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Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service holds a richly varied collection of thousands of works of art and museum artefacts of regional and national significance.

The collection belongs to Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, but since 2007 has been cared for by Link4Life's Arts & Heritage Service on behalf of the council.

The collection is primarily displayed at Touchstones Rochdale, formerly known as Rochdale Art Gallery. The collection is Arts Council England Accredited, (Accreditation number for Touchstones Rochdale is 1534). There are satellite cases showing some of the collection at Middleton Arena and the Heywood Sports Village. When not on display, the objects are stored and cared for at the Arts & Heritage Resource Centre.

We aim to raise the profile of the Borough through delivering and supporting an exciting cultural programme, including exhibitions, events and activities and through Visitor Information. To find out more please visit our Events page

There are many other museums and art galleries across the Borough of Rochdale including:

Opening Times

Monday - Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm
Art Cafe: CLOSED

FREE Admission - Pre booked visits only - BOOK HERE

Touchstones Rochdale has a wide variety of volunteering opportunities and are always looking for people to come and help out.

Opportunities include working in our gallery spaces to welcome visitors in the spaces; helping our education team prepare handling boxes, supporting our programme team to run events and many more opportunities. For those looking to volunteer with a background and qualification working in the Heritage Sector, we do have a placement scheme available in the Arts & Heritage Resource Centre. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Contact Details

Touchstones Rochdale

The Esplanade
OL16 1AQ
  • Telephone: 01706 924 492
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  • Facebook: /TouchstonesRochdale
  • Twitter: @Touchstones
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