Touchstones Rochdale offers a wide variety of exhibitions in the Heritage Gallery and the Art Gallery's four gallery spaces including those from the local community, selections from the borough's impressive art collection and work by contemporary artists.
As well as our changing exhibitions spaces, we have a permanent museum at Touchstones which aims to tell a potted history of Rochdale.
The Museum is ideally suited to visitors with an interest in the history of Rochdale or families. There are interactive exhibits, films, audios and objects from the
borough’s Collection on display.
Here you will find the current and forthcoming programme. Follow this link to Events at Touchstones.
Follow this link to see an archive of our Exhibitions starting in 2016.
5 November 2016 - 22 April 2017. Heritage Gallery. Take a look at a century of style from the amazing structured garments worn during the Victorian period to the swirling designs of the swinging 60s. Dazzling 1920s beaded dresses shown alongside the much loved Singer sewing machines take centre stage in this exhibition, revealing how fashion, shape and style have chang ...Read more
Outreach Exhibition. Venue: Middleton Arena until June 2017. This community led exhibition invited people who attend Alzheimer’s Society Memory cafés to take part in arts activities and behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum Collection to trigger memories from the past including stories of glamourous followers of fashion, working life in the local textile mills ...Read more
Outreach Exhibition. Venue: Heywood Sports Village until October 2017. The second part of a community led project and exhibition which invites people who attend Alzheimer’s Society Memory Cafes to take part in art activities. Exploring historic objects to trigger memories, the group have shared stories and sparked inspiration for the new exhibition. The personal e ...Read more
11 March - 8 July 2017. Gallery One. Enter the ‘razzy’ world of Dogsy Ma Bone, a spectacular production by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd made with and for children. In 2016, the Turner Prize-nominated artist worked with 78 young people from Liverpool to create a new film and performance, using the city as a backdrop to the action. Originally commissioned for Liverpool Bi ...Read more
1 April - Winter 2017. Gallery Two. Rochdale rose to prominence during the 19th century as a major mill town and centre for textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution. It was a ‘boomtown’ of the period, and amongst the first ever industrialised towns. Toil, Trade & Titans explores how the social, economic and cultural impact of industry is manifest i ...Read more
15 April - 8 July 2017. Gallery Three & Four. Clare Kenny works with a variety of materials such as found objects, building materials, neon and photography. Through subtle gestures and assemblages, and drawing on her own history, memories and experience, Kenny frequently adapts a personal story, proposing a new narrative and exploring the shifting line between fa ...Read more
27 May 2017 - 21 April 2018. Heritage Gallery. Be transported down the Nile into ancient Egypt and discover this fascinating world through centuries-old exhibits from the land of the pharaohs. Preserved and buried for thousands of years, the stunning objects in this exhibition range from a wonderful set of canopic jars to small pieces of intricate jewellery. Featuri ...Read more
29 July - September 2017. Gallery One, Three & Four. Much of Susan Collis’ work deals with objects, surfaces and the residue of actions that have been covered up, hidden from view, discarded or forgotten. Her individual pieces act as memorials to the labour, hopes and aspirations that cause certain things to exist for a short while in the world, only to be de ...Read more
Outreach Exhibition. Venue: Middleton Arena. From June 2017 until January 2018. A chance to see a selection of the Museum’s Collection of female dress and accessories. This exhibition features a beautiful 1950s outfit and a 1960s Jaeger woollen suit alongside an Ossie Clarke dress from the early 1970s. As well as clothing, a striking selection of accessories such ...Read more