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    Relaxed Saturdays - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along on the third Saturday of each month from 9am to 10am and the first Sunday of each month from 2.30pm to 3.30pm join us for our relaxed openings. Our relaxed openings are designed for visitors who would prefer a quieter visit to our buildings, for people with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders, along with their families. Touch, feel and smell some of our fascinating objects! During the event, we will put our lights on full and turn off all the sound effects so it’s a less overwhelming environment. You’ll still be able to visit all the galleries, but there will be no dark areas and no sudden sounds. There is seating provided around the museum, and a quiet space will be available should you need it. • 9am to 10am - Quiet Opening and Handling Sessions •10am - Relaxed Cinema Film Screening

    Sat 20 October to Sat 16 February, Third Saturday of each month, 9am to 10am and 10am - Relaxed Cinema Film Screening. First Sunday of each month from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    The Art of Noticing - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for acts of slow looking in the art gallery. In these short, focused sessions we will explore one artwork, taking time to gain a deeper understanding of the piece. Free and no need to book, just turn up. The first session will take place on Tuesday 6 November and then they will continue on the last Tuesday of every month, 1pm to 1.30pm.

    Tue 06 November to Tue 26 February, 1pm to 1.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bollywood Film Screenings - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for our new Bollywood film screenings on: 29 November 27 December 31 January 28 February 28 March Free event, suitable for age 16+ and no need to book.

    Thu 29 November to Thu 28 March, Last Thursday of each month, 6.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

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  • Family events

    Relaxed Saturdays - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along on the third Saturday of each month from 9am to 10am and the first Sunday of each month from 2.30pm to 3.30pm join us for our relaxed openings. Our relaxed openings are designed for visitors who would prefer a quieter visit to our buildings, for people with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders, along with their families. Touch, feel and smell some of our fascinating objects! During the event, we will put our lights on full and turn off all the sound effects so it’s a less overwhelming environment. You’ll still be able to visit all the galleries, but there will be no dark areas and no sudden sounds. There is seating provided around the museum, and a quiet space will be available should you need it. • 9am to 10am - Quiet Opening and Handling Sessions •10am - Relaxed Cinema Film Screening

    Sat 20 October to Sat 16 February, Third Saturday of each month, 9am to 10am and 10am - Relaxed Cinema Film Screening. First Sunday of each month from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    The Art of Noticing - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for acts of slow looking in the art gallery. In these short, focused sessions we will explore one artwork, taking time to gain a deeper understanding of the piece. Free and no need to book, just turn up. The first session will take place on Tuesday 6 November and then they will continue on the last Tuesday of every month, 1pm to 1.30pm.

    Tue 06 November to Tue 26 February, 1pm to 1.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bollywood Film Screenings - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for our new Bollywood film screenings on: 29 November 27 December 31 January 28 February 28 March Free event, suitable for age 16+ and no need to book.

    Thu 29 November to Thu 28 March, Last Thursday of each month, 6.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    An exhibition by Roland Arthur at The Gallery - Harwood Library

    For the month of January the Gallery will feature coloured pencil portraits of people and animals by local artist Roland Arthur. The gallery will be open during Harwood Library’s opening hours. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Thu 03 January to Thu 31 January, The exhibition is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Blue Monday - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Blue Monday is a name given to the day in January claimed to be the most depressing day of the year (usually third Monday in January). So we’re hoping to lift people’s mood with a session on learning how to meditate to improve your wellbeing. This free session will take from 11am to 12pm in the Art Gallery. From 4.30pm to 5.30pm come along with your family and boost your mood by listening to inspirational stories in the Museum.

    Mon 21 January, Meditation session - 11am to 12pm and Storytelling - 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Lunchtime talk with crime writers Fiona Barton and Lesley Kara - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Meet author of crime novels ‘The Widow’ and ‘The Child’, Fiona Barton, who will be returning to Bolton Central Library to talk about her new novel, ‘The Suspect’. Fiona will be joined by Lesley Kara who will be giving an insight into her debut novel, ‘The Rumour’. There will be an opportunity to buy signed copies of both books. Light refreshments will be available.

