Bolton Library and Museum Services


Centenary of the First World War

2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of the First World War. Bolton Library and Museum Services are putting together exhibitions, events and projects over the next 4 years to mark this important commemoration.  


First World War Centenary

Start Up Engines - Setting Up a Food and Drink Business

Bolton Libraries and Business Bolton are running a free Start Up networking event on Thursday 6th November from 6pm till 7.30pm. The event is the third in a series of events to showcase ideas for business start-up and provide helpful advice on how to get started.

Restaurant owner Carla Tomlinson will tell us how she grew her business from pop up ice cream stall to successful restaurant. Carla now runs her restaurant, Penelope’s Kitchen which is located in the heart of Salford’s Media City.

Every business has a unique journey, and this networking event will give you the opportunity to hear about the highs and lows of start-ups, ask questions, and get inspired.

A buffet will be provided and places are limited, so if you’re interested book your free place early to avoid disappointment.

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

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Ask Bolton Libraries

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

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

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The Aquarium

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

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Historic Halls

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

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