunteer, will be on hand today to offer assistance for people embarking on family history research or who need help with a particular area. It would be most helpful if you could bring any information you have already gathered with you. Please inform reception when you arrive and you will then be guided through your search and the use of our computerised facility in our gallery three. You will also be free to view all the collections in all the museum galleries at your leisure.

To avoid long waiting times it may also help if you could let us know in advance the approximate time of your visit should you wish to use this service.

The museum is open 1 – 4 pm daily if you wish to inform reception in advance or telephone 01457 874093 or email tim@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk

(for those who only have a only a single question or short query please email tim@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk at any time or ask for Tim when you arrive and wait in reception)

FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM COFFEE MORNING > Wednesday 12th December 10 am – 12 noon£1.30 entrance includes a pot of tea or cafetière of coffee and biscuits.

In our rather nice community gallery. Buns or cakes (a “slice of something nice”), are also available to purchase at very reasonable prices.

A raffle will be held and our homemade stall may be in operation. The monthly draw will be made for the 200+ club and prizes handed out. Please come along to meet friends, make friends, find out about “Friends of the Museum” events, the 200 club and maybe call in to the museum shop or galleries afterwards.

The Museum Shop and Visitor Information Centre are open every day (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).Monday to Sunday 1-4 pm !

Saddleworth Cards and Gifts Unique to the Museum

We now have our new ranges of wonderful Saddleworth and Yorkshire gifts, including mugs, books, maps, prints, cards and foods. We also carry items ideal as “stocking fillers” for children and our exclusive calendar, containing beautiful images of Old Saddleworth.

This calendar is unique and was especially created by our curator from our photographic archives of old Saddleworth.

The community gallery is also hosting the “Winter Exhibition” by the Saddleworth Group of Artists where their paintings will be on sale for that extra special Christmas present.

 

Please pop in and browse!

Telephone 01457 874093 or email curator@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk

FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM COFFEE MORNING > Wednesday 9th January 10 am – 12 noon£1.30 entrance includes a pot of tea or cafetière of coffee and biscuits.

In our rather nice community gallery. Buns or cakes (a “slice of something nice”), are also available to purchase at very reasonable prices.

A raffle will be held and our homemade stall may be in operation. The monthly draw will be made for the 200+ club and prizes handed out. Please come along to meet friends, make friends, find out about “Friends of the Museum” events, the 200 club and maybe call in to the museum shop or galleries afterwards.

FARMERS MARKET > Sunday 13th January 9 am – 2 pm. CANCELLED

Our  first Farmers’ Market in 2019 will be on the 10th February. 

FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM VOLUNTEER EVENING > Monday 14th January 7 – 9 pm

The museum relies heavily on its’ “Friends” and Volunteers. The “Friends of the Museum” need more volunteers to help them with a number of activities. All new volunteers can register on a Wednesday morning but we also offer, an informal preview and one to one discussion, this evening should you be thinking of volunteering. The museum is an essential community resource and charity and accredited museum. 

Whilst all current volunteers will be most welcome to attend this evening, the Friends of the Museum require volunteers to help with: –

• Fund raising
• Event organisation
• Specific Projects
• The Friends Committee
• The Website
• Databases
• Etc.

If you think you can help us in any way it would be great to see you!

FARMERS MARKET > Sunday 10th February 9 am – 2 pm. Free.

One stall/gazebo outside the museum entrance with other stalls inside the community gallery. Products can change but there are usually breads, cheeses, olives, teas, coffees and chocolates often of high “artisan” quality. Well worth a visit!
Please text or ring Oliver on 07761 261349 or ring Oliver on 01457 873590 should you wish to book a stall for this event.

To find out more about future events why not join the “Friends” of the Museum- see the Friends page- and receive their regular newsletter. These are just a few of the special events you can expect to appear on this page…………

TRIPS

  • Trips and excursions. Places may need to be reserved in advance.

FRIENDS’ COFFEE MORNINGS

  • Currently every second Wenesady in the month,  a pot of tea or cafetiere of coffee and biscuits. 200+ draw, raffle and cake stall. £1.30 on the day.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUNG

  • “Seasonal” workshops, activities and crafts for the young run by learning officers.Places may need to be reserved in advance. E.g. Santa at Xmas

FAMILY TRAILS & BAGS

  • Families visiting our museum galleries may enjoy the family trails and bags provided on request as part of the entrance fee. Organised by our Learning Officers.

QUIZZES

  • Team Quiz nights with Supper. Places may need to be reserved in advance.

OLD SADDLEWORTH PHOTOS & FILM

  • Historical Saddleworth Photos and Films presented by our Curator. Entrance fee often discounted for “Friends”.

HERITAGE and HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND EVENTS

  • Open days (as part of the annual heritage festival) and special offers (to say thank you to lottery players from the Heritage Lottery Fund-North West).

ART EXHIBITION PREVIEWS

  • Our community gallery hosts art exhibitions by local and internationally acclaimed artists. Special evening, or day, previews are often held. Please see our “Exhibitions” page.

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUNG

  • Half-Term or Summer Holiday workshops, creative activities and crafts for the 4 – 11 year old. Places may need to be reserved in advance.

TAPAS EVENINGS

  • Tapas evenings organised by the “Friends” of the Museum. Places may need to be reserved in advance

LINKING SCHOOLS & EXPLORE LEARNING OLDHAM

  • Linking Schools and other Explore Learning projects organised by our Learning Officers. Please see our “Learning” page.

MUSIC & DRAMA

  • Events providing musical and theatrical entertainment, whether as part of a festival, or provided by the museum staff and  volunteers. Places may need to be reserved in advance.

AFTERNOON TEAS & PLANT SALES

  • Afternoon Teas & Plant Sales organised by the “Friends” of the Museum.

FARMERS MARKETS

  • Farmers Markets organised by the “Friends” of the Museum. Currently every second Sunday in the month. Free entry.

FRIENDS ANNUAL LUNCHEON

  • An exclusive event for the “Friends” of the Museum, an annual luncheon held in the community gallery. This event is by invitation only.

MUSEUM TOURS & GUIDED WALKS

  • Museum Tours and Guided Walks provided by our volunteers. Places may need to be reserved in advance. 

And so much more……

  • Book Signings, Yorkshire Day information centres and so much more……

……………………………….Gallery Hire

Our impressive canal side community gallery is available for hire to accommodate your corporate, charity, association or family function. If you would like more details please contact the curator, Peter Fox, on 01457 874093 or use the contact form below.