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Fairfield Moravian Museum Open Days

Ashtac 50 Volunteers

John Smith's Canal Photos

John Smith was born in 1944 and grew up in Droylsden. As a boy he played and camped by the canal, helped in clean-ups, and thought the canal in Droylsden was massively neglected.

Towards the end of his life he showed his daughter his collection of canal photographs and expressed a desire for them to be shared somehow. John's daughter approached Tameside Local History Forum and, as a result, his collection has now been published on the web site shown below on behalf of John's family and Tameside Local History Forum. The photos are mostly of the Ashton Canal and start from the Manchester end.

Pennine waterways website

Local Studies and Archives Talks Spring 2022

** Tameside History Festival September 2021 **

Click to download the latest leaflet of events for the whole month. An eight page leaflet
with so many things to do this September including all the events being launched
by our Tameside Local History Forum for their "coming of age" 21 years of local history.
Download your copy here.

Programme amendment. "Newton Hall not opening on the 5th but on the 12th"

The information in the leaflet is not correct for St Anne's, Denton. see amended poster

John Gregory and the failed Franklyn Expediition of 1845

Click to read his story.
I have never before been asked to research
the background of anyone worthy of a facial reconstruction

Have just added a link to a very good website for Mossley Civic Centre. Mossley Civic Centre includes various Heritage Trails you can follow.


Obituary to our Former Chair, Alan Rose and a leaflet acknowledging others who have suppported our Forum in the past 20 years

Lancashire Local History Federation newsletter August 2021

Click here to download the latest Lancashire Local History Federation Newsletter
Plenty of Archaeology in this issue.

Lancashire Local History Federation newsletter February 2021

Click here to download the latest Lancashire Local History Federation Newsletter
Our Tameside contribution this time is on page 22 and is about the Armitage Family
Denton Local History Exibition 2019 Click to download advertisement 15th-20th October


A summation of my research into the Dukinfield Family and their links to Slavery in Jamaica and North Carolina and the Duckenfield family's visit in July 2019. An exciting story involving pirates, slaves, the lost colony of Roanoke Island, and the Eaton Family's foundation of New Haven, Connecticut. Plus the links to the Friends of Old Hall Chapel in Dukinfield and their aim to preserve the Chapel as a Preserved Ruin. CLICK HERE

Official Launch of Our Peterloo Exhibitions Wednesday 17th July 11.00am
at Portland Basin Museum

Tameside History Festival September 2019

Instead of the usual Heritage Open Days Tameside will be having events throughout September, many concerning the bicentennial of Peterloo

Click to download your copy

Display of Banners created by various Craft Groups, and an Exhibition and new Book

created by the History on your Doorstep Group

Audenshaw Local History Society
Our next meeting will be Monday 24th June 2019.
Ryecroft Hall, Manchester Road, Audenshaw, M34 5GQ.
AGM to be followed by a film show of "Local Interest".
All welcome £2 pay on the door.

Come along and support your local volunteers in our community.
Further information 07720248732

Ashton Civic Society Heritage Walk around Ashton on Saturday 22nd June

download this flyer for more information

New Book all about the First Females and the 1870 Education act by Mary Whitehead

Download the flyer for more details

Tameside Remembers Peterloo

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Major Release - Tameside Local Studies Library and Archives Centre gains Full National accreditation

We are one of just 5% of Archive Centres that have been awarded the Archive Accreditation Award, where we had to meet national standards relating to management and resourcing, the care of our collections and what services we offer. Our staff were praised for their innovative and effective service and our volunteer programme was especially commended.

Major Release - Tameside War Memorials in time for the Centenary

Kate Booth has been collecting information about all the War Memorials in Tameside over a number of years and the results can be seen here plus a downloable 81 page document listing all the names, also a list of of all the people who have reesearched the men on various memorials tamesidefamilyhistory.co.uk

Click here to download a double poster for a Christmas Tree Festival and Carols at Fairfield Moravian Village on Saturday 1st December.

