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Touchstones Rochdale

Touchstones Rochdale is the Borough's Arts and Heritage Centre including:

  • 'Hands on' museum for all the family
  • Art Gallery
  • Local Studies Centre
  • Education Service
  • Visitor Information centre and shop.

Gallery One is the space for people who live or work in the borough of Rochdale to organise and show their own exhibitions. To find out how to submit an application please go to the Gallery One page.

This exciting arts and heritage centre has something special for everyone with a changing programme of exhibitions and events.

Current Exhibitions at Touchstones Rochdale

pdfTouchstones April September 2014 brochure

Touchstones Rochdale Schools Education Programme eBrochure 2014-15

pdfBlue Plaques in Rochdale Town Centre

Follow this link to take a virtual tour of Touchstones Rochdale.

Access

Free Admission

Free WiFi

Opening Times

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

We want everyone to enjoy their visit toTouchstones Rochdale. If you have special requirement, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to help you.

Touchstones Rochdale is fully accessible for people using wheelchairs including an accessible toilet. There are three designated parking bays for blue badge holders outside the centre. Collapsible seats are available for use in the galleries and there is a lift available. Induction loop facilities are available in various locations in the building.

We are always looking to improve the service we provide our visitors please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions.

Where to find us

We are located close to Rochdale town centre approximately 5 to 10 minutes walk from Rochdale Interchange and Metrolink and 10 minutes from Rochdale Railway Station. 10 minutes drive from J20-M62. Cycle parking is avilable outside the Centre with Pay & Display car parking available close by.


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Cafe Life

Cafe Life has now reopenend and is being run by Pure Innovations. Offering teas, coffees, soft drinks and light refreshments the opening hours are 10am - 4pm with food served from 11am.

Greater Manchester Museums Group

We're proud to be part of Greater Manchester Museums Group and of our latest partnership project Our Connected History where you can find out more about our art and museum collections online.

Art Gallery

The Art Gallery at Touchstones Rochdale consists of four gallery spaces: one for the Borough's impressive collections, two for the best in visiting contemporary art, craft and design and a dedicated community gallery, Gallery One.

What's On at Touchstones Rochdale

Past Exhibitions

Gallery One is the space for people who live or work in the borough of Rochdale to organise and show their own exhibitions. As a result, the exhibitions in Gallery One are very varied, reflecting the range of interests and talent that exist in the Borough.

Local Studies

The Local Studies Centre at Touchstones Rochdale holds the main Local Studies and Archives collection for Rochdale Borough. This includes a wide range of material relating to the Rochdale area including Castleton, Littleborough, Milnrow, Wardle and Norden.

Local Studies material for Heywood and Middleton is held at Heywood and Middleton Libraries.

Resources held by Local Studies include Parish Records, Census returns, Trade Directories, newspapers, photographs and a large collection of over 600 maps and plans. These include Ordnance Survey maps, estate plans and railway maps.

Gallery One

The Arts & Heritage Service has a dedicated community gallery known as Gallery One.
Gallery One is the space for people who live or work in the borough of Rochdale to organise and show their own exhibitions. As a result, the exhibitions in Gallery One are very varied, reflecting the range of interests and talent that exist in the Borough.

Exhibitions have ranged from artwork created by prisoners at HMP Buckley Hall to Arts & Design students at Hopwood Hall College putting on a show as part of their course to celebrating the heritage of the Belfield area of Rochdale. Past Gallery One exhibitions are listed in the exhibition pages.

Discover what exhibition is currently on display in Gallery One.

Exhibitions in Gallery One are selected by an independent community panel who meet twice a year to look through all the applications which have been received since the last meeting.
We welcome applications from individuals, groups and organisations based anywhere in the Borough, which includes Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and Littleborough. If you would like to be considered for an exhibition you can download the application form and guidance notes here or pick one up at Touchstones Rochdale reception.

Notes for submitting a Gallery One Proposal

Plan of Gallery One

Submitting a Proposal

Museum

A 'hands on' museum for all the family. Full of fun activities, fascinating facts and a chance to share some cherished memories! Come and discover the borough of Rochdale's unique past and, perhaps, help shape its future

Visitor Information Centre

Don't stop in Touchstones. Let the Visitor Information Centre provide you with details of other local, regional and national attractions as well as bookings for accommodation and local theatre.

The centre holds a wide stock of UK visitor and holiday guides plus the latest information on where to go and what to see. Helpful staff at the centre will be happy to help you make the most of your visit – or for your visitors – to Rochdale, the borough and the surrounding area.

Find out more about visiting the borough of Rochdale