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.
Puppets up close

'Puppets on Parade'

  • 23 June — 12 August 2018 *on now

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


Brindley Village - A Legacy of the Great War

  • 18 August — 30 September 2018
  • 1 — 12 October 2018

Opened in 1916, the Brindley Heath Military Hospital became a feature of the Chase landscape for nearly 40 years. Immediately after the war it treated soldiers suffering from shell shock and gas poisoning. Later, it was purchased by the local colliery company who converted the huts into bungalow type accommodation for its workforce.

With this exhibition and a grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund, the Brindley Village Legacy Group hope to capture the essence and spirit of the villagers as they supported each other and developed a close knit community in the aftermath of war.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free Admission

Tunneler and miner

The War to End all War: The People's Story

  • 22 October — 14 December 2018

The People's Story looks at what individuals did in the war and how lives changed. Some young men enlisted to fight in the services, some women worked in traditional men's roles for the first time and some Cannock Chase Coalfield miners had a vital role on the Western Front as tunnellers. After the war, those who were able returned to their own communities but life had changed forever.

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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