TOUCH OF CLASS: Almost 40 years of female fashions by such designers as Vivienne Westwood are on display at the Gallery of Costume

Cadishead Library

Liverpool Road, Cadishead, Salford (tel: 0161 775 2934) Kill or Cure - Medicine Through The Ages

This exhibition features on all manner of medical paraphernalia including artefacts and information on all kinds of medicine, surgery, old wives remedies and electric shock treatment. Runs until Sunday, December 1, open daily, adm free.

Drumcroon Education Art Centre

2 Parsons Walk, Wigan (tel: 01942 321840)

Something Borrowed. A series of mini exhibitions with a selection of over 2000 items borrowed from schools demonstrating the way in which original works address QCA schemes and enrich and encourage children's making. Runs until Friday, open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, adm free

Gallery of Costume

Platt Hall, Rusholme, Manchester (0161 234 1456)

The Needle's Excellency: 17th Century Dress and Embroider

An exhibition concentrating on needlework and embroidery skills and featuring some of the Gallery's earliest and rarest items including a jewel bright women's cap and matching forehead cloth dating back to 1600.

Runs until 2003

The Art of Elegance: Women's Dress 1740-1860

An exhibition illustrating the extravagance and sophistication of 18th century fashion with large scale silk damasks, delicate women muslins and sumptuous coloured wedding dresses.

Runs until 2003

Cover Up

A lively and interactive display featuring galoshes, sou'westers, firefighters' helmets and boxing gloves.

Runs until 2003

A Suit of Her Own: A History of the Working Women's Wardrobe

A look at the development of the women's tailored suit from the end of the 19th century when women began to strive for equality with men in the work place and covering the period 1895 to 1918,

Runs until 2003

Quant to Westwood: Fashion Since the Sixties

A display featuring designer outfits from 1960 to 1998 with pieces by Vivienne Westwood, Mary Quant, Biba, Ossie Clark and Zandra Rhodes.

Runs until 2003, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm, adm free

Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Market Square, Preston (tel: 01772 258248).

Fashion from the 1950s.The story of Horrockses Fashions Ltd curated by textiles expert Dr Christine Boydell showing off some of the best examples of Horrockses dresses from the 1950s onwards, many of them lent or donated by local people. The dresses were expensive for the time but nevertheless incredibly popular, often worn as honeymoon outfits.

Runs until Saturday

The Art of Print

An exhibition exploring the techniques of printmaking containing a range of material such as 16th and 17th century European engravings, 18th century British caricatures, 19th century colour-woodblock prints from Japan and 20th century material.

Runs until April 12 2003

In Focus

An exhibition of historic photographs of Preston's Caribbean Community marking Black History Month 2002.

Runs until January 4 2003

The Art of the Print

A wide range of material including 16th and 17th century European engravings, 18th century Brtish caricatures, 19th century colour-woodblock prints from Japan and 20th century material.

Runs until April 12 2003, open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, adm free

Liverpool Tate

Albert Dock, Liverpool (tel: 0151 702 7400).

Pin-up - Art and Celebrity Since The Sixties. The changing face of glamour and celebrity from Pop art to the present. Runs until Sunday, November 24, open daily (except Mon) 10am-5.45pm, adm free

Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street, Manchester (tel: 0161 235 8888)

Enjoy family fun in the interactive gallery with lively exhibits and multi-media facilities or join in the talks and tours about the exhibitions.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm, adm free

Manchester Jewish Museum

Visit the oldest purpose built synagogue in the city which was restored and listed as a Grade II building with architecture, stained glass windows, the Ladies Gallery and the Permanent Exhibition telling the 200 year old story of Manchester Jewry.

Open Monday to Thursday, 10.30am-4pm and Sunday 10.30am-5pm, adm free

Manchester Museum

University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester (tel: 0161 275 2634)

Uncover the mysteries of Ancient Egypt or marvel at the dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts while discovering the world of neotropical frogs, or learn about cultures from around the world or find out how the human body functions in one of the finest university museums in the country.

Open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11-4pm, adm free

Merseyside Maritime Museum and HM Customs & Excise Museum

Albert Dock, Liverpool (tel: 0151 478 4499)

Blue Funnel to China: For over a century after its foundation in 1865, the Blue Funnel Line was the premier Liverpool shipping company trading to China.

This exhibition looks mainly at the museum's extensive collection of material including posters, film, ship models and personal items from the crew including introducing key characters involved in the story such as Alfred Holt, the inventor of the long distance engineer and former seafarers who still remember the company today.