Get yourself a team together and come and take part in our annual Quiz and potato pie supper.

Monday 26th November 2018 at Aldwynians RUFC Droylsden Road Audenshaw M34 5SN Tickets £5.50

Raffle tickets available with plenty of prizes. Come along and support your local volunteer group and have a good evening in the process.

Contact 0161 371 0770 for tickets

also our Armistice Centenary exhibition is on right through December at Ryecroft Hall Manchester Road Audenshaw M34 5ZJ. Free entry. Open Monday-Friday 10-5. All welcome.

Audenshaw Local History Society: click to go to their Exhibition page

Denton Local History Exhibition

Running from the 9th - 14th October at Denton St Lawrence Church

download this poster for more details

Tameside's Extraordinary Women

Kate Booth and I wanted to write a leaflet about Extraordinary Women from Tameside for people to have something to take away when visiting venues in September. The leaflet soon became a book celebrating eighty women from Tameside. We chose women who had made their mark outside the Tameside Boundaries, pioneers for women, those who have excelled in their field etc.

We made every attempt to contact living women to ask their permission to be included together with their biographical details. Most replied and wrote their own stories, for others we have removed all personal details and only included what is already in the public domain.

We are inordinately proud of our women and hope you enjoy our compilation. by completing this printable application form. The cost is only £1 to cover printing costs plus postage and handling.

Hannah Mitchell Talk

Tameside History club will be holding a talk on Hannah Mitchell on Wednesday 19th September at 2pm to book for free place on the talk please call 0161 342 4242 or email archives@tameside.gov.uk the talk will take place at Tameside Local Studies & Archive Centre, Old Street, Ashton.

Hannah was born in Derbyshire. In her burning ambition for education Hannah became a fighter, independent, radical and single minded. Her mother's effort to give her more womanly attributes had already floundered by Hannah's middle teens; she had abandoned an apprenticeship as a seamstress.

Hannah eventually found employment in Bolton which is where she met Gibbon Mitchell who was a member of the Fabian Society and shorty to become a founder member of the Independent Labour Party. They married in 1895 and she gave birth to a son and also cared for an orphaned niece.

Hannah began to speak publicly at meetings of the Independent Labour Party. She joined, and worked as a part-time organiser for Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst's Women's Social and Political Union. Hannah died on 22 October 1956 at home in Manchester. Her autobiography, The Hard Way Up, the Autobiography of Hannah Mitchell, Suffragette and Rebel, was edited by her grandson and published in 1968. There is a blue plaque dedicated to her on the wall of the house that she lived at 43 Elizabeth St, Ashton-under-Lyne between 1900 and 1910. 

Hannah is one of the women in the Women of Tameside Exhibition that can be seen at the Tameside Local Studies & Archive Centre on Tues, Weds, Thurs 10-5pm and Sat 10-1pm there is also a book 'Tameside's Women' available for a donation.



ON the 26th September 2018
Limited places to book call 0161 342 4242 Local Studies

Fairfield Calendars 2019

Full colour, 13 unique prints from individually drawn artistic impressions from Fairfield and celebrating its church year. Price £5.00 plus £2.00 Postage and packaging

To order one please contact Sr J Warr on 0161 370 0132 or by email jwarr@uwclub.net (all profits to Fairfield Moravian Church).

Click here to download more information and for images

Cross Street Exhumations

Cross St exhumations by Mark Bell CAF Archaeology on the 17th April at Dukinfield Old Chapel community room at 7pm £2 Tea/coffee. This should be a fascinating talk all about the bodies discovered during the Second City Metrolink crossing of St Peter's Square in Manchester.

Mossley Civic Society

Please download this press release for their new lottery Funded Heritage Project - Click to download a copy

Audenshaw Local History Society - Trip to Shrewsbury and Blakemore Village

Saturday 28th July 2018 our annual outing will be to Shrewsbury where there are more than 600 listed buildings, many of them Tudor. Then onto Blakemere village for the afternoon. Pick up in Audenshaw Ryecroft Hall 08.00. Ashton Prince of Orange 08.15. Returning 17.30 pm from Blakemere. £15.50 all classes. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Revised History Club Talks for 2018

History Club Flyer

The Story of Frances Lockett Britain's first Cotton Queen

Just thought people may be interested in this article about the cotton queens of this area

It's an interesting website too with lots of other interesting articles.

