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
From MarchMuseum Celebrating the Heritage Lottery Fund project Borough Beats and co-curated by a number of young people from across the local area, this display focuses on music and popular culture from the Rochdale borough from the 1980’s to the present day ...Read more
Ongoing ExhibitionMuseum As well as our changing exhibition spaces, we have a dedicated permanent museum which tells the story of the history of Rochdale in a fun and informative way. The museum is ideally suited to families and people with an interest in the history of Rochdale. There are interactive displays, hands on exhibits, films, audio and a wide ran ...Read more
2 March – 1 June Gallery Two, Three & Four Intrigued by the fact visitors often ask us why we don’t show more of the over 1500 works in the Borough’s fine art collection, artist Harry Meadley set us the challenge of attempting to display as much of the collection as possible in a single exhibition. Spanning three galleries, But what if we tried? pre ...Read more
19 January - 18 MayGallery OneHaving proved a hit in its inaugural year, we return with the second edition of our annual open art exhibition A Postcard from Rochdale.This time established artists, amateurs and schools were invited to seek inspiration from our rich and diverse permanent collection of over 500 paintings and submit their artworks ...Read more
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
Until 12 January 2019Gallery 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 ...Read more
Until 13 April 2019. 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