You’re invited! Celebrate plans for Oldham’s new Heritage and Arts Centre

GALLERY Oldham is inviting Oldham residents and visitors to celebrate plans for OMA – Oldham’s new Heritage and Arts Centre – and the National Lottery’s 25th birthday.

Pop down to the Gallery on Saturday, November 30 from 1pm-4pm to join in the fun.

Plans for the new OMA building have reached an exciting phase with contractors Interserve appointed, plans finalised, and progress set to start on site in spring.

Come to ‘OMA Transformation Party’ and enjoy a behind the scenes tour to explore the art and natural collections of Gallery Oldham.

Don’t forget to book your free ticket as places are limited. Just visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-of-the-natural-history-store-tickets-81763000335

See a special display of the OMA building plans at Oldham Local Studies and Archives and watch a digital flythrough of what the restored building will look like on completion.

You can also take a step back in time and find out more about some special historic items from the original Old Library.

And take a glimpse at the incredible 3D scans created by University Campus Oldham, capturing every detail, nook, cranny and feature of the old building.

Put your creative side to the test and help compose a new song about Oldham and OMA with Lancashire singer and songwriter Jay Stansfield.

A sunny day makes all the difference. Artist Alison Cooper knows this all too well and she will be there helping you create ‘super sun’ prints inspired by intricate drawings of the Old Library building.

Or join in with The Love Letter to Oldham, a huge community writing project capturing everything you love about where you live.

Rebekah Sutcliffe, Strategic Director of Communities and Reform, said: “I encourage everyone to come along to this event and find out more about the brilliant new plans to bring the Old Library building back to life into this exciting new venue.

“There’s a full day of activities for all the family and you will get chance to see the new exciting plans for the building, set to open in 2021.

“OMA is part of our commitment to improve Oldham’s cultural offer in the town centre and beyond.”

The project has been made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund alongside local philanthropist Sir Norman Stoller.

This year the National Lottery is 25 years old and is marking the many schemes it has funded with a special #ThanksToYou campaign.

The first 25 people to bring a lottery ticket along to the Transformation Party will receive a special goody bag as our #ThanksToYou.

Find out more on Gallery Oldham’s blog: www.galleryoldham.org.uk/blog-welcome/ 

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