What's on - Museums and archives

Details of museums and archives exhibitions and events.

Museum of Wigan Life are free unless otherwise stated.

Exhibitions and events

Ancient Egypt - as seen on BBC TV

Ancient Egyptian maskPermanent display
Price: Free

Our popular Ancient Egypt Rediscovered exhibition is now on permanent display.

Get up close and personal with ancient coffins, grave goods and a spectacular gold mask. This amazing collection covers over 3000 years of Egyptian history.

Titanic - The Wigan Story - Illustrated talk by Caroline Heaven

Date: Friday 6th April 2018
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Price: £2.50 - including tea/coffee

Places are limited so please book by calling 01942 828128 or email Museum of Wigan Life.

If Titanic hadn’t sunk she would be just another ship in the history of The Great Liners, but the fateful and well documented night of 14th - 15th April 1912 lives on in the memories of those still captivated by this tragic story.

As a member of The British Titanic Society I have long been interested in the Titanic’s fate and have recently researched the Wigan connections to the ship ranging from Captain Smith himself to the crew and the infamous ‘Black Gang’.

The boiler room crew brought the ship alive but their story is often forgotten by others. Out of the 159 firemen on Titanic that night only 43 survived. This number included only 6 of the firemen who were on-duty at the time of the sinking.

I would like to share the story of ‘The Black Gang’ and my research of the Wigan connection to Titanic with you.

Child’s Play – A celebration of childhood

Date: On now - recurring event, every week until December.
Time: Please check for Museum opening hours
Price: Free

A new exhibition giving children a taste of life in the Victorian era. A free interactive experience giving families an insight into Victorian Life to present date through dress up, games and education.

The Invention of Childhood - Talk by Dianne Teskey

Date: Thursday 26th April 2018
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Price: £2.50 - including tea/coffee

Places are limited so please book by calling 01942 828128 or email Museum of Wigan Life.

Do you remember the doll’s house in Wigan Market Hall? Have you still got your teddy bear?

What was childhood like for Victorian children, did the Victorians really invent childhood? Join us on a journey of childhood through the ages to see how the child of yesteryear compares with the child of today. Come along to share your own childhood and earliest memories with this fascinating talk by Dianne Teskey.

Children in the Mines – Talk by Alan Davis

Date: Thursday 17th May
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Price: £2.50 - including tea/coffee

Places are limited so please book by calling 01942 828128 or email Museum of Wigan Life.

The 1842 Children’s Employment Commission (Mines) contained shocking verbatim evidence from men, women and children working in the Lancashire coal industry, leading to the Coal Mines Act 1842.

The Act banned women and girls from working in coal mines and boys had to be aged ten at least. Evidence from local mineworkers is featured in the presentation.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Date: Thursday 28th June 2018
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Price: £2.50 including tea/coffee

Places are limited so please book by calling 01942 828128 or email Museum of Wigan Life.

The treatment of the dead throughout history has undergone an evolution spanning social, economic and religious domains – the historical treatment of the body runs concurrent to contemporary concerns of how best to deal with a corpse. The Biblical concept of sleep as a metaphor for death is a common theme within both the old and new testaments and throughout the 19th century to rest in peace was essential for the spiritual wellbeing of the deceased.

So, when it came to scientific research, dissection was the Christian equivalent of arriving to a party wearing the wrong trainers - nobody was going to get into Heaven in 4 parts. Prior to the Anatomy Act of 1832, under the Murder Act only the bodies of executed murderers were allowed to be dissected and anatomised by the medical schools. It was therefore necessary for the 10 or so universities in Britain offering medicine as a vocation to resort to other methods of supply to meet demand – the services of the Resurrection Man. The lure of the financial reward was enough for men to risk not only their morality but also their lives.

Royal Children in Ancient Egypt - Talk by Dr Campbell Price

Date: Thursday 13th September
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Price: £2.50 - including tea/coffee

Places are limited so please book by calling 01942 828128 or email Museum of Wigan Life.

The lives of royal children are perhaps the best known from ancient Egyptian society. This lecture traces the experience of being a child using archaeological evidence before illustrating the special status of the Pharaoh's offspring.

Dead and Buried - Talk by Charlie Guy MA

Date: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Price: £2.50 - including tea/coffee

Booking is essential. Please call 01942 828128 or email Wigan Museum to book your place.

Join us on Halloween to dispel the dark myths of the Victorian dead and shine a light on some of the forgotten, outdated and downright creepy funerary practices, traditions and superstitions from the age. From booby-trapped coffins and body-snatchers to photography and funeral souvenirs, come and explore the fascinating world of the Victorian dead brought back to life.

Easter Children’s Activities

Easter Eggstravaganza

First set of dates: Tuesday 3rd and 10th April at 12:30pm - 2pm

Second set of dates: Thursday 5th and 12th April at 1pm - 2:30pm

Price: £2.50 per child

Bring your little chicks for some crafty family fun as we celebrate springtime. Get stuck in with activities and trails then create your own masterpiece to take home.

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