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This section is designed to keep you informed of those activites and events of interest to the “Friends” of the Saddleworth Museum and Gallery.

Your support is most valued.


“Dear Friends, 2018 has been a rather busy year with the change in data protection regulations which took place on the 25th May 2018. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) superseded the UK Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 and now applies to all organisations (like the “Friends”), who hold personal data. We sent out copies of the amended privacy statements. Please click on this link here and read if you wish to know more. >>> Friends Privacy Statement

Renewal, and new membership forms have also been amended to reflect this change.

Should something not have been made clear please leave a message for me at the museum by hand or phone between 1 and 4 pm, or email friends@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk Thank you! Charlie Middlewood (Friends Membership Secretary) 26th May 2018″

  • Please remember to bring your membership card with you should you wish to visit the museum galleries free, purchase items from the shop or attend an event.
  • Your latest newsletter is available here. Please select the link here for pdf version >>> November 2018 Newsletter This included both your invitation to the AGM, Xmas Party and a blank nomination for the committee form. Click here for the pdf version >>> Committee nomination form

  • It would be great to see you on the 4th December!

  • Your next newsletter is due on, or around 1st March 2019.


On the 25th November the Friends of Saddleworth Museum will provide supper at the Millgate Arts Centre from 5.30 pm prior to the curtain raising at 7.30 pm for the performance.

The Millgate Arts Centre (in association with the Saddleworth Players) invite local charities to raise funds for their organisation by selling tickets for a half or a full house at the Sunday evening performance of the Saddleworth Players productions. Many charities have benefited from this facility and may have boosted funds further by providing a supper for the audience. The Saddleworth Players give their performance free of charge, and the charity is asked to pay only the royalties fee.

In the 2018 the Saddleworth Players have already staged 4 such theatrical performances.

The next play, “The Pitmen Painters”, runs from 24th November to 1st December and the Saddleworth Museum and Gallery (registered charity no. 528225) , are honoured to accept the Saddleworth Players invitation for their charity performance on Sunday 25th November!

The Friends of Saddleworth Museum will provide supper at the Millgate Arts Centre from 5.30 pm prior to the curtain raising at 7.30 pm for the performance.

The cost is £12.50 per person and must be booked 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.

New Friends of Saddleworth Museum and Gallery

Joining Forms are usually available in museum reception. This section is designed to provide the website visitor and any prospective  “Friend”  with information.

A very warm welcome should you decide to join us, and your support would be most valued !

Benefits of Joining

• By joining, you help sustain, on an annual basis, an essential community resource.
• By joining, you help support the continued preservation and showcasing of our local history and heritage.
• You would enjoy free admission to the museum galleries (the current entrance fees for non-members vary from £2 to £6) all year around and for as many visits as you want.
• You would be entitled to a 5% discount on most items in the museum shop.
• You would receive, free, our regular Friends newsletter with articles and information concerning the museum itself, the people, activities, events and exhibitions.
• You would receive priority invitations to social events organised by the Friends and Volunteers, including a variety of interesting trips.
• You would have the opportunity to enjoy meeting a friendly group of like-minded people (e.g. we hold a coffee morning on the second Wednesday of every month) when Friends and non-Friends are most welcome

You control exactly how much you want to become involved.

Request a Friends NEW membership form

Please complete and submit the form below should you wish that our membership secretary sends you a new members application form. Gift Aid it if you can. many thanks!

Membership joining forms are also available in our shop and we hope early next year to launch our website version.

Costs of Joining

We offer a variety of annual membership schemes for both individuals and families. At the time of writing the costs are, individual student or concessionary (those of retirement age) £10, individual adult £12and family membership for four (up to two parents or grandparents and two children or grandchildren) £25.

Friends events and activities

For our Friends Events, and any Contact Forms we may have for that event, throughout the year please look at our   “Events” page.

Friends volunteering opportunities

We are always looking for existing Friends to help the committee in both the background (e,g. administration and organisation) and more visible (e.g. selling raffle tickets and collecting entrance fees) activities. Please email friends@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk should you be interested.