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 Photo-a-Day      (Tuesday, 5th March, 2013) Views: 6,354 
Neglected
 Neglected   by Dan Highton  (Canon EOS 500D)
The Old "Way We Were" Museum.

Comment by Lizzie down under on 5th March 2013 at 00:05
Nice picture Dan.....but sad that it is neglected.....the sun shining on the bricks brings out their colour and of course the ripple reflection is really nice...cheers!!!


Comment by Hugh Wilson on 5th March 2013 at 00:06
A very good picture, but can anyone tell me why the museum was closed? I haven't been to Wigan for several years, but from what I understand, the museum and surrounding attractions were always very busy.


Comment by Alan (on Van Isle) on 5th March 2013 at 00:06
For some reason I love that building, I don't know why. How sad that the museum closed. I'm glad that I managed to see it on my last visit to Wigan.


Comment by David Barker on 5th March 2013 at 00:23
Another building in sad decline,worked in the shop when it was thriving doing maintenance work,all the Greenheart timber decking and railings will last a long time,but the rest won't if not rescued from decline,looks like all the gutters are leaking causing dampness on the walls.Good clear photo Dan


Comment by AP on 5th March 2013 at 00:42
Does anyone know what is to happen next to these buildings?


Comment by Scholes Malc on 5th March 2013 at 07:33
sad but...when funding and visitors dry up...


Comment by Helen on 5th March 2013 at 07:43
I know 'cuts' have got to be made in these times but I bet you anywhere else a building like this wouldn't be neglected & could be buzzing with visitors....people are interested these days in industrial history...I can't see why Wigan Council can't get their heads around that fact. Its a real shame.


Comment by peterp on 5th March 2013 at 07:57
Millions of pounds have been spent on these buildings only for it to be wasted and it will not be long before it is rotting again


Comment by maggie on 5th March 2013 at 09:31
it is sad to see it like this. When I visited it, it was very busy & it was a superb museum. Why did it close? One of the most memorable things for me was sitting in the small area dedicated to the Maypole accident & seeing a photo of my grandfather on the wall. The people were great also, whether actors or attendants.


Comment by Loz on 5th March 2013 at 10:03
Well unfortunately, visitor numbers dried up. Once everyone has seen it a few times they don't come again. And it isn't exactly a world heritage site. And then there's the funding... But Trencherfield is doing OK so I'm told, so it isn't all bad news.


Comment by Mick on 5th March 2013 at 10:48
Place was rubbish when it opened and now all the local schools have seen it so thats it.

If it had have been opened as a posh government regulated brothel it would still be trading.


Comment by Helen on 5th March 2013 at 13:13
Museums are not just for local people....couldn't have been much publicity...I don't know of any other museum that closed because the locals have been a few times.


Comment by LindaWarrior on 5th March 2013 at 15:18
Good clear photo, Dan! I like the reflection & ripples in the water. Looks like it was a good clear & sunny day.


Comment by AP on 5th March 2013 at 15:50
I visited 'The Way We Were', and the Opie collection sometime in the 'nought-ies'.

I got the impression at the time that they were in a state of terminal decline! Most visitors whilst I was there consisted of School Parties, and I recall feeling that I was an unwelcome outsider, intruding into an enterprise set up to entertain kids. A museum, which had come to regard itself as a theme park! Selling a superficial and in some cases fictitious account of the past, and quite hostile to any genuine inquiry.

Nevertheless, I am sad to see it had failed!


Comment by Jack Robey on 5th March 2013 at 19:38
Mick a posh government brothel ? Don't think there would be much call for broth in the summer surely it's only a winter thing.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 5th March 2013 at 21:40
I detect that someone is using Mick`s name to write such drivel.
Brian, please stop him.


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