Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives

Outside view of Wrexham Museum building
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Wrexham County Borough Museum & Archives was originally the barracks for the Royal Denbighshire Militia; later the building became the town's police station and court house. The museum has recently been completely refreshed and redesigned to meet the expectations of the twenty-first century visitor.

The museum has three galleries: the main gallery is a family friendly space which introduces visitors to the history of Wrexham and displays some of the star items in the museum's collection. Gallery 2 is a dedicated space for exhibitions based on the treasures of the National Museum of Wales and the National Library of Wales. Gallery 3 is where you can enjoy our programme of temporary exhibitions which explore our border heritage. The Collections Centre offers visitors a chance to see those objects not on display (separate opening times). The Archives is the place where you can research your family tree or delve into the history of your neighbourhood.

Overall we offer a great visitor experience for everyone who wants to discover Wrexham's varied heritage and the collections held in the museum and the archives. To complete the perfect visit, have a browse in the museum shop and then sit back and indulge yopurself at the stylish award winning Bwtri Coffee bar and bistro!

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.30am - 3.00pm
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.
Closed Bank Holidays and Sundays.

Admission charges

FREE. Donations Welcome.

Getting there

The museum is on Regent Street in the centre of Wrexham. Wrexham General and Wrexham Central Railway Stations are both less than ten minutes' walk away.

The bus station on King Street is even closer as the Museum building faces the bus station.

There is car parking at the St Mark's Road multi-storey car park next to the Museum. There is a pay and display car park at Island Green, behind the Museum and 5 minutes' walk from the museum entrance.

Look out for fingerpost signs around the town pointing you towards the museum.

Additional info

Wrexham Archives and Local Studies Service collects and preserves any kind of record that relates to the history of the County Borough and tells us about local people, places, businesses and societies. Records are available for everyone to consult free of charge at the AN Palmer Centre.

Archives and Local History of Wrexham and the Borderlands. Highlights of the collection include:Brick, Tiles & Terracotta collection from local manufacturers, Clocks made locally, Bakelite ware collection and the Welsh Football Collection. For more information on collections,please contact the Curator.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

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

People and Places - The Royal Welch Fusiliers

  • 26 February 2016 — 4 February 2017 *on now

Explore the eventful history of the Royal Welch Fusiliers and the regiment’s links to Wrexham in a special display in the main gallery. Look out for some wonderful objects never before on public show.

Loaned by the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum Trust, RWF CT Cymraig.

Museum Opening Times:
Monday - Friday : 10am - 5pm
Saturday : 11am - 4pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE ENTRY - donations welcome

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Touched by Greatness: The Story of Welsh International Football

  • 10 June 2016 — 3 June 2017 *on now

Timed to coincide with Wales’s first appearance at an international football finals since 1958, this exhibition chronicles the heroic endeavours of the Wales’s greatest footballers. The right of a Wales team to exist has often been questioned and its stars refused permission to play, however, the team has become one of the unifiers of Wales and its star players – John Charles, Ian Rush, Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale, some of the most famous Welshmen in the world. The eventful story is told through the artefacts and archives of the Welsh Football Collection.

Museum Opening Times:
Monday - Friday : 10am - 5pm
Saturday : 11am - 4pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Welsh

Admission

FREE ENTRY - donations welcome

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Sacred Spaces: The Rock Art of the San in southern Africa

  • 25 June — 27 August 2016 *on now

Embark on an adventure into Africa’s past and human creativity through the sacred paintings of the San people (the Bushmen) of southern Africa. Digital reproductions of the rock art (still preserved in situ in Africa), animation and interactives will allow visitors to explore the story of a people from prehistory to the present day. A ‘Windows on the World’ exhibition produced in partnership with the British Museum.

Museum Opening Times:
Monday - Friday : 10am - 5pm
Saturday : 11am - 4pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Welsh

Admission

FREE ENTRY - donations welcome

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Fighting On All Fronts: The Royal Welch Fusiliers during the First World War

  • 12 September — 26 November 2016

The Royal Welch Fusiliers saw action on the Western Front, Italy, Egypt and Palestine, Iraq, the Balkans and Gallipoli in a series of hard-fought contests on the road to eventual victory with the armistice in 1918. This exhibition, based on the reserve collection of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, follows in the footsteps of the men who served in the ‘war to end all wars’ from the heady days of August 1914 to the long-awaited peace five years later.

Museum Opening Times:
Monday - Friday : 10am - 5pm
Saturday : 11am - 4pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE ENTRY - donations welcome

The Last One Standing: The Tale of Bersham Colliery

  • 12 December 2016 — 22 April 2017

On December 18th 1986, the last tub of coal was wound to the surface at Bersham Colliery. With the closure of the last pit in the Denbighshire coalfield, a centuries-old tradition came to an end. This exhibition tells the story of coal mining through the history of one pit, that although often threatened with closure, outlasted many larger and more modern collieries. In association with the North Wales Miners Association Trust.

