Events to mark the First World War Centenary: Oldhamers and the First World War

As part of the First World War centenary remembrance events, Oldham Local Studies in partnership with Oldham Libraries is presenting a series of talks across the Borough.

From Belgian refugees finding shelter in Oldham to Failsworth women and children coming together to enjoy each other’s company while sewing and knitting socks gloves and bandages for soldiers on the frontline, the talks tell Oldham’s First World War story.

Oldhamers and the battle of the Somme by John Fidler

Tickets can be booked by visiting, calling 0161 770 4654 or emailing


Oldhamers in World War One

Friday 28 September, 6pm, Oldham Library, Greaves Street, OL1 1AL

Belgian Refugees in Oldham

Monday 1 October, 2pm, Crompton Library, 7 Farrow Street East, Shaw, OL2 8QY

Conscientious Objection in Oldham

Tuesday 2 October, 6pm, Uppermill Library, St. Chad’s, Uppermill, OL3 6AP

The Failsworth & Woodhouses Comforts Society

Wednesday 3 October, 11am, Failsworth Library, Oldham Road, Failsworth M35 0FJ

Oldham Poets: The First World War in Verse

Wednesday 3 October, 6pm, Oldham Library, Greaves Street, OL1 1AL

Oldhamers and the Battle of the Somme

Thursday 4 October, 11am, Lees Library, Thomas Street, Lees, OL4 5DA

Royton Soldiers and the end of the First World War

Friday 5 October, 2pm, Royton Library, Rochdale Road, OL2 6QJ

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