Wigan Life Museum

Started by: RobinG (451)

While looking round Wigan yesterday, I came upon the Museum in Library Street, and had a very interesting time in there, the staff are excellent, and very approachable. While speaking with a young lady member of staff, she told me that I could learn about my family history as they had staff to give advice, so I then spent over an hour learning about my grand parents who had lived in the Bryn area, it was surprising what my memory could remember, I came away with copies of the 1911 census showing the members of my family. Rather interestingly, one of the staff actually knew members of my family. I think that I should have put this in the genealogy section.

Started: 20th May 2014 at 16:14

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

You're right Robin, it's well worth a visit. Unfortunately most Wiganers have never set foot in the place. And like the Pier before it, it will probably wither and die

Replied: 20th May 2014 at 21:26

Posted by: berylh (2116)

It would be so sad to see it go as I to have visited there and found it so interesting and the staff so lovely and very helpful, Nothing seemed to be too much trouble

Replied: 22nd May 2014 at 09:39

Posted by: PeterP (9056)

Seems a fact of life that a lot of Wiganer's never use the facilities around the townHow many visited the Way we where/Trencherfield Mill site when it was open or have never visited Haigh Hall and groundsit must be 10/15yrs ago since I went up there(except for a wedding reception).Like you say Robin once went into the old history shop before it changed its name and was revamped how many years ago was that?

Replied: 23rd May 2014 at 07:05

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

it's time you set an example peter. Get visiting

Replied: 27th May 2014 at 23:02

Posted by: tonker (24621) 

They talk rubbish in that history shop. Them as work there haven't a clue!

Replied: 28th May 2014 at 00:42

Posted by: PeterP (9056)

I-spy maybe you are right If we don't use it we will loss it

Replied: 28th May 2014 at 08:45

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

Tonker's inferiority complex is showing. Just cos Haydock's not got a museum - or much of a past apart from Mrs Lyon the undertaker.

Replied: 28th May 2014 at 18:46

Posted by: tonker (24621) 

Why bring Haydock into it? The fact that Haydock hasn't got a museum is irrelevant.
But, whilst you brought it up ........ has Wigan got a racecourse? has Wigan got as many hotels? has Wigan got as many business / industrial parks? is the transport-hub of the north-west in Wigan? has Wigan got as much coal-mining history?

Of course it hasn't! But, hey, you made the comparison!
And St.Helens has a museum which is far better than Wigan's attempt. The staff don't tell lies. They don't need to!

Replied: 28th May 2014 at 20:29

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

I'm not bothered. I'm from Billinge, the land of plenty

Replied: 28th May 2014 at 20:44

Posted by: ecmdj (8186) 

Replied: 28th May 2014 at 22:29

Posted by: berylh (2116)

Lets just take as we find, as previously said I found them very helpful and I have heard of many others who say the same thing

Replied: 29th May 2014 at 22:12


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