Museum Opening Times:
Monday - Friday : 10am - 5pm
Saturday : 11am - 4pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Welsh

Admission

FREE ENTRY - donations welcome

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

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.

Make & Take

  • 26 July 2016 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 2 August 2016 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 9 August 2016 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 16 August 2016 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 23 August 2016 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 30 August 2016 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 25 October 2016 10:30am-12:30pm

Make a craft with an historical twist at Wrexham Museum. Themes vary.
Suitable for families with children.
Drop in event.

(Every Tuesday during the school holidays).

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£1 per child

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Bersham Ironworks Guided Tours

  • 4 August 2016 2-3:30pm
  • 1 September 2016 10:30am-12pm

Made famous by John ‘Iron Mad’ Wilkinson, a leading figure in the Industrial Revolution, the once noisy Bersham Ironworks now nestles quietly in the attractive Clywedog Valley, two miles outside Wrexham in north-east Wales.

Meet at Bersham Heritage Centre car park.

Call for tour and time updates. Pre-booking not required.

Admission

FREE - donations welcome

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Bryn's Buddies

  • 10 September 2016 11am-1pm
  • 8 October 2016 11am-1pm
  • 12 November 2016 11am-1pm
  • 10 December 2016 11am-1pm

Discover and explore the past at Wrexham Museum’s monthly history club
7-11year olds.
Advance booking essential
Price includes drink and a snack.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£4 per child per session

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Holt Castle Talk and Tour

  • 20 — 30 July 2016 *on now

Explore the history and archaeology of Holt Castle. This outdoor talk and tour will be led by Steve Grenter, Wrexham Heritage Service Manager.

Admission

FREE - donations welcome

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Messy Museum!

  • 25 July 2016 10:30am-12pm *on now
  • 1 August 2016 10:30am-12pm
  • 8 August 2016 10:30am-12pm
  • 15 August 2016 10:30am-12pm
  • 22 August 2016 10:30am-12pm
  • 24 October 2016 10:30am-12pm

Painting, sticking and general messy fun for 0-3 year olds!
Drop in event.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£1 per child

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

History Alive! Battle Fest 950

  • 31 July 2016 11am-4pm

Wrexham’s annual living history festival marks the 950th anniversary of probably the most important date in the history of this island. Follow the epic events of 1066 in the company of the Viking Society, North Wales’s Cwmwd Iâl and Shropshire-based Les Miles des Marches as Norman, Saxon and Viking battle for supremacy in a struggle that had huge repercussions for Wales.

Admission: Adults: £5, Concessions: £4 and Children (under 18): £1

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission: Adults: £5, Concessions: £4 and Children (under 18): £1

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Art of Africa

  • 3 August 2016 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 5 August 2016 10:30am-12:30pm

Learn about the fascinating art of the San People via hands on art sessions with artist Andy Leigh. 7 + year olds. Advance booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£2 per child

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Notebook Making for Adults

  • 6 September 2016 10:30am-1pm

Create your own notebook to take home.
Booking in advance essential.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3 per adult
Call 01978 297460 to book a place

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Open Doors: Minera Lead Mines

  • 10 September 2016 10:30am-3pm

Discover the story of the lead miners of Minera. Guided tour of the archaeological remains at 11am and 1pm.

Admission

FREE - donations welcome

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Halloween Trail

  • 24 — 29 October 2016

Follow the pumpkins, if you dare! Halloween costumes optional!

Museum Opening Times:
Monday - Friday : 10am - 5pm
Saturday : 11am - 4pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Languages

  • Welsh

Admission

£1 per trail

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Spooky Halloween Spiders!

  • 27 October 2016 From 10:30am

Watch out for those spiders! Make your own spooky spider. Drop-in event. Halloween costumes optional!

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£1 per spider

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Remembrance

  • 12 November 2016 11am-1pm

Make a hand print poppy. Drop-in event.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£1 per craft

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Seasonal Stories

  • 19 — 20 December 2016 2-4pm

Make a Christmas craft to take home and listen to local published author and story teller, Fiona Collins. Ages 5 year +.
Drink and biscuit provided.
Advanced booking & payment essential

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£5 per child
Call 01978 297460

Website

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/heritage

Getting there

The museum is on Regent Street in the centre of Wrexham. Wrexham General and Wrexham Central Railway Stations are both less than ten minutes' walk away.

The bus station on King Street is even closer as the Museum building faces the bus station.

There is car parking at the St Mark's Road multi-storey car park next to the Museum. There is a pay and display car park at Island Green, behind the Museum and 5 minutes' walk from the museum entrance.

Look out for fingerpost signs around the town pointing you towards the museum.

Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives
County Buildings
Regent Street
Wrexham
LL11 1RB
Wales

Website

www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/heritage/wrexham_museum.htm

E-mail

museum@wrexham.gov.uk

Telephone

01978 297460

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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