    Tue 22 January, 1pm

    Admission: Please book your free ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lunchtime-talk-with-crime-writers-fiona-barton-and-lesley-kara-tickets-52368280938 or call 01204 332853.

  • Exhibitions

    University of Bolton School of the Arts: Making Textiles: History, Identity, Innovation - Bolton Museum

    This exhibition showcases the work of staff and students from the BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course at the University of Bolton. The students and their tutors have used the museum’s historic textiles collection as the starting point for the creation of new work. The museum’s collections are a rich resource for understanding the town’s identity and experience of living in Bolton. For decades, Bolton’s identity was closely bound up with its position as one of the country’s leading textile producing towns. A huge number of local people were involved in some way in the spinning, weaving, bleaching and dyeing of cotton. The University of Bolton’s Textiles and Surface Design students follow in a long line of textile “workers” - machine operatives, pattern designers, production assistants and development managers. Though grounded in the history of their discipline, all are pushing the design and production of textiles in new and often surprising directions. Look out for details of linked workshops and events taking place in the gallery while the exhibition is on.

    Thu 24 January to Sat 23 February, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9am to 5pm, Wednesday: 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    University of Bolton School of the Arts - Making Textiles - History, Identity, Innovation - Bolton Museum

    This exhibition showcases the work of staff and students from the BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course at the University of Bolton. The students and their tutors have used the museum’s historic textiles collection as the starting point for the creation of new work. The museum’s collections are a rich resource for understanding the town’s identity and experience of living in Bolton. For decades, Bolton’s identity was closely bound up with its position as one of the country’s leading textile producing towns. A huge number of local people were involved in some way in the spinning, weaving, bleaching and dyeing of cotton. The University of Bolton’s Textiles and Surface Design students follow in a long line of textile “workers” - machine operatives, pattern designers, production assistants and development managers. Though grounded in the history of their discipline, all are pushing the design and production of textiles in new and often surprising directions. Look out for details of linked workshops and events taking place in the gallery while the exhibition is on.

    Thu 24 January to Sat 23 February, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday - 9am to 5pm, Wednesday - 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday - 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Meet historical author Diane Setterfield - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Bestselling author of the ‘Thirteenth Tale’, Diane Setterfield, will be talking about her new historical novel ‘Once Upon a River’. There will be an opportunity to buy a signed copy of Diane’s book. Light refreshments will be available.

    Tue 29 January, 1pm

    Admission: Please book your free ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bolton-central-library-presents-historical-author-diane-setterfield-tickets-53539494068 or call 01204 332853.

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings with English Language subtitles - Journey's End - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch war film ‘Journey’s End’ with English Language subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 30 January, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Walt Whitman talk - Blackrod Library

    Join us at Blackrod Library as we begin to celebrate the 200th birthday of the great American poet Walt Whitman. Whitman’s links with Bolton stretch back to the late 1800s and the founding of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship. This is a free event and no need to book.

    Thu 07 February, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Harriet Tyce and Alex Michaelides in conversation with Margaret Murphy - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Bolton Library presents Harriet Tyce and Alex Michaelides in conversation with Margaret Murphy Join us for an exciting afternoon of crime as we welcome Harriet Tyce and Alex Michaelides who will be in conversation with Margaret Murphy. Harriet and Alex will be discussing their new books ‘Blood Orange’ and ‘The Silent Patient’. Author Margaret along with Helen Pepper are the crime writing duo 'Ashley Dyer' and their latest book is 'Splinter In The Blood'.

    Wed 27 February, 1pm

    Admission: There will be an opportunity to buy signed copies of both books. Please book your free ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bolton-library-presents-harriet-tyce-and-alex-michaelides-in-conversation-with-margaret-murphy-tickets-52368460475 or call 01204 332853.