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Making Landscape 1778 - 2016



The museum’s art collection is represented in a new exhibition, on the lower ground floor.

Entitled Making Landscape, the exhibition features a selection from 1778 – 2016, including stunning 18th century watercolours to contemporary photographs.     

The museum, which is situated on the top floor of the building, is now closed to the public for the duration of the Eternal...

Animals and Us exhibition

A new interactive, family exhibition is now open at Bolton Museum – with a tiny mouse as star of the show.

Leopold, the inquisitive mouse, has been designed by Chorlton illustrator Anna Violet and is the mascot for Animals and Us.

He will guide visitors through the exhibition, showing them how all animals – from insects to elephants – are an important part of our everyday lives.

The Animals and Us exhibition is in the new exhibition space on the...

The Health of Bolton... a history of health care through the archives

Sat 09 Sep 2017 at 11:00

Celebrate Heritage Open Days and join us for a FREE tour of the Bolton               Archives strongroom. The strongroom is not usually accessible to the public but we invite you to meet the archivist to take a...

Heritage Open Day at Blackrod Library

Sat 09 Sep 2017 at 09:00


Join Blackrod Library as they celebrate Heritage Open Day with the community on Saturday 9 September from 9am to 4pm.


Members of Blackrod Local History group will be available all day to answer local

history questions.

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Behind the scenes... in the archives

Sun 10 Sep 2017 at 11:00


Join the archivist to discover more gems from Bolton’s archive collections. From the oldest to the biggest we will have a range of historical document on display to give you an idea of the type of...

Heritage Open Day at Smithills Hall

Sun 10 Sep 2017 at 12:00


Visit Smithills Hall Museum for Heritage Open Day on Sunday 10 September. Admission to the hall is free and open 12pm to 4pm.


The Friends of Smithills Hall will be stewarding. You can also stand in the same room where Bolton Protestant Preacher,...

Worktown Tour

Fri 22 Sep 2017 at 12:00


Discover all about the extraordinary story of Mass Observation and their pioneering study of Bolton, which they called ‘Worktown’, in the late 1930s. Beginning our walk in the Bolton History Centre you will have a chance to view Humphrey...

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