Welcome to our festival of hope

Hi, Welcome to the Festival of Hope! On this page you’ll find stories of hope, online theatre and interviews with leaders in the museum sector. We’ve had to change the plan of our festival. So over the course of lockdown we have shaped and designed our smaller project to suit its new online home. Hope you enjoy!

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Bolton Library and Museum Services

For a fun family day out and inspiration for all, Bolton’s Libraries and Museums are the place to go. Visit our museum galleries; including the spectacular, new Bolton’s Egypt, with its amazing, full-scale recreation of the tomb of Thutmose III. There is also the family friendly Bolton’s Nature, Bolton’s Art and Bolton’s History to see plus much more.

Open since 1941, the Bolton’s Aquarium is the only one of its kind in Greater Manchester; it has a stunning display of freshwater fish from all over the world. Our Historic Halls Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum is a Grade 1, 16th century half-timbered hall and is one of the North-west’s most famous buildings. Smithills Hall dates right back to the 14th century and reveals amazing secrets about its history.

Bolton’s 10 free libraries provide services for residents, visitors, students and workers in the town. Each library has computers with free internet access and a wide range of online services.

There is something for everybody across Bolton Libraries and Museums but if you can’t visit us at this time there is still plenty to see online including gallery tours, collection stories, activities and highlights from our aquarium.


Interview with Sacha Coward

Young Producer: Jayden
Featuring: Sacha Coward

Live at 6pm 31st July

Join us for an exclusive interview between museum practitioner Sacha Coward and Young Bolton Producer Jayden. They’ll talk hope for the future in museum and heritage, escape rooms and top tips for getting your voice heard as a young person.


A Stitch in Time

Young Producers: Megan and Hannah
Featuring: Time Will Tell Theatre

Live on 1st August from 12pm – 1.15pm

Bolton, 1870, a bustling mill town on the up and up. Join two Boltonians as they talk about work, home and leisure and what Bolton means to them!


Share Hope

Young Producers: Aleena, Cecilia, Hannah, Jayden, Lexi, Megan, Miranda, Monty, Sunjoo
Featuring: Tina Dempsey

Live from 2nd August 3pm

Curated in collaboration with visual artist Tina Dempsey, we collected stories of hope from people across Greater Manchester to put together our ‘Share Hope’ gallery – messages of hope from people ages 14 to 74!

These stories tell messages of love, loss, and overcoming struggles in our life. We’ve learnt that we have so much in common when it comes to our idea of hope – check out these stories below.

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Please see the map for locations of Museum hubs and other Festival of Hope events happening in the area.

Bolton Library and Museum Services

Bolton Central Library,
Le Mans Crescent,
Bolton, BL1 1SE

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