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Heritage Saturday at Touchstones brings the past to life
- 18 September 2014
A successful Heritage Open Days festival at Touchstones Rochdale brought people out in their hundreds to take part in this free open weekend designed to get people exploring and enjoying local heritage throughout the country.
A jam packed 'Heritage Saturday' included specially organised talks and tours as well as a visit from what is probably Britain's smallest motor museum.
Packed full of over 50 years of memories, the Yelloway Motor Coach Museum captures the times when up until the late 1980s this town centre based company took residents on day trips and holidays up and down the country. Tickets, toys, uniforms, posters and photos were just some of the memorabilia on display. Two of the many people taking the chance to relive old memories were Constance and Dave Dale. "We actually met for the first time on a Yelloway bus", said Dave, "and this really takes us back to all those family trips growing up. It's been great to see this here today."
The sculptured friezes on the outside of the Touchstones Grade II listed building date back to the early 1900s and a fully booked session by Leeds University Classics expert, Dr Emma Stafford left the audience eager for more. In an illustrated talk, Dr Stafford took the audience back to the days of Ancient Greece and to other important sculptures on buildings such as St George's Hall in Liverpool, designed by the same renowned British sculptor Charles Allen. Touchstones Education Co-ordinator, Karen Vine said, "It was fascinating to learn the meaning behind the friezes, what each figure stands for and the story they have to tell. It was an inspiring talk and many people have said they would like to find out more. We hope to invite Dr Stafford back for another talk in the new year."
Other activities on the day included a tour of the borough's museum collection going back from almost the present day to include artefacts brought back from Ancient Egypt, a Blue Badge Guided heritage tour of the town centre and a portrait workshop with artist Alan Birch to learn the techniques of etching. In total more than 360 people took part in Touchstones' activities over the three days.
For details of latest exhibitions and events at Touchstones Rochdale visit www.link4life.org/touchstones.