Gallery of Costume

Manchester, Platt Hall, Wilmslow Road, Rusholme
Manchester M14 5LL

The Gallery of Costume houses one of the finest collections of clothing and fashion accessories in the country. Two floors of themed displays give a fascinating insight into fashion over the centuries. Collections: The collection consists of more than 21,000 items from the 17th century to the present day, including rare examples of the everyday dress of working people.

Gallery Oldham

Greaves Street
Oldham OL1 1AL

Gallery Oldham has been collecting artworks and objects since 1883 and is still collecting today. The current collections include: over 12,000 social and industrial history items, more than 2,000 works of art, about 1,000 items of decorative art, more than 80,000 natural history specimens, over 1,000 geological specimens, about 3,000 archaeological artefacts, 15,000 photographs and a large number of books, pamphlets and documents.

Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum

Maclure Road
Rochdale OL11 1DN

The official Museum of GMC Fire Service is situated at Rochdale Fire Station, in the north- east of the county, and opened in 1983. The many and varied exhibits include several full- size fire appliances, along with equipment, uniforms, models, photographs, medals and insignia, which together portray the history of fire fighting in general, but particularly within Greater Manchester. Parts of the museum are laid out to form period tableaux, including a Victorian street (with fire station, insurance office and fire equipment suppliers) and a World War II Blitz scene.

Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives

57a Newton Street
Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1ET

Explore Manchester's hidden past - a labyrinth of alleyways and slums, interrupted only by the huge mills casting shadows below. An eerie underworld, lit by gas lamps where police officers were kept busy apprehending unsavoury characters of all ages. The Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives enables you to experience what life was really like for these officers in a busy Victorian police station. Collections: The collection dates from c.late 19th century onwards and ranges from vehicles, costume and memorbilia to restored cells, a charge office (1879) and magistrates court (1895 from Denton).