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.
Access: Touchstones Rochdale is fully accessible for people using wheelchairs. There are three designated parking bays for blue badge holders outside the venue.
Here you will find the current and forthcoming programme. Follow this link to Events at Touchstones.
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Art Cafe 10am-4pm
Until March at Middleton Arena. Discover more about Rochdale’s proud sporting history in this new display of unique memorabilia and local stories. Step back in time to learn more about Rochdale’s very own baseball team, the Rochdale Greys; the growth of the Hornets rugby team and the boroughs excellence in professional swimming. The display will also celebrate ...Read more
29 September. Gallery One. Maeve Rendle’s art covers a wide range of media, including performance, photography, video, installation and text. For this new ‘live’ performance (What cannot be turned aside) Rendle has taken inspiration from physicist David Bohm’s influential book, On Dialogue, in which he investigates the nature of thinking, and how thoughts, feelin ...Read more
Opens 20 October. Gallery One, Two and Four. British artist Rachel Kneebone is widely acclaimed for her complex porcelain sculptures that express physical metamorphosis and movement. For her first solo exhibition in the North of England, she will premiere a new series of sculptures and drawings that deepen her investigations into the experience of inhabiting the body ...Read more
This year’s popular open art exhibition celebrates the artistic talent of Rochdale, specifically asking the public to create a postcard inspired by the Rochdale Borough’s art collection. Established artists and amateurs alike are invited to exhibit their artworks responding to our very own public art collection. Celebrating the concept of ‘Mail Art’ that became popul ...Read more
Opens 16 June 2018. Heritage Gallery. Learn more about the development of health and well being in Victorian Rochdale through to the advent of the NHS in the 1940’s. This exhibition will look at how medicine and healthcare went from being a luxury for those who could afford it to a service available for everybody. Featuring a range of objects that have never previo ...Read more
From October at Heywood Sports Village. Before the advent of TV, and later digital streaming, cinema was perhaps the most popular form of entertainment for people from all backgrounds, with at least one in every town in Britain during their heyday of the 1930’s and 40’s. This display will celebrate the popularity and development of the picture houses in the Rochdal ...Read more