Olympia “International” typewriter with an Urdu keyboard.
This typewriter was donated by ORIC (Oldham’s Asian Languages Translation service) which later became Voluntary Action Oldham. The typewriter was donated to the group by a local company in 1983.
Between 1983 and 1993 this machine was used by ORIC (Oldham’s Asian Languages Translation service) to produce leaflets for new arrivals to the town. The group translated leaflets into several languages to help recent immigrants who arrived in the 1970s and 1980s to work in the town’s textile mills. The machine was finally replaced with a PC in 1993.