Touchstones Rochdale

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.

 The Gallery offers a wide variety of exhibitions in the Heritage Gallery and the Art Gallery’s four gallery spaces including those from the local community, selections from the borough’s impressive art collection and work by contemporary artists. Please click here for news of current exhbitions.

As well as its changing exhibitions spaces, Touchstones offers a permanent museum at Touchstones which aims to tell a potted history of Rochdale.


Caption: Touchstones Rochdale: Photograph by David Dixon


Further information:
  • Opening times: Monday – closed; Tuesday – 9.30 am – 4.30 pm; Wednesday – 10.00 am – 6.00 pm; Thursday – Saturday – 9.30 am – 4.30 pm; Sunday – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
  • Free admission
  • Location:  Rochdale Art Gallery, Touchstones, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ
  • Getting there: the gallery is close to the town centre pay and display car parks (nearest: Rochdale Town Hall). It is approximately 2 minutes from Rochdale Bus Station served by all local bus routes and 10 minutes from Rochdale railway station
  • Contact 01706 924492. Email: