Museum of Wigan Life
Following a £1.9 million Heritage Lottery Fund refurbishment, the award-winning Museum of Wigan Life (formerly The History Shop) opened to the public, offering a fantastic opportunity for learning and discovery. The Museum of Wigan Life is housed in Wigan’s first public library and first public building with electric lighting. Alfred Waterhouse designed the building, which opened in 1878 and also designed the Natural History Museum in London and Manchester town hall. In 1936 George Orwell researched his book 'The Road to Wigan Pier' in the Reference Library (now Family History and Local Studies) upstairs. You can delve into your own family history and local area in our dedicated department upstairs at the museum. Our friendly staff are always on hand to help and advise.
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◾The museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users with an accessible toilet, lift and lowered counter section on reception. ◾There is accessible parking at the top of Library Street. ◾Guide and assistance dogs are welcome at the museum. ◾A hearing loop system is available in the main galleries and around the reception in Local and Family History on the first floor. Please contact us in advance for the portable hearing loop. ◾There is magnifying software on some computers in our Family History and Local Studies department. ◾Magnifiers, large print and braille information may be available on request, please ask at reception.