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.

Chinese New Year free Family Fun

Date: Saturday 1st February 2020
Price: Free and no booking required

Join us for an extravaganza of free family fun as we celebrate Chinese New Year with music, dancing, calligraphy, Tea ceremony, Chinese traditional costume and craft.

  • 11am – 2pm Free family activities at the Museum
  • 11.20 - Parade starts at the Fire Within HQ, upstairs in the Galleries
  • 11.30 – Lion dance at Market Place
  • 12.30 – Martial Arts at the Grand Arcade
  • 13.30 – Lion dance and performance at the Museum

February Half Term – Chinese New Year

Date: Tuesday 18th February 2020
Time: 12.30pm - 2pm
Price: Free and no booking required

Half term is packed full of family fun with our traditional Chinese craft activities. Join us for painting, calligraphy, Kungfu for children, Chinese tea ceremony and dressing up in beautiful traditional costume.

February Half Term – Chinese New Year

Date: Thursday 20th February 2020
Time: 12.30pm - 2pm
Price: Free and no booking required

Half term is packed full of family fun with our traditional Chinese craft activities. Join us for painting, calligraphy, Kungfu for children, Chinese tea ceremony and dressing up in beautiful traditional costume.

Crawford Family by Ripton Lindsay

Date: Thursday 5th March

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Price: £3.00 including tea and coffee

Ripton Lindsay is a man whose own life is forever intertwined with the Lindsay family. This engaging and informative talk will explore the life of Alexander Lindsay, 23rd Earl of Crawford. Starting with his childhood at the Balcarres Estate (the families Scotland home) you will be taken on a journey through his military career, his governorship of Jamaica, the role he played in the Second Maroon Revolution as well as his life in Wigan.

In his quest to find out more about Lord Crawford’s life, Ripton’s search has taken him from painful remembrance to understanding, reconciliation and a clearer vision for a better, more honest future when discussing Britain’s colonial past.

Booking is essential - places are limited so please book by phoning 01942 828128 or emailing wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk

Cotton Town Chronicles by Peter and Barbara Snape 

Date: Thursday 14th May

Time: 1pm – 2pm

Price: £3.00 including tea and coffee

Cotton Town Chronicles is a folk song-based presentation that provides an interesting overview of working life during the age when cotton and coal were king. It is a journey in which key moments of social history provide the context for the song to take centre stage. Each song tells a story; it’s grease and grime, mills, mines and machinery, poverty, struggle, love, humanity and the ability to look on the bright side of life.

Booking is essential - places are limited so please book by phoning 01942 828128 or emailing wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk

Protest Under the Pharaohs

Date: Friday 5th June 2020
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Price: £3 including tea and coffee

Ancient Egypt saw the first recorded strike in human history, and there is plentiful evidence for ordinary people reacting against centralised rule of the Pharaohs.

This lecture explores some of the alternatives to the image of the powerful Pharaonic state.

Come along to this illustrated talk by Dr Campbell Price

Booking is essential - Places are limited so please book by calling 01942 828128 or email wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk

Skeleton School

Date: Saturday 31st October 2020
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Price: £3 including tea and coffee

From booby-trapped coffins and body-snatchers, to post-mortem photography and funeral souvenirs, the Victorian obsession with death was all-encompassing; spawning an era of now forgotten death-etiquette, creepy funerary practices, traditions and superstitions designed to keep the departed firmly within their realm.

But the battle to appease the dead often caused war among the living. Join us on Halloween and explore the fascinating world of the Victorian dead brought back to life - the superstitions that buried them - and the anatomists who brought them back up. With reference to the Edinburgh Seven and the Surgeon's Hall Riot of 1870.

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

Booking is essential - Places are limited so please book by phoning 01942 828128 or email wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk

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