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

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.
Little Friend

Little Friends- Spring into Spring!

  • 13 March 2015 10am-12pm

Join us for our baby and toddler group, this month we will be celebrating Springtime!
We will be making Daffodils, Mothering Sunday cards and planting seeds plus all of our usual fun and games. If the weather is nice we shall be going on a seasonal walk around the Museum site, so bring your coats and wellies!

10am – 12pm. £3.00 per child with carer, snack included for child and drink for their carer. Every third Friday of the month unless stated.

Suitable for

  • 0-4


£3.00 per child, includes a snack for child and a hot drink for their carer.


British Science Week

Engineering Remembrance

  • 21 March 2015 11am-3pm

Come and join us to celebrate British Science Week with a day of activities linked to WW1 and our ceramics exhibition ‘Resonance’.

Drop-in – 11am to 3pm Craft activity (all ages); help construct a model trench out of clay, consider how to make it strong, how will you stop it from collapsing?
Talks by local author Chris John about the importance of miners in trench making. 11.15am lecture and discussion. 1.00pm for a family friendly talk.
Walks with the Young Archaeologist Club to Hednesford war memorial
11.30am and 2pm (weather permitting).
Look at the construction of memorials and discuss the different types.
Free admission – No need to book, just turn up.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Home Front Lecture

Objects of Memory- Women on the Home Front

  • 25 March 2015 From 2pm

Join us for a lecture by Dr Phylomena Badsey, who will be discussing “how women kept and recorded their experiences of the First World War and how they would become treasured family items to be passed on to the next generation”

Booking in advance- tickets cost £1.50 and are available from reception.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£1.50 per ticket, booking in advance is essential.
Tickets are available from the Museum reception or by calling 01543 877666


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;