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.

Leigh and Wigan’s Female Reform Unions and Peterloo talk by Yvonne Eckersley

Date: Friday 16th August
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Price: £3 - including tea/coffee

On 16th August 1819, 60,000 men, women and children from the Manchester area walked to St Peter’s Field in support of political reform. Within half an hour at least fifteen people sustained fatal injuries and many more were bludgeoned, maimed or crushed by horses. Join Yvonne on the 200th anniversary of the massacre to hear the story of how Wigan and Leigh radicals protested in the narrow streets of Leigh as well as the wide open space of Amberswood Common.

Places are limited so please book by phoning 01942 828128 or email Wigan Museum

From Cotton Bales to Canopic Jars - Talk by Ian Trumble

From Cotton Bales to Canopic Jars:`A Victorian woman’s obsession with Ancient Egypt`

Date: Thursday 19th September
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Price: £3 - including tea/coffee

150 years ago, a young girl dreamed of visiting the land of the pharaohs. 20 years later she sailed the Nile, rode a donkey across the desert, and dined in the sun with Sheikhs.

Annie Barlow, daughter of one of Greater Manchester’s largest textile magnates, devoted part of her life to preserving Egypt’s ancient heritage. This story tells how her passion built up one of the country’s best collections of over 10,000 Egyptian artefacts.

Places are limited so please book by phoning 01942 828128 or email Wigan Museum

Dead and Buried - Talk by Charlie Guy MA

Date: Thursday 31st October
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Price: £3 - including tea/coffee

Join us on Halloween to dispel the dark myths of the Victorian dead and shine a light on some of the forgotten, outdated and downright creepy funerary practices, traditions and superstitions of the age.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

Come along to this popular illustrated talk by Charlie Guy MA.

Places are limited so please book by phoning 01942 828128 or email Wigan Museum.

A Concise History Of Coal Mining

Date: Thursday 14th November
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Price: £3 including tea/coffee

A Concise History Of Coal Mining from the formation of coal 300 million years ago to the recent end of deep mining.

With reference to the industry nationally, from the use of coal around 1450BC in South Wales, but as much as possible focusing on the Lancashire Coalfield, first documented in 1294. Illustrated throughout plus rare film records.

Come along to this illustrated talk by Alan Davies.

Places are limited so please book by phoning 01942 828128 or email Wigan Museum.

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