Bolton Library and Museum Services


Desire, love. identity - exploring LGBTQ histories in Bolton

Friday 15 March to Sunday 26 May 

Same-sex love, desire and gender diversity are an integral part of human experience. The way they have been expressed culturally has varied widely globally and over time.

Based upon Professor Richard Parkinson’s award-winning book, ‘A Little Gay History,’ this exhibition offers glimpses into the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning) experience through the British Museum’s collection.

Exhibition events

May school holiday events

Events at all our venues over the school break. All the listed events are free, drop in sessions suitable for children aged 4 to 11

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May Bank Holiday opening

Monday 6 and 27 May

  • Bolton Central Library, Museum and Aquarium will be open from 10am to 4pm
  • Smithills Hall will be open from 12pm to 4pm
  • All the Community Libraries will be closed on Bank Holiday Mondays

Schools Out

We are pleased to announce that we will be a hub for Schools Out next March.

We will also be a hub for Outing the Past for LGBT History month in February 2019.


Bolton's library service. Find information about branch opening times and all our other services.

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Come and enjoy amazing history, art, culture and activities in our accessible and family friendly galleries.

Museum section


Browse archives indexes and plan your visit to the History Centre based at Bolton Museum.

Archives section

The Aquarium

Greater Manchester's only public aquarium, based in the Central Library and Museum building.

Aquarium section

Ask Bolton Libraries

A boroughwide Enquiry Service providing quick, thorough responses to questions sent by phone, fax, letter or email.

Ask Bolton Libraries section

Historic Halls

History and visitor information about our historic halls: Hall i' th' Wood Museum and Smithills Hall.

Historic Halls section