The Latest Lancashire History Federation Newsletter

Click to Download your Copy

Christmas Coffee Morning at Tameside Local Studies Library

coffee morning psoter

Lancashire Local History Federation Newsletter

Download a copy here. There is an article about Tameside Heritage Open Days.

Audenshaw Local History Society

Click here to download a copy of our Magazine Past and Present


Conference invitation from Tameside Council, Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group and Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust:

Ensuring that the public voice and opinion is at the heart of the public sector is key to designing approaches and strategies that both meet the needs of our communities and also respond to the challenging times faced by public sector organisations.

As part of this, we will be hosting a conference to provide opportunity to hear more about these approaches and also get involved in workshops/discussions about a set of specific programmes and developments.

We would like to invite you to join us on:

Friday 13th October
9.30am - 2pm
Main Hall at Hyde Town Hall

Due to venue capacity we request that you book in advance and spaces are initially limited to 2 per organisation. Please register by 29th September at which point we will start to allocate any remaining places. You can book a place via the following link:

Book Through Eventbrite - click here

If you would like additional places, please send details to deborah.roberts@tgh.nhs.uk and we will add to a waiting list.

Samuel Laycock

1 October 1867 - Samuel Laycock left his post as Librarian / Caretaker at Stalybridge Mechanics Institution to take a similar post at Fleetwood - in commemoration of this event a talk is to take place at the Tameside History Club held at the Local Studies Library in Ashton-under-Lyne

THIS IS NOT JUST ANOTHER OLD LOCAL POET, THIS IS SAMUEL LAYCOCK, the most celebrated local dialect author, who wrote stories, songs, and hymns, as well as poems. His most famous works are "Bonny Brid" and "Bowton's Yard". This is what he undertook in the spare time he had when he wasn't working, in the local cotton mill, in his photography shop in Mossley, and at the Stalybridge Mechanics Institute. This year marks the 150th Anniversary of Samuel Laycock leaving Stalybridge to go and live on the Fylde coast ..... so the event at 2.00pm on Wednesday 18 October, with an illustrated slide show, is the launch of a new book on Samuel which is entitled ....... "Remembered Still" ...... hope to see you there !!!

Tameside History Club

Heritage Open Days 2017

hods2017 please click here to download the full leaflet

late addition


Tameside Canal Boat Trust, Portland Basin Wharf, Ashton under Lyne, OL7 0QA

Free canal boat trips "behind closed doors" - up through the lock and back, which is not normally part of our public trips.

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th Sept; 11.00 am, 12.30, 1.45 and 3.00 pm

Tameisde History Club Talks

tameside history club talks

Click to download a copy of this leaflet

New Book Mossley RNLI by Shirley Howard and Alison Wild

It is the 50th year since the Mossley branch started. Shirley and Alison will be at The George Lawton Hall on Friday 1st September at 11.00am to sign copies. A celebratory cake and a short talk by Alison Wild.

Sales to help fund a new lifeboat at Lytham St Annes.

Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre

Making Friends with the Archives

30 May 'Living the Poor Life'
27 June 'How does your Garden Grow?
26 September 'The Great
31 October 'On the Move - Canals and Railways


24 May Lancashire Cotton Famine with Alice Lock
19 September Tracing Your Family History with Trish Phillips
8 November Historical Research using British Newspapers with Denise Bates

All need to be booked at Local Studies 342 4242

Dig Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival 2017

Venue: Fairfield Moravian Settlement, Droylsden Tameside M43 6AD (All parking At Fairfield High School, Fairfield Avenue M43 6ED Thanks)

Date & Time: Saturday 24 June 2017 12noon - 5pm

The Settlement was built in 1785 and its buildings and cobbled streets remain largely unchanged today.

