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Events at Touchstones Rochdale

Find out what's on at the Touchstones Rochdale - our Arts & Heritage Centre. Admission is FREE. 


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View collections at Touchstones Rochdale

View collections and search the online collections database at the Arts & Heritage Resource Centre. 


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Family history

Trace your family history through birth, death or marriage certificates or search for war dead at cemeteries.


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Heritage and conservation

Blue Plaques, war memorials, listed buildings and more. 


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Help and resources at your library

Get help tracing your family history or access reference materials and resources at your library.


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View local Census records

Get links to key local Census datasets.


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Search national Census records

Use the census to search for your ancestors for FREE. A census is a complete population count for a given area or place taken on a specific date.


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Electoral registers

Trace your family history. Only the names and addresses of electors are included in the register and are compiled in address order by polling district and ward.


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Historical maps

Find maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions of Rochdale. 


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School records

Get a replacement exam certificate from the GOV.UK website. 


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Medals and honours

See which local armed forces personnel have been recognised.  


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Things about Rochdale

20 things to know about Rochdale.


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Rochdale on Wikipedia

View the history of Rochdale on Wikipedia.