Tom Besford, Arts and Heritage Manager
Touchstones, Rochdale Museum and Art Gallery
Tom started his career in music venues and festivals with previous posts at Sage Gateshead, Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester International Festival. In late 2015, Tom took up the newly created post of Arts & Heritage Manager at the Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust (trading as Link4Life) where he leads the Arts & Heritage service, based in Touchstones Rochdale. The service currently encompasses an accredited museum & art gallery, outreach & education team, local studies & archives, café, shop and visitor information centre. Tom is currently the Chair of the Greater Manchester Museums Group, and is looking forward to welcoming Dippy the Diplodocus to Rochdale when it leaves the Natural History Museum in 2019/20.