OLDHAM residents are being invited to take part in the a history festival which started on Tuesday and runs until October 5.

The Oldham Histories Festival run by Oldham Council's heritage service is now in its 15th year and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

With more than 50 events, from film talks to ghost walks, there’s plenty to experience and town hall chiefs say there is something for everyone to enjoy.

This year’s event features a number of exciting activities spread right across the borough.

Highlights include: Building Stones of Oldham on Thursday, September 12, The Oldham Microscopical and Natural history Society Day on Saturday, September 14, Peterloo – The Aftermath on Monday, September 30 and Activism in Oldham at Lees Library on Friday, October 4.

Leader of the council and cabinet member for libraries, heritage and local studies, Councillor Sean Fielding, said: “Our heritage service has organised an excellent programme of free events which gives visitors the chance to get see a glimpse of buildings or areas not usually open to the public.

“Oldham is steeped in history and has been home to some extraordinary people. This is a chance for residents to find out more about history in their local area and the buildings around them.”

“We have some wonderful buildings in Oldham, including a number of lesser known ones. I would urge residents to take advantage of this once a year opportunity and get involved in some unique and interesting activities throughout the month of September.”

To see all of the events just download the Oldham Histories Festival and Heritage Open Day brochure by visiting www.oldham.gov.uk/heritageopendays.