A Portal to Oldham’s Industrial Past

Gallery Oldham

  • Activity
  • KS 2
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Local History


This interactive and immersive workshop replaces What Made Oldham the Biggest Cotton Spinning Town in the World? Pupils meet famous Oldham photographer Squire Knott in 1876 through a time portal and he tells them about Oldham’s role in the Industrial Revolution. Pupils take part in activities to learn where cotton comes from, how it was spun, the importance of coal and the railways as well as considering the different views of mill workers, mill owners and slaves who picked cotton. 


Standard workshop £100

Standard in-house workshops last 2 hours and can be booked for the morning or afternoon. Self-guided visits are free but please book in advance with the Education Assistant.

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Gallery Oldham


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