June 9, 2022, 10:00 am - June 11, 2022, 5:00 pm

Manchester Histories Festival 2022 – Gallery Oldham

This year, Gallery Oldham celebrates its 20th birthday, and we are thrilled to be working with them on a number of events, talks, and exhibitions.

Gallery Oldham, OL1 1AL


10 Years of British Wildlife Photography Awards (from Thursday 9th) This retrospective of the British Wildlife Photography Awards looks at the past 10 years and for the first time will include all the overall winners along with a selection of images including category winners and highly commended images, that have made this the exciting and wonderful event it is today. 

The Nature Table: Work by Sheila Tilmouth (from Saturday 11th) – Sheila Tilmouth is captivated and curious about the complexity of life forms and their fragile dependence on natural habitats within our landscape. She uses photography and microscopes to discover and magnify the extraordinary lives that are hidden all around us and in the miniature worlds beneath our feet. 

Ants by Sheila Tilmouth

Talks (Saturday 11 June)

Curator talk – Climate Change Then and Now
– Join Gallery Oldham’s Natural History Curator to take a long view of climate change. The talk will begin with the fossil displays in our Oldham Stories exhibitions and then move through to the species and habitats in the British Wildlife Photography exhibition.

Artist’s talk – The Nature Table – Sheila Tilmouth will be hosting a guided talk through her new exhibition and speaking about the species and habitats that inspire her artwork.

Oldham Microscopical Society
– The Society will present a range of specimens and activities allowing visitors to explore how climate change continues to affect the plants and animals with whom we share our planet.


Climate Connections: New Climate Voices on Video – Short film series from Crossing Footprints’ Climate Connections project, connecting diverse, migrant and low income communities with climate change. A new digital arts project enabling diverse, migrant and working class local people from Oldham to have a voice in the environmental movement and creating a series of ultra-short videos.

Artist Kooj Chuhan will give a short talk about the films at 12pm in Gallery Oldham Foyer.

Northern Roots 

The UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park on 160 acres of stunning green space in the heart of Oldham, will be releasing short digital content which brings to life 4 key areas in which Northern Roots is working to combat climate change. The digital content has been made by University of Salford students, as part of a partnership project Northern Roots have been running with the MA Digital Video & Marketing programme. A host of interactive/arts activities based on botany, biodiversity and environment will also take place across the festival. See their website for more details.

We are delighted to have partnered with ecolibrium, a live events industry response to the climate crisis, taking action to reduce travel impacts and invest in climate solutions. We encourage everyone attending the festival to balance your travel emissions. Simply use the travel calculator to work out your travel impacts and donate to balance them.


We endeavour to ensure that Festival events are accessible to all and welcome you to contact us regarding any specific requirements you may have before the event: info@manchesterhistories.co.uk or 0161 306 1982.

The venue is fully accessible with disabled toilets.

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