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.

Child’s Play – A celebration of childhood

Date: On now - recurring event, every week until December.
Time: Please check for Museum opening hours
Price: Free

A new exhibition giving children a taste of life in the Victorian era. A free interactive experience giving families an insight into Victorian Life to present date through dress up, games and education.

Appley Bridge Meteorite Talk - as featured on BBC TV and Radio

Date: Monday 8th October
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Price: £2.50 - including tea/coffee

Places are limited so please book by contacting Museum of Wigan Life or call 01942 828128.

A special chance to catch this popular talk. Join us for a fascinating insight into the fall and discovery of the Appley Bridge meteorite in 1914, as told through newspaper reports and archive documents of the time. The meteorite explosions, fireball, the confusion with enemy Zeppelins, the confiscation of the meteorite by the police and its subsequent release for analysis will all be told.

'The Appley Bridge Meteorite' book includes previously unseen images of the meteorite from around the world. Signed copies will be available for purchase.

Dead and Buried - Talk by Charlie Guy MA

Date: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Price: £2.50 - including tea/coffee

Booking is essential. Please email Wigan Museum to book your place or call 01942 828128.

Join us on Halloween to dispel the dark myths of the Victorian dead and shine a light on some of the forgotten, outdated and downright creepy funerary practices, traditions and superstitions from the age.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.


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