We are offering:

Walk 1 - Maximum 20 places at 2pm This will be around the original border of the site looking at what the pre-industrial landscape would have been like when Manchester was a small, distant village.

Walk 2 - Maximum 20 places at 3.15pm Tour round Settlement taking in its history and changes (Please book these walks with Eventbrite details to follow shortly)

Settlement Museum click to download the latest museum leaflet.

Exhibition - About Tameside's Local Archaeology and History

Light Refreshments available


Events to commemorate 100 years since the munitions explosion that occurred on June 13th 1917 in Ashton-under-Lyne

Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 4:20 St Peter's children will be performing a song cycle in Ashton Town centre (at the market) to mark exactly 100 years since the tragic event

Thursday 22nd June at 6:30 St Peter's Church will be hosting an evening where the children from St Peter's school will perform the song cycle - with all donations given to The Royal British Legion

Wednesday 19th July & Thursday 20th July at 6:00 St Peter's Year 6 children's end-of-year production'BLAST!', (a musical written by the children) to be held at St Peter's CE Primary School -tickets available from the school - £3.00 each.

Click below to download a copy of the latest Tameside Cultural Events booklet.
Over 50 events from March - September 2017: Download here.
Tameside Local Plan - consultation 23 March - 6th April

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council recently announced its intention to prepare a new Local Plan, that once adopted will replace the saved policies of its existing 2004 Unitary Development Plan. The Local Plan will reflect the context provided by national policy, guidance and the emerging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) and set out the vision, objectives and local planning policies to guide development in the Borough up to at least 2035. The Council invited views about what the new Local Plan ought to contain between Monday 23 January 2017 and Monday 6 March 2017. The representations made in relation to this consultation are currently being considered. Please download the full document here.

Hurst St John Craft Fair on Saturday 1st April - lots to do and see download the flyer

16th March a walk around old Ashton (Alan Rose's) with Alice Lock meet at Ashton Parish church Stamford St near People First, at 12 oclock then onto Local Studies for Larysa's last day.

20th March the unveiling of the Arthur Brooke Blue Plaque at Molly Malones pub George St Ashton 2pm, a low key event.

25th March a hard hat tour of Old Chapel Dukinfield limited places contact 07542001003.

2nd April A grave yard tour at St George's Mossley meet at 1pm stout shoes, no dogs, limited places of 30 email chris or Shirley Howard and Rita Vaughan.

5th April 1-3pm Pond Dipping at Gorse Hall with Lesley Bardsley and Friends of Gorse Hall meet at main entrance High St Stalybridge.

Unveiling of the Ousey marble at Ryecroft Hall 24th March contact Julie Fisher and trip to Carnforth.

Audenshaw Local History Society Annual Trip

Saturday 29th of July - Ryecroft Hall 08.30 pick up then Prince of Orange bus lay-by in Ashton 09.00 then onto Carnforth Stn where we will have ample time to look round the visitors centre & Museum , also sample a Home made soup or Cream Tea from the famous 'Buffet Bar' or stroll onto the town.

Then after, we travel to Lancaster where we have 3 to 4 hours ........ At Leisure 5.pm return..
The cost is £15.

Tameside History on Your Doorstep Research Group - don't forget all welcome to sort the Reporter old photos will bring back memories of all things past every Thursday at Local Studies 1pm.

Masterclass in researching your Military Family History Wednesday 22nd March at Tameside local Studies - booking essential. click here for poster with more information
Trip to Whitby organised by the Frienda of Ashton Parish church, Click to download their poster for more information
Trip to Arley Hall and Knutsford, suggested day 15th June - likely cost will be around £10 for transport and £10 entrance to the hall. We will be asking for deposits soon, more information at our AGM on 28th February - see home page for details

Old Chapel, Dukinfield can now prepare for the repairs to this most important building, thanks to a large grant from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Click here for PRESS RELEASE
Mossley Town Team has launched their WW1 Blue Plague Trail in conjunction with Mossley Civic society and Mossley Town Council. Click here for a detailed leaflet
Next Talk of Tameside Family History Group will be a presentation by members of the History on Your Doorstep Group about their research into the Cockbrook area of Ashton-under-Lyne at Old Chapel Schoolrooms, Dukinfield, Wednesday 9th November 2016 doors open 7.00pm
Next Talk of Tameside Family History Group will be about "Belle Vue" Remembered by Frank Rhodes inaugural award winner celebrating world renowned science historian and advocate of Manchester's Heritage Professor - John Pickstone. Old Chapel Schoolrooms, Dukinfield, Wednesday 12th October doors open 7.00pm
Tameside Fun Palace - Saturday 1st October 10.00am - 3.00pm, a team of family history researchers will be there to help, Tameside History Forum will be there with members and various book publications. Also two presentations about DNA and Family History Mysteries at 11.00am and 1.00pm, click for flyer.
A new book written by Alison Wild and Shirley Howard all about the History of Mossley Churches and Schools will be launched at George Lawton Hall Monday 10 October 2016. Click for Flyer
A guided Rememberance Tour of Mossley Cemetery on Sunday 6th November at 11.00am Click for more information
The latest series of talks happening at Tameside History Club, click for leaflet
Roman Roads Convention Saturday and Sunday 12th, 13th November at York. click for full details
New member of our Forum, Hurst St John's church and details of their Battle of the Somme Comemoration. Click to download a poster
Oldham Council Destroys Heritage Bridge without consulting interested groups. Click to read the full story. Bridge Demolition
Albion URC is 200 years old. Please visit their website to discover all their centenary celebrations. www.albionurc.org.uk
Rita Vaughan has written two new books: I have just written two new books:- "Mossley St John Ambulance" and "Stories About Mossley" and they are being launched on Friday 6th May 2016 at 11.00 am in the bar area at George Lawton Hall, Mossley, where I will give a talk about the books. Afterwards the books will be available for purchase from myself, and at both Mossley Library and the Local Studies Library in Ashton-under-Lyne. A "meet the author" event will be at the Local Studies Library in Ashton from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm on Wednesday 25th May 2016. If you are unable to attend either of these events and would like to purchase a copy, then I can post a copy of one or both of the books to you.
Click to read a publicity article that explains more about each of the books. Rita Vaughan 1 May 2016
Very Sad News our chairman Alan Rose born 16th May 1937 at Openshaw, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home on 21st March 2016. Donations to Christian Aid - no flowers. Funeral will take place on Wednesday 13th April at 10.00am at Stalybridge Methodist Church followed by 11.30am at Dukinfield Crematorium. Click here to read a tribute to Alan written by Alice Lock.

Please click here to read about the plans this year for the 150 anniversary of Beatrix Potter by the Friends of Gorse Hall.

the latest programme of talks and walks for Tameside History Club for the rest of 2016. Click for Poster

'Women's Suffrage-1911 Census in Ashton' the talk is given by Alice Locke. at Ryecroft Hall 7.15 pm Monday 23rd of May 2016. All welcome, please come in and learn the history on your doorstep. Non members £2 entrance.

Frank Rhodes takes the inaugural award celebrating world renowned science historian and advocate of Manchester's Heritage Professor - John Pickstone. Click for more details.

Please see the Newsletter from the Lancashire Local History Federation.
Our Forum has joined and will be looking for contributions from our groups for any future events to go into the next issue - closing date 15th May.

Please download a copy of the latest Newsletter from the Lancaster University Heritage Newsletter.

Download a copy of Tameside MBC Winter Cultural Events brochure

Download a copy of Tameside MBC Summer 2016 Cultural Events brochure

New Book, "Mossley Remembers WW2"
by Rita Vaughan, Shirley Howard, Alison Wild
Click here for more details

World War One Centenary Projects - up-dated November 2014
Click here to go to a page listing the progress of all WWI Centenary Projects in Tameside


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