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21 December - 10 September 2020


Special Display: L.S. Lowry



“Learning from the past, from people like the Rochdale Pioneers, helps to inform our future. L.S. Lowry pictured the proud industrial heritage of the north. The Co-op are pleased to lend these two pictures to Touchstones, not only to celebrate our 175th year, but also to help inspire us all to reimagine how co-operation can inform and transform communities in the 21st century.” - Ed Powell – Co-operative Partnerships Manager.


‘Footbridge’ and ‘Cleator Moor’, two important works by L.S. Lowry, are both owned by The Co-op. Purchased for their links to the history and principles of the co-operative movement, they have rarely left their Manchester offices. However, to celebrate The Co-op’s 175th anniversary we are delighted to be able to stage a special display of the works alongside ‘Our Town’, a much-loved painting within the Borough’s own fine art collection. During their stay in Rochdale, and in the spirit of community and sharing, the works will also be taken out on ‘day trips’ to a number of local schools and community venues. Please keep an eye on our website for further details about when and where.


With the generous assistance of and support from The Cooperative Group, UK and The Pioneers Museum, Rochdale.


Image: Our Town, L.S Lowry © The Estate of L.S. Lowry. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019

Opening Times

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Art Cafe: 10am-4pm. Please check during holiday periods.

FREE admission to exhibitions and some regular activities. Talks, tours, performances, workshops and special events have a cost.

Contact Information

Main Reception: 01706 924492.   Visitor Information Centre: 01706 924928.   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ

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