Migrant communities

Sources of information on migrant communities held in the Oldham Local Studies and Archives.


  • Archives of the Asian Business Association [M166]
  • ABA HLF Project Oral History Recordings [M185]
  • Archive of Mushtaq Raja [M171]
  • Archive of Mr Akhtar Zahid [M191]
  • Oldham Community Development Project [CDP]
  • High Expectations HLF Project – Archive of the Oldham West Indian Community [WIC]

Secondary Sources

  • Cotton, Curry and Commerce: The history of Asian businesses in Oldham
  • Hum Log: Stories of Oldham’s Asian Communities – The experiences of Oldham’s first Asian settlers in their own words
  • A selection of surveys, profiles and reports covering migrant communities in Oldham
  • Local newspapers and cuttings


  • An extensive collection of photographs, including the Nadir Hussain Collection (a record of significant events in the Pakistani heritage community [P48613 – P48680]).


Add your story to our collection

If you have any records (like photographs and diaries) that illustrate the history and experiences of people from migrant communities in Oldham, and would like to see them preserved for future generations, we would love to hear from you. Find out how to do that on our Archives page