The Rochdale Pioneers Museum, has been named a ‘hidden gem’ in the VisitEngland accolades just over two years after reopening following a major Heritage Lottery-funded refurbishment. The accolades, introduced by VisitEngland for the first time in October 2014, recognise outstanding attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for visitors. The accolades are available to attractions that are part of the Visitor Attractions Quality Scheme and are allocated through a scoring system based on an annual assessment by VisitEngland.
The Museum on Toad Lane in Rochdale is housed in the original building where the Rochdale Pioneers opened shop for the first time on 21 December 1844. Museum Manager Jenny Mabbott said: “We are really happy that the Rochdale Pioneers Museum has been recognised as a ‘hidden gem’ by VisitEngland. It is a great opportunity for us to reach out to visitors who don’t already know about the museum. We are delighted that all our hard work since our 2012 refurbishment has been recognised. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers whose hard work has made this possible.”