Creative Learning offer at Touchstones, Rochdale
The Borough's collections and exhibitions have inspired the educational workshops and resources on offer from the Link4Life Arts & Heritage Service. Developed in partnership with our team of expert facilitators, staff and partner organisations including local schools, discover for yourself the exciting range of cultural learning opportunities available to support the delivery of the curriculum.
We continue to drive up standards to offer you an enjoyable and rewarding value-for-money education service to complement your teaching. Together we will help you provide your pupils with a fun cultural education that will reqward them with the knowledge and skills from which they will draw tremendous inspiration and benefit in their classroom studies and for the rest of their life too.
Working with us
Together we will help you provide your pupils with a fun cultural education that will reward them with the knowledge and skills from which they will draw tremendous inspiration and benefit in their classroom studies and for the rest of their life too.
We currently work with over 90% of Primary Schools and almost 50% of Secondary Schools from the Borough.
The Education Team, based at Touchstones Rochdale strive to create opportunities for all ages and all backgrounds to engage and learn about arts and heritage.
Touchstones has its own Education Studio and dedicated team of facilitators to deliver off the shelf and bespoke sessions to school groups, clubs, societies or any other interested party.
When working with us, you can be sure of a safe, friendly and efficient experience.
- The programme is managed by a professional and experienced team of specialists in their field. All of our coaches, facilitators and instructors are appropriately qualified and trained. Everyone working with children and young people has enhanced DBS clearance and staff recruitment is based on safeguarding best practice.
- All Link4Life activities have third party insurance and adhere to clear health and safety regulations. Our Adventure Activities programme is regulated by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS) which includes regular annual inspections.
- Link4Life provides a wide range of services that are supplied on a 'choose to buy' basis. These include outdoor activities, educational visits to Touchstones Rochdale, visits to shows, one-off school-based competitions or hire of facilities.
For each of these services you will receive a written quotation for every booking that you make and you will be asked to accept this quotation before work commences. Terms of payment will be provided at the time of making the booking. Invoices will be sent to you via email and payment can be made via BACS transfer.
Where services are provided on an on-going basis, for example swimming services or sports coaching, then a service level agreement will also be agreed with you. You will be given a named person within Link4Life who will remain your primary contact should you have any questions or issues of concern.
Bespoke Local History Workshops/Museum Tours
Come and spend the morning or afternoon with our Museum and Local Studies teams. Discover local history by exploring maps, photographs, newspapers and even a prison record book! Can you find your family in the census books?
Explore the museum and get your hands on objects from the past.
Suitable for KS1-KS4. Ring or email our Education Team for more information.
Come along and explore our museum to find out how people lived, worked and enjoyed life in the past. Visit our WW2 Anderson Shelter, Gracie Fields cinema and coal mine! We have lots of free interactive activities to help with your visit. To book please speak to our Education Team.
Bring the museum into your classroom! Our boxes contain high quality replica items and teacher pack with all the information you will need. Each box is £10 to hire for a 2 week period £20 for schools outside the borough). Topics covered include Greeks, Egyptians, Asian toys & games, Holidays, Homes, Light & Lighting, Millscapes, Romans, Toys & Games, Tudors, Victorian Co-op, Victorians, Vikings, WW1 & WW2.
Let us bring the fun to your school! In these brand new sessions we combine history and PE to provide a full day of interactive learning. Discover ancient artefacts in the morning and become part of daily live from the past in the afternoon.
These full day sessions can be booked for you topics on Greeks, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Prehistoric Britain or Egyptians.
The cost per day is £180. For a more detailed plan please get in touch.