School trip to Touchstones Rochdale
An award winning Arts and Heritage Centre with an Art Gallery, Museum, Visitor Information Centre, Local Studies Centre and Cafe. Just 2 minutes walk from the town centre shopping and is convenient for car parks and public transport. Nearby attractions include Rochdale Town Hall and the Pioneer Museum.
Full of fun activities for the kids, fascinating facts for adults and, for the not so young a chance to share some cherished memories!! Come and discover Rochdale’s past and, perhaps, help shape its future.
Touchstones Rochdale Welcomes Education & Group Trips
The Art Gallery and Museum spaces are regularly changed to display as much of Rochdale’s vast collection of art and museum artefacts as possible. We also strive to bring in the highest quality art from all over the world to be exhibited in one of our four gallery spaces, as well as having a dedicated space for local artists to display their work.
The Grade 2 listed building built in Yorkshire stone which was developed in three phases. The first phase, the section nearest to the Town Hall was opened to the public in 1884 as a Public Library. The second phase opened in 1903 after a long campaign by local dignitaries to establish a museum and art gallery. The third phase was completed in 1913 to provide additional space for the museum and gallery. Following a refurbishment in 2002, Touchstones was reopened and as well as being open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, houses Link4Life’s Arts & Heritage Service.