People discussing research and looking at old reference booksWe have many different talks and tours available to individuals, groups and schools interested in finding out more about the history of Wigan borough.

Please find details below of the talks and tours currently available. Some sessions may have a charge.

To book on any of the talks below or for further information please contact us.

Adult learning

Your history: Your records

An introduction to the Archives. We have 800 years worth of historic records and we're keen to bring them out to you. This outreach talk for groups, provides an introduction to the archive collections, how to use them to research Wigan's history and the work done to preserve the record of life in the borough. The talk uses original archive records which can be handled and examined by your group. The talk can also be hosted at the Archives and include a tour of the Archives.

The Edward Hall diary collection

Did you know we have a collection of over 250 personal diaries and journals? This remarkable collection was donated to the Archives by Edward Hall and represents a lifetime spent collecting the diaries of people from all social backgrounds, from 1698 to the 1940s. This talk gives an introduction to Hall, his work and the diaries he collected and includes an opportunity to examine some of the original items.


We have a range of different guided walks available, including our popular local cemetery walks and First World War local cemetery walks. The walks explore the rich history of the local area, notable local individuals buried in our cemeteries and are an enjoyable way to get out in the fresh air and find out more about our local history.

Please check the What's On pages for more details.

Walks for groups or local societies can also be arranged.

If you are interested in a group walk or for more details for dates of upcoming walks, please contact us.

School visits and resources

Class of school children using a museum gallery for a workshop sessionThe Archives contain a wealth of information and historical sources suitable for use in the classroom. Staff are happy to offer advice on lesson planning and which records might be suitable for your subject, whether local history or national events. We can supply copies of documents or photographs digitally for use on smart-boards or tablet computers.

Wigan Archives and Local Studies also offer an opportunity for school children to get hands-on with their heritage, and we can offer tours of the Archives for school groups together with a local history handling session facilitated by our professional staff.

Please contact us for more information.


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