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Touchstones

1 The Esplanade | The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ, England
+44 1706 924928
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Very interesting place, well kept and laid out with helpful staff.

A short walk down the hill from the Best Western hotel to visit the museum was well rewarded with a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Chris C
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Good Place to Visit

I visited Rochdale for the first time, and I was surprised by the variety of things to do. To get... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
blackpoolsteve2015
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Touchstones Rochdale is the Borough's Arts and Heritage Centre including a 'hands on' Museum for all the family, Art Gallery, Local Studies Centre, Education Service and Visitor Information centre, shop and cafe. Gallery One is an exhibition space for local people and communities of Rochdale, giving an opportunity for them to organise and show their own exhibitions. Gallery Two showcases the borough's permanent art collection. Gallery Three and four show an exciting programme of contemporary art exhibitions. The Museum and heritage gallery display a wide variety of exhibits which are unique to the history of the area. Exhibits range from industrial heritage of cotton, engineering, mining and the impact of War, to domestic settings and more familiar objects and famous personalities over time, such as Gracie Fields, John Bright and Sam Bamford. Our local studies team are on hand to assist with your family tree research or projects and the Education team are kept busy with hundreds of school groups each year, not to mention the school holiday activities and providing schools with loan boxes. Touchstones also offers many workshops for all ages, artist talks and Friends events. The Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery help to raise money for the gallery collection, providing conservation and new acquisitions.
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1 The Esplanade | The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A short walk down the hill from the Best Western hotel to visit the museum was well rewarded with a fascinating hour and a half insight into Rochdale's interesting history. Well worth it and a good base for our tram ride to Manchester's national football...More

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Touchstones, Manager at Touchstones, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Wonderful! Thank you for your kind words. We hope that you are able to visit us again in the near future, maybe the next away game!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited Rochdale for the first time, and I was surprised by the variety of things to do. To get to Touchstones, its best to hop on a tram opposite the railway station,which drops you at the bus station. Turn right out of the bus...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Travelling around, most reasonably sized towns have a Museum explaining the social history of the area and Touchstones is up there with the best. I enjoyed strolling the galleries, learning about local industries and local celebrities, especially Gracie Fields. On the upper floor art gallery...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

This was our first visit to Touchstones Museum and Art Gallery and was a very enjoyable visit. The Staff were very helpful and there was a lovely cafe and shop. The displays were very informative and brought the history of the area to life with...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Rainy day in Rochdale and after reading about the museum decided to give it a try. Spent happy 2 hours mooching around the various displays and reading all the information. Learnt alot about the town and local area. I only moved into the area last...More

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Touchstones, Manager at Touchstones, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Thank you for your kind words, we are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your visitor experience. We do of course have regular changing exhibitions and hope to welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed 2 February 2018

Called into the Art Café last week, and the staff brought copies of the exhibition catalogue for Touchstones to our table. So we braved a rainy Rochdale Saturday to visit. There is an excellent local history room, telling the stories of well known local people,...More

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Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

Our school children aged 9-10 years excitedly learnt so much! I, too, marvelled at the archives, gallery and museum! Plan to return to soak in this fab, modern museum. And it’s free! In the midst of supervising our children, I’m sure there was a Lowry...More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Only found out this place existed last year. Had a lovely wander round the exhibition. So much to take in and not what I had expected either

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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Been here few times and lovely cafe in Touchstones. Food and service is excellent. They offer alternatives if have allergies, for example soya milk. My other half is vegan and they do an amazing vegan breakfast! So nice to have a place like this locally...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Local museum which again probably of more interest to locals. Enjoyed the films of Gracie Fields Rochadale's most famous person. In terms of the art gallery it was nice seeing a Lowry original.

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