Council confirms changes to Tameside galleries – with extended opening hours at Astley Cheetham

Date Released - 30/01/2019

TAMESIDE MBC has confirmed that the Central Art Gallery will close at 1pm on Saturday 2 February 2019 – but the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery will have its opening hours extended from 4 February 2019.

Currently the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, which is situated above the library on Trinity Street, Stalybridge, is only open every other Saturday. But from 4 February its doors will be open to the public for part of four days every week – Monday and Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and 10am-3pm on Saturdays.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, said, “Culture can make a big difference to people’s lives, so we’re really pleased to be able to offer extended opening hours at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery. It’s Tameside’s oldest gallery, a real asset right on our doorstep, and from now on people will have more opportunities to take advantage of it.

“The gallery’s very family friendly and it always has a craft activity on offer. As well as children’s books about artists there’s an I-spy trail of things to spot in the paintings on display.

“The Astley Cheetham gallery has a fascinating history and it’s well worth a visit. You can find out more at”

Meanwhile the Council is exploring improvements to the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in future. And to further enhance Tameside’s cultural offer, the Council is also hoping to re-develop the Museum  of the Manchester Regiment, with some additional exhibition space, on the ground floor of Ashton Town Hall.

The new extended opening hours for Astley Cheetham Library, Trinity Street, Stalybridge SK15 2BN are:

Mondays 9am-1pm

Tuesdays 9am-1pm

Wednesdays 1pm-5pm

Saturdays 10am-3pm




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