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.

Contact Information

Email: wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk

Telephone: 01942 828128

Website: Visit

Location

Library Street

WIgan

WN1 1NU

Pricing Information

Free Services: Mixed

How to get there

Additional Information

Staff DBS Checked? No

Type of Group: Service Provider

CQC Registered? No

Transport Available No

Personal support? No

Transport Information

Areas of Interest

History

Museum of Wigan Life

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