Local Studies

Local Studies

The Local Studies Centre at Touchstones Rochdale holds the main local studies and archives collections for the Rochdale Borough.

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Local Studies Resources

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

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).

Maps

A large collection of over 600 maps and plans include O.S maps, estate plans and railway maps.

Newspapers

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. 

Online Resources

Local Studies Library Catalogue

Local Studies Newspaper Index

Local History Books Online 

Online Collections Database

Rochdale Heritage Trail

Contacts

Local Studies Centre - Touchstones Rochdale

The Esplanade Rochdale OL16 1AQ Telephone: 01706 924915 Fax: 01706 924944
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Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm

Heywood Library

Church Street Heywood OL10 1LL Telephone: 0845 121 2976
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Opening Hours

Monday 10am-7.30pm
Tuesday 9.30am-5.30pm
Wednesday 9.30am-12.30pm
Thursday 9.30am-5.30pm
Friday 9.30am-5.30pm
Saturday 9.30am-1pm & 2p-4pm

Middleton Library

Long Street Middleton M24 6DU Telephone: 0845 121 2976
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Opening Hours

Monday 9.00am-7.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am-5.30pm
Wednesday 9.00am-12.30pm
Thursday 9.30am-5.30pm
Friday 9.00am-5.30pm
Saturday 9.00am-1pm & 2p-4pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays