Museum collections

Sculpture and portrait at the MuseumWe hold over 30,000 objects relating to life in Wigan Borough, past and present. Our collections include fine art, archaeology, social history, natural history, coins, decorative art and industrial history.

The story of local people can be told through everyday objects like Roman pottery or 16th century pewter ware. The museum holds everything from 19th century Blackpool holiday souvenirs to a German helmet from the First World War.

The museum team are keen to get more of your heritage out on display so there'll be something new every time you visit.

We have recently put on display artworks by J L Isherwood, Theodore Major and Harry Walder.

Collections online

Egyptian artifact - maskYou can now view our top 50 objects online, along with those from other Greater Manchester museums. This is a fantastic opportunity to see treasures from the collection including a 3500 year old Egyptian mask and the beautiful Eckersley sword.

Browse our unique objects or, to view short films exploring the history of the steam engine and the Chartist ‘Leighth Feight’ Pike, search for 'Trencherfield Mill' or 'pike'.

Museum objects not currently on display can be viewed by appointment where possible. Please call Carrie Gough, Collections Officer on 01942 827594.

Centenary Connections

 Want to find our more about Wigan Borough and the First World War?

Centenary Connections has eight themed journeys to guide you around museums, archives, libraries and galleries throughout Greater Manchester including our borough.

Your mobile can be the basis of a real life tour around the area or a virtual tour from anywhere in the world.

Want to donate?

Have you ever thought about donating an object or archive to the museum?

Our collecting policy means we can not take everything we are offered but please contact us if you think you have a piece of Wigan Borough history for our collection that you would like to donate.

Get involved

Want to make new friends, pass on your expertise or share your enthusiasm for local history?

We have a range of volunteer opportunities including collections care, family workshops, public events and exhibition installation. Training is provided we just need your help.

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