Welcome to Saddleworth Museum’s Archives
One of our hidden treasures is undoubtedly our archive. We have one of the single richest sources of local history to be found in the north of England. There are maps, photographs, books, deeds, wills, census returns and Parish records and those other physical objects not suitable for collection categorisation. The earliest date back to the late 1500’s. Some of these will have been accessioned (see our Collections page) and others will have our archive record trail. Some are so delicate that can only be handled with gloves etc. in a research environment and often with initial supervision.
Our archive is available by appointment only. Historians, research graduates and members of the public engaged in the family research sessions (see our Events page) are most welcome to make an appointment with our curator. Our curator, learning activity officer and school programmes always have priority access to both our collections and archives.
Saddleworth Museum is also fortunate to have access to thousands of additional photographs outside the official archive in both our museum and private collections that are mostly a social and cultural record, rather than an official historical record, of old Saddleworth. Only our curator has access and the authority to release these into the public domain.
Neither the archive, or the additional photographs, can be photographed or copied or replicated in any way without the express permission of our curator.
Number of items in our archive
Number of images old Saddleworth
An extract from our Galleries page – gallery three slide show
…On the right of this table we are still developing our electronic archive and collections database to view. Unfortunately, this has been “abused” and “mis-used” by members of the visiting public…
As both the caretaker and trustee of our archives and collections the museum is dedicated to preserving, and showcasing, the items under our protection. Whilst we fix the problem above, in the slideshow below, please find a few examples from our archive and photographs.