Museum of Wigan Life

Museum of Wigan Life
Library Street
Wigan
Greater Manchester
WN1 1NU
England

Website

E-mail

heritage@wlct.org

Telephone

01942 828128

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Museum of Wigan Life
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Following a £1.9 million Heritage Lottery Fund refurbishment, the award-winning Museum of Wigan Life (formerly The History Shop) opened to the public, offering a fantastic opportunity for learning and discovery.

The Museum of Wigan Life is housed in Wigan’s first public library and first public building with electric lighting. Alfred Waterhouse designed the building, which opened in 1878. He also designed the Natural History Museum in London and Manchester Town Hall. In 1936 George Orwell researched his book 'The Road to Wigan Pier' in the Reference Library (now Family History and Local Studies) upstairs.

Discover the people and places of Wigan borough, past and present at the Museum of Wigan Life. Lively displays on everything from sport to world war and from music to festivals in Wigan, Leigh and across the borough.

Do you know the tale of Mab’s Cross?
Who is our most famous ukulele player?
And why is Wigan so famous for pies?

You’ll find all the answers and more in our main gallery. Our special exhibitions explore aspects of local history from rugby league to the mysterious sport of clog fighting.

The museum especially welcomes families. Trails for children age 7-11 are available on reception, and the special exhibition has children’s activities. We host a varied and exciting programme of events for adults and families. Please visit our website to find out what is in store! www.wlct.org/wigan/museums-archives

The Museum of Wigan Life Shop offers a huge range of products from miners lamps to the popular ‘I Love Wigan Pie’ range – now featuring handcrafted mugs and teaspoon rests. Try our specialist maps for the family historian or chose a bag of Uncle Joe's Mint Balls to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 11.00 - 15.00
Sunday Closed

Closed: Wednesdays
Sundays
Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

The museum is at the end of Library Street, five minutes walk from Wigan town centre and 10 minutes walk from Wigan Wallgate and Wigan Northern Western train stations and Wigan bus station. There is very limited parking outside the museum but there is a multi-storey at the Grand Arcade shopping centre.

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Music, Natural Sciences, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Purring - Sport of the People

  • Until 26 April 2014 *on now
  • From 18 January 2014

Join us at the Museum of Wigan Life to see our new exhibition about the mysterious local sport of clog fighting or Purring. View artist Anna FC Smith’s specially commissioned drawings and films revealing the rules, fighters and locations behind this hidden ‘sport of the people’.

The museum is hosting a range of special creative events as part of the exhibition programme. Why not try something different and get those creative juices flowing? No previous experience required!

Opening times for Museum of Wigan Life: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10-5, Saturday 11-3, Wednesday and Sunday closed. Purring - Sport of the People exhibition will run until Saturday 26th April 2014.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Monsters at t'Mill - a Museums at Night Event

  • 16 May 2014 6-8:30pm

After an out-of-hours tour of the mill, to see the giant Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine, we enjoy some rank rhymes and terrifying tales (well, not too terrifying...) If you are still not ready to run, we create our own Mutant Mill Monster and, by the time our fearsome friend is finished, we will have written a poem about it. Then, when we think it couldn't get more grisly, we will sit down and listen to award-winning children's author Guy Bass, who will tell us about his marvellous monster masterpieces and his brand new book 'The Legend of Frog'.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Where

Trencherfield Mill Engine
Wigan Pier Quarter,
Heritage Way,
Wigan
Greater Manchester
WN3 4EF
England

Getting there

You'll find us south of Wigan town centre of the A49. Follow the brown tourism signage to Wigan Pier, and then signage to Trencherfield Mill Engine.

Additional info

Parking: 6 Accessible parking spaces near the canal arm area at Trencherfield Mill

Lift access to Engine Viewing Gallery, First Floor
Situated in the Ground Floor foyer area ( 31 6” x 4’ 6”,door opening 31”).
Access for one wheelchair.

Hearing Loop System Engine House, First Floor

Visitor / Accessible toilet. Temporary service arrangement Please see staff.

Admission

There is a charge of £2.00 per child. Booking essential on 01942 828 128.

Website

http://www.wlct.org/Default.aspx.LocID-0cs00r007001.Lang-EN.emID-970.cal-yes.EventID-16312.htm

Getting there

The museum is at the end of Library Street, five minutes walk from Wigan town centre and 10 minutes walk from Wigan Wallgate and Wigan Northern Western train stations and Wigan bus station. There is very limited parking outside the museum but there is a multi-storey at the Grand Arcade shopping centre.

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