The Museum of Wigan Life is situated in Wigan’s first public library, which opened in 1878. George Orwell’s ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ was researched in the Reference Library which is now Family History and Local Studies.
If your family are from Wigan then you can even research into your own family history as well as the local area with their friendly staff on hand to help and advise with this. The museum especially welcomes families and has trails for children age 7-11 with their special exhibition’s featuring children’s activities.
You can also pop into the museum’s shop and find a wide range of local gifts, maps and books. Gifts include tins of Uncle Joe’s mint balls, miners lamps to the popular ‘I Love Wigan Pie’ range. Their gifts available in the shop are chosen with local history and educational value in mind which hopes to inspire your passion for local history. All profits go towards the care of the Museum of Wigan Life’s collections.
Museum of Wigan Life exhibitions and events are free unless otherwise stated.
To get to Museum of Wigan Life, you can catch the 9 from Leigh.
Museum of Wigan Life Website
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