Local Studies Resources
- Category: General
The Local Studies Centre at Touchstones Rochdale holds the main Local Studies and Archives collections for Rochdale Borough. This includes a wide range of material relating to the Rochdale area, and includes Castleton, Littleborough, Milnrow, Norden and Wardle.
Local Studies material for the Heywood and Middleton areas is held at Heywood and Middleton Libraries.
Resources available include the following:
Books, Photographs, Posters, Postcards, Audio- Visual, Special Collections and much more...
Archives are original documents relating to many aspects of local life, including: business and industrial records, family and estate papers, trade union and political records, Methodist Archive Deposit. (Please note that access is usually by prior arrangement as most of the archives are stored elsewhere).
A large collection of over 600 maps and plans include O.S maps, estate plans and railway maps.
Each Local Studies Library holds microfilmed copies of local newspapers for their area. These include The Rochdale Observer 1856 onwards, Heywood Advertiser 1855 onwards and Middleton Guardian 1877 onwards as well as various other local newspapers.
Local Studies Centre - Touchstones Rochdale
The Esplanade Rochdale OL16 1AQ Telephone: 01706 924915 Fax: 01706 924944
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Church Street Heywood OL10 1LL Telephone: 0845 121 2976
Saturday 9.30am-1pm & 2p-4pm
Long Street Middleton M24 6DU Telephone: 0845 121 2976
Saturday 9.00am-1pm & 2p-4pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays