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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 5th March, 2013)


The Old "Way We Were" Museum.

Photo: Dan Highton  (Canon EOS 500D)
Views: 7,528

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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