Runs until February 24 2003, open daily 10am-5pm, adm free

Museum of Chemical Industry

Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire (tel: 0151 420 1121)

Discover the world of science and technology with over 100 hands-on exhibits for all the family including quizzes, puzzles and touch-screen computers, interactive exhibits and displays bringing chemistry to life.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm, adults £4.65, children £3.40 and conc. £3.95, family ticket £13.95

Museum of Science and Industry

Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester (tel: 0161 832 1830)

Star Trek Exhibition

Beam aboard the USS Enterprise and explore the true science behind Star Trek including a visit to the Engineering, Sickbay and the Transporter Room. This is one tour that you won't want to complete at warp speed!

Runs until Sunday, October 27, open daily 10am-5pm, adults £4.50 and concessions £3

Spirit of the Games. Following a running track into the Museum's own mini stadium, experience the themes and the theatre of the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games and see the extraordinary costumes and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Baton.

Runs until Sunday, November 24, open daily 10am-5pm, adm free

The Baby: See a rebuild of The Baby, the world's first computer developed in Manchester in 1948 and an ancestor of today's PCs and laptops.

Electricity Room Sets: Visit the historic room sets from the 30s and the 50s and cast an eye over seven decades of electrical appliances.

Victorian Sewer: Take a walk along the Victorian sewer complete with sound and smells and get a feel for what living conditions were really like during the era.

Open daily, 10am-5pm, adm to the permanent galleries free

Museum of Transport

Boyle Street, Manchester (tel: 0161 205 2122)

Learn all about transport in Greater Manchester from 1800 to the present day.

From the world's first horsedrawn bus service to the multi-million Metrolink system Greater Manchester has always been at the forefront of public transport operating a comprehensive network of bus, train and Metrolink services cover over 1600 route miles.

Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm.

People's History Museum

The Pump House, Bridge Street, Manchester (tel: 0161 839 6061)

Moving Lives

From the late 1940s, thousands of people have migrated to Britain from the Caribbean. Many of them started their lives in Manchester. This exhibition looks at after the migration, how these people managed to establish themselves in work and forge identity in a new home? The exhibition uses photographs, people's possessions, recordings and films.

Runs until Sunday, October 27, open Tue to Sun 11am-4.30pm, adm free

Richard Goodall Gallery

59 Thomas Street, Manchester (tel: 0161 832 3435)

A display of vintage and contemporary rock and roll poster art.

Runs until Saturday, open Tue to Fri 10am-6pm and Sat 10am-5pm, adm free

Saddleworth Museum Art Gallery

High Street, Uppermill, Nr Oldham (tel: 01457 874093)


A collection of paintings, traditional landscapes, reflective photography and funky textiles.

Runs until Sunday, open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12 noon-5pm, admission free

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Peel Park Crescent, Salford (tel: 0161 736 2649)

Life Times

A variety of Life Times projects have been going on around the city over the last 2 years and many memories, photographs and stories about the history of the city have come to light.

Runs until Tuesday, May 6 2003, open Monday to Friday, 10am-4.45pm and Saturday and Sunday 1pm-5pm, adm free

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock, Liverpool (tel: 0151 702 7400)

Liverpool Biennial International 2002

Runs until Sunday, November 24, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5.50pm

Artists from around the world are brought together in a celebration of the fresh and most innovative elements of visual culture using the city as a specific cultural context for their work.

Runs until Sunday, November 24, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5.50pm

The Beatles Story

Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool (tel: 0151 709 1963)

Experience the most sensational story the pop world has ever known in the City where it all began and relive the Fab Four's rise to fame walking through Abbey Road, imagining the White Room and seeing real costumes on display.

Open daily, 10am-6pm, adults £7.95, children £4.95, conc. £5.45 and £19 for a family ticket with upto 3 children

The National Football Museum

Deepdale Stadium, Preston (tel: 01772 908 442)

Take a trip to football heaven and begin the journey through football history learning the story of football using the latest technology with an interactive exhibition and viewing the finest display of football memorabilia in the world. In the second half you can play the game and test your skills on the interactive exhibits, then join Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen on Match of the Day and enjoy your 15 minutes of fame.

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm, adults £6.95 and children, 5 to 15 years old, £4.95 and children free

The World of Glass

Chalon Way East, St Helens, (tel: 08707 444 777)

Experience the miracle of sand and fire and witness the skills involved in a turning a ball of glass into a beautiful object and the art of glassblowing.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm, adults £5, children £3.60 conc. £3.60, Family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children £15 or 1 adult and 2 children £10

Turnpike Gallery

Civic Square, Leigh (tel: 01942 404469)

Structured Images

A collection of woven painted paper and paintings by Beverley Coleclough.

Runs until Saturday

Fine Lines

Maria Marshall presents hypnotic large scale video projects using a rang of film techniques and unusual special effects to explore her role as a mother and artist.

Runs until Saturday, November 9, open Monday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am-5.30pm, Tuesday 10am-5.30pm, Wednesday 9.30am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm