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 Childrens Story

Date: Thursday 4th April
Time: 12.30pm – 1.45pm
Price: £3 - including tea/coffee

Children of the Titanic

Why did their brave families board the ship?
What was life like for children on Titanic?
Why did so many die in the cold water of the Atlantic?
On cruise ships today, space for children is a necessity. In 1912 there was no such consideration. There were 126 children aged 14 or under on board the Titanic (although numbers vary). Boys over 14 years were classed and treated as men. 60 children died in the disaster, two of whom died on their birthday.

Through individual stories of survivors and victims, this talk will reveal their moving experiences. The sinking for some would be the last thing they would remember. For the survivors, many of whom lost their fathers, the night of April 14th would change their lives for ever.

Come along to this illustrated talk by Caroline Heaven (British Titanic Society). Places are limited so please book by phoning 01942 828128 or email Wigan Museum.

Was the lady floating? The Murders by George Joseph Smith

Date: Thursday 16th May
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Price: £3 - including tea/coffee

1912-1914 - George V is King, in a pre-war Britain which had enjoyed almost a century of peace and prosperity amidst the glory days of the Industrial Revolution. In a time of unparalleled social movement, three men were married: Oliver George Love, George Rose Smith, and Charles Oliver James. These three grooms all had two things in common: they were all the same man, and they were all soon to be widowed. Bessie Mundy, Alice Burnham, Margaret Lofty – the Brides in the Bath.

Come along to this illustrated talk by Charlie Guy MA. Places are limited so please book by phoning 01942 828128 or email Wigan Museum.

Courts, Crimes and Constables - Talk by Marianne Howell

Date: Thursday 13th June
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Price: £3 - including tea/coffee

Join us for this well-illustrated talk by Marianne Howell on the history of crime and punishment through the ages. Starting with the Romans (what did the Romans ever do for us?) you will discover many intriguing and sometimes gruesome stories along the way. Local and national examples are included in this fascinating journey through crime and policing.

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

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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