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Nature and History Exhibition inspired by Dippy on Tour

27 August 2020 - 12 December 2020

Thursday 27 August 2020 - Saturday 12 December 2020
Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am - 4.40pm

Touchstones Rochdale
The Esplanade
Rochdale Town Centre
OL16 1AQ


The borough’s award-winning Arts and Heritage Centre, Touchstones Rochdale, has now reopened after months of Covid-enforced closure.

Running every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 12 December 2020, the Nature and History Exhibition inspired by Dippy on Tour is available to view as a narrated guided tour or a self-guided tour.

This tour is ideal for families or those with small children (but big kids are very welcome!) and must be pre-booked before entering the museum.

Three scientists travel back in time to search for a solution. They need to gather information about the past. First they visit our Touchstones exhibition to learn about the dinosaurs, then they travel 240 million years back in time to visit Rochdale in the carboniferous era. Then, after learning all about the environment from the wise Rochdalians  the scientists can go back to the future - knowing that the worlds missing knowledge has been found!

Run by Link4Life, Touchstones has been awarded the Visit England 'We're Good To Go' mark, showing government and industry Covid-19 guidelines are being followed and that processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and social distancing.

It's still free to visit Touchstones but you need to book a time slot in advance of your visit using the link provided below.

Please note that the Nature & History Exhibition does not include the Diplodocus dinosaur cast from the Natural History Museum. Touchstones are currently working with the Natural History Museum and Rochdale Borough Council for a date to safely re-open Dippy on Tour at Number One Riverside and will update as soon as we have confirmed details.

Entry fee: Free - Pre-booked visits only

01706 924492

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