Wisbech and Fenland Museum

Wisbech & Fenland Museum
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Wisbech & Fenland Museum is one of the oldest purpose-built museums in the country. The original Museum Society was formed in 1835, and the present building dates from 1847. The well-preserved Museum interior enables visitors to step back in time to the heyday of the Victorian museum.

The Hudson Wing addition offers a diverse range temporary exhibitions and a full range of education facilities. Disabled access to all main Museum areas is available via the side entrance and lift.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Gallery

Opening hours

Tue-Sat 1000-1600

Admission charges

Free Admission

Wisbech and Fenland Museum is one of the oldest purpose-built museums in the country. Its collections reflect the enthusiasms and interests of the Museum Society’s members during the nineteenth century and include geology; zoology; archaeology (Near East, Classical and local); fine and applied art; paintings; local history; personalia and extensive and important photographic collections. Wisbech and Fenland Museum also houses an important library (formerly The Wisbech Literary Society) with literary archives (the manuscript of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations), maps and books (the 17th century Wisbech Town Library) and is the diocesan repository for local parish records.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Medicine, Music, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

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

Thomas Clarkson

  • 31 January 2007 — 28 January 2020 *on now

Wisbech is the home town of slavery abolitionist Thomas Clarkson and the Museum holds documents, letters, books and artefacts relating to his work which are displayed in this permanent exhibition. The most important of these is his chest which contains examples of 18th century African textiles, seeds and leatherwork. These were used to illustrate his case for direct trade with Africa. The chest also contained chains and manacles which give an insight into the appalling treatment of the enslaved Africans.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Wisbech and Fenland Museum
Museum Square
PE13 1ES

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