Museum of Cannock Chase

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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.
Vibrant Quilt

'Landscapes Within and Without' by Clare Wassermann

  • 28 April — 17 June 2018

Clare's images represent stories, tales, legends, gods, goddesses, freedom, flight, transformation, the moon and the sun. Heavily influenced by nature, Clare's work is colourful and vibrant, provoking dialogue and storytelling.

Some paintings have ten or even twenty layers, and are all in response to the natural landscape and her meditation practice. Clare has a studio at the Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission


Puppets up close

'Puppets on Parade'

  • 23 June — 12 August 2018

A fun exhibition, come and explore these fabulous characters and the stories they bring to life. the puppets are all part of a collection brought together by Douglas Hayward. He collected hundreds of puppets from around the world, dating back to the early 19th century.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission


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.


  • Museum of Cannock Chase

How to obtain

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

Museum of Cannock Chase
Valley Road
WS12 1TD




01543 877666


01543 428272

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