What's on - Museums and archives

On this page you will find details of museums and archives exhibitions and events.

The Museum of Wigan Life is free unless otherwise stated.

If you have any event queries, you can contact the museums and archives team


Make Some Noise sliderMake Some Noise: From Stage Door to Dance Floor

Until January 2024

Price: Free

Celebrating Wigan Borough’s unique history of music and entertainment.

From Cinemas and Local Legends to Brass Bands, Jazz and Northern Soul this dynamic exhibition brings to life the incredible range of musical genres our towns have embraced and called their own. Expect to see and hear the very best with original objects and music from Wigan Casino, George Formby, The Verve, Buzzcocks and much more. This engaging, interactive, family-friendly exhibition has something for everyone and your musical memories will come flooding back!

Rebels, Radicals, Reform: The Fight for Better exhibition

Rebels, Radicals, Reform: The Fight for Better

Temporary display

Price: Free

The freedom to protest has been a way for people to get their voices heard throughout history. The reasons for protests have been varied, but whatever the reason, it has been the catalyst needed for the growth of freedom and change.

From the Jacobites, Diggers and Peterloo, to the miners strike and recent movements about the environment and racial equality, this exhibition brings to life the many causes the people of our proud borough have campaigned and fought for over the past 600 years, ultimately making it the amazing place it is today.

Ancient Egypt

Permanent display

Price: Free

Our popular Ancient Egypt Rediscovered exhibition is now on permanent display so get up close and personal with ancient coffins and grave goods. This amazing collection covers over 3000 years of Egyptian history and includes a stunning gold coffin mask dating from period of Tutankhamun, outer coffin pieces, shabtis and artefacts from the Roman and Greek occupation of Egypt.

Upcoming events

Leigh Town Hall Tour

Join a member of the archives team for a behind the scenes tour of the historic town hall building. Availability is limited so you must book in advance

Soul Time - Music and chat group

Join Manchester Camerata for Soul Time – a music and chat group for people living well with dementia and their families. Come to the museum for a relaxed and informal session set to music. Covid safe.

  • When?  Every other Monday, 1:30pm - 2.30pm
  • Where? Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
  • What is the cost? Free event
  • Do I need to book? No need to book, just drop in.

Playful Saturdays

Bring your little explorers along to Playful Saturdays at Leigh Town Hall and discover some of the secrets of the archives!  Build your own wacky invention inspired by the amazing inventors of Leigh, or maybe have a go at adding colour to archive photographs.

  • When? Every Saturday, 10am-1pm and 1:30-4pm
  • Where? Archives Wigan and Leigh, Leigh Town Hall
  • What is the cost? Free event
  • Do I need to book? No need to book, just drop in.

Museum Minis

Calling all parents and carers with little ones. Looking for somewhere to go with your museum minis? Then look no further! Join us at the museum for a fun and relaxed session full of engaging storytelling, songs, and craft activities. Suitable for age 0-5 years.

  • When? Starting Wednesday 15th February 2023 and then every Wednesday, 10:30am - 11:45am
  • Where? Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
  • What is the cost? £1.50 per child. Includes drinks for parents / carers and children
  • Do I need to book? No, just drop in

Museum of Wigan Life lunchtime building and permanent exhibition tours

Fancy something exciting to do during your lunch break? Then look no further! Join us at the museum for our new bi-monthly building and permanent display tours.

Our curators will guide you through the museum’s permanent displays including Romans, Ancient Egyptians, early trades, and 600 years of protest across Wigan borough. Find out who built our amazing building, it’s past use and explore our fantastic local studies library and all the resources it has to offer.

  • When? Starting Wednesday 5th April 2023 and then Wednesday 7th July, 12 - 12:45pm
  • Where? Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
  • What is the cost? Free
  • Do I need to book? Yes, booking is essential
  • How do I book? Ring 01942 828128 or email wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk

Archives: Wigan and Leigh Exhibition in Leigh Town Hall

Visit the new exhibition in Leigh Town Hall exploring local history. Enjoy some hands on family friendly fun, be inspired by the collections on show and build a Lego masterpiece.

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