How to view the collections

Public search room closure (at Leigh Town Hall) - from Mon 6th August 2018 →
Following a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to create new archive facilities, the current public search room based at Leigh Town Hall will be closed from Monday 6th August 2018.

A limited service for the Wigan Archives and Leigh Local Studies will be available from Monday 6th August until January 2019 from its Wigan base at the Museum of Wigan Life. From January 2019 the public search room and the archives team will be based at Leigh Library until the new facility is re-opened in Leigh Town Hall. 

Whilst the service is temporarily closed, all local and family history enquiries should be made to or 01942 828020. Unfortunately we will not be able to answer queries requiring access to Wigan Archives and Leigh Local Studies collections until the service reopens in January 2019 and apologise for any inconvenience.
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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