How to view the collections

A poster from Wigan carnival in 1928

The Wigan Archives Service cares for the historical records of the Wigan Metropolitan Borough making them available to the public.

We hold collections of records for its people, places, businesses, churches, societies and all manner of other organisations, preserving the history of the entire borough.

Researchers from all backgrounds and institutions are welcome to view the collections and our staff and volunteers can help you locate relevant material.

  • The Archives - original records (primary source/records) covering all of Wigan Borough
  • Local Studies - local reference book collections and popular family history resources on microfilm and computer
  • Wigan images online - online access to historic images of the borough

Come see us

Opening times
 Opening times for Wigan Archives & Leigh Local Studies and Wigan Local Studies
 Monday 9am - 2pm
 Tuesday 9am - 2pm
 Wednesday 9am - 2pm
 Thursday 12pm - 5pm
 Friday 12pm - 5pm
 Saturday 9am - 2pm (Museum of Wigan Life and Wigan Local Studies only - please see below for Archives collection access on Saturdays)
 Sunday  Closed

Wigan Archives and Leigh Local Studies

Leigh Town Hall, Civic Square, Leigh, WN7 1DY

  • The bus station is approximately a five-minute walk away and car parking is adjacent to the Town Hall on Bengal Street.
  • How to use the Archive service
  • For Saturday access to Archive collections at Wigan Local Studies, please contact us at least seven working days in advance and we will arrange for material to be made available - please be aware that it may not be possible to make all collections available to view.

Wigan Local Studies (Museum of Wigan Life)

Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU

Railway and bus stations are approximately a five minute walk away. There is very limited on street parking immediately adjacent but main car parks are all within easy walking distance.

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