Museum of Cannock Chase

Museum of Cannock Chase
Valley Road
WS12 1TD




01543 877666


01543 428272

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Situated where the Valley Colliery once stood we now have over 30 acres of green space on the edge of Cannock Chase. Today the hills form one of the last remaining areas of heathland in Britain.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site, Gallery

Opening hours

Easter to the end of September: 11am to 5pm Daily
October to Easter: 11am to 4pm Monday to Friday
Last admissions are 30 minutes before closing

Admission charges

Free admission

Additional info

The library is open by appointment only.

The museum has five formal display galleries. The Local History Gallery - Tracing the Chase, The Miner's Cottage - depicting life at the turn of the twentieth century, Toys and Games Past and Present - Relive your childhood memories in our Toys gallery, Seven Centuries of Coal - find out about Cannock's industrial heritage, The 1940s Room - domestic life during the Second World War. In addition to these, a temporary exhibition programme runs throughout the year offering visitors the opportunity to see objects from the museum's reserve collections as well as those from other museums and private collections.

Collection details

Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Industry, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • 1940s
  • Coal mining
  • local history
  • toys and games
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Resonance: Reflections on the Great War through artworks insired by Staffordshire collections

  • 9 March — 26 April 2015 *on now

Ceramicist and printmaker Stephen Dixon will be producing new ceramics inspired by items relating to the First World War from archive and museum collections in Staffordshire. Stephen's work explores our responses to the Great War a hundred years on. Complementary to this, film-maker Johnny Magee, of Manchester School of Art is producing a film which will place the works in a wider context. Funded through Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts scheme, this exhibition launches here before touring Staffordshire's other museums, evolving at each venue.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age
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.
Two villagers awaiting the feast.

Rollicking Romans

  • 15 May 2015 5-8pm

A rollicking Roman adventure awaits those who join us for an evening of family friendly fun. Arrive as your favourite Roman and enjoy the feast of activities. Make a mosaic, learn about the food the Romans introduced into our diet - and how archaeologists identify it. The Staffordshire Pan will also be on view at this special late night event.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Education Programme

School groups are guaranteed exciting hands on activities when they take part in our award-winning curriculum-friendly education programme.


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How to obtain

All enquiries to the Booking Officer, 01543 877666 Monday to Thursday 10am -1pm, Friday 10am to 12noon. Email;