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.

Animal Mummies Uncovered

animals-uncoveredOpens: Saturday 29th April 2017 - January 2018
Price: Free exhibition

A fascinating, myth-busting new exhibition looking at Ancient Egyptian animal mummies which were prepared in their millions as votive offerings to the gods. This nationally touring exhibition features mummified animal specimens such as jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds. Explore the recreated subterranean catacomb and discover more about the Ancient Egyptians. Then try the latest science to learn more about the subject! On tour from Manchester Museum.

Halloween 2017

Spooky Halloween for kids

Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th October
1pm - 2.30pm
Booking required

Visit for Spooky Halloween activities. Make your own mask and ghoulish treats. Be there or be very afraid. Fancy dress welcome!


Dead and Buried: The Wants and Worries of the 19th Century Deceased by Charlie Guy MA

Dead and Buried

Tuesday 31st October
1pm - 2pm
Price: £2.50 per person incl tea/coffee booking required

Join us on Halloween to dispel the dark myths of the Victorian dead and shine a light on some of the forgotten, outdated and downright creepy funerary practices, traditions and superstitions of the age.

The Mummies Unmasked Dr Campbell Price

Eygptian Mummy in CT scanner

Thursday 16th November
1pm - 2pm
Price: £2.50 per person (incl. tea/coffee) booking required

A special look underneath the bandages of Manchester Museum’s Egyptian mummies. The unique collection of mummies has undergone investigation using CT scanning and this is an amazing opportunity to hear first hand about the findings. What do the scans reveal about mummification? Who were the mummies? How were the mummies made? Back by popular demand.

The Pretoria Pit Disaster by Alan Davies

Thursday 23rd November
12noon - 1pm
Price: £2.50 per person incl tea/coffee booking required

Find out about the largest mine disaster in the Lancashire coalfield. On the morning of the 21st Dec 1910, 344 men and boys were killed at Hulton Bank No.3 Pit. Discover more about this tragic event and its impact on the local community.


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