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Wisbech & Fenland Museum

Bringing together a diverse range of culture from Fenland and beyond

Museum opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 4pm Admission is free Wisbech & Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambs, PE13 1ES

Explore the
home of culture
in Fenland

Welcome to the Wisbech & Fenland Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United Kingdom.

The collections were initiated by the town's Literary and Museum Societies which were formed in 1781 and 1835 respectively. Since the Museum opened in 1847, the collections have continued to grow, but the essence of the Museum remains virtually unchanged. So come and discover a treasure house of rare and unusual artefacts, illuminating history, both local and worldwide, recent and ancient.

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What's on

Egyptian - themed art activities
Thursday 25th July - Thursday 29th August 2019

Egyptian - themed art activities

£1 per child decorate/design your own burial jar, clay scarab or mummy mask. There’s also a Decipher the Hieroglyphics challenge and a Victorian explorers trail.

Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

£1.00 per child.

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'Colour & Paint in the Smaller 18th century Town House' and 'The Paint Detective' with Patrick Baty
Saturday 7th September 2019

'Colour & Paint in the Smaller 18th century Town House' and 'The Paint Detective' with Patrick Baty

Come along and colour and paint in the smaller 18th century town house and also ‘The Paint Detective’ with Patrick Baty, a historian of architectural paint and colour, who works as a consultant in the decoration of historic buildings.

Free.

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Curator's Choice Talk
Saturday 14th September 2019

Curator's Choice Talk

Drop in for the Curator’s Choice talk programme on the themes in the Museum’s collection at 11am and 2pm in the Museum Library.

Talk £1.00.

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Curator's Choice Talk
Saturday 21st September 2019

Curator's Choice Talk

Drop in for the Curator’s Choice talk programme on the themes in the Museum’s collection at 11am and 2pm in the Museum Library.

Talk £1.00.

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'Journey down the Nile' Community Art Installation
Saturday 22nd October - Saturday 26th October 2019

'Journey down the Nile' Community Art Installation

On display daily, our must-see Journey down the Nile community art installation created, like last autumn’s brilliant dinosaur, from recyclables and decorated in local schools; it features the river, complete with hippos and crocodiles, palm trees and pyramids.

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Half Term Craft Sessions
Thursday 24th October 2019

Half Term Craft Sessions

On Tuesday and Thursday visit us and have a go at making a collar necklace or a secret pyramid keepsake box.

£1.00 per child.

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Museums@Night Free Festival
Thursday 24th October 2019

Museums@Night Free Festival

Once again we are opening at night so you can experience the museum at it’s spookiest - don’t forget your torches and watch out if you don’t come face to face with a mummy!

Free.

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Chairman's Exhibition
Saturday 9th November - Saturday 30th November 2019

Chairman's Exhibition

A very special exhibition curated by Museum Chairman, Richard Barnwell from his personal collection of curiosities.

Free.

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Anti - slavery Campaigns
Tuesday 12th November - Saturday 30th November 2019

Anti - slavery Campaigns

A community co-curation project on modern day slavery and anti-slavery campaigns in the Museum library.

Free.

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The Museum at Christmas
Saturday 7th December - Sunday 8th December 2019

The Museum at Christmas

Again this year we’ll hold our popular Sunday opening when the town is thronged for Wisbech Christmas Fayre on December 8th.

Come into the Museum to experience the cosy delights of a Dickensian Victorian Christmas any time over the weekend.

Come and listen to our story teller reading from A Christmas Carol and the Christmas Chapter in the Pickwick Papers, Dickens’ first novel.

Join our lady of the house for traditional Victorian arts and craft activities and make a Christmas card and decoration to take home.

Free

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Egyptian - themed art activities
Thursday 25th July - Thursday 29th August 2019

Egyptian - themed art activities

Decorate and design your own burial jar, clay scarab or mummy mask. There’s also a Decipher the Hieroglyphics challenge and a Victorian explorers trail.

Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

£1.00 per child.

Find out more

Learning

children learning in a class room

Schools

The Wisbech & Fenland Museum offers a wide range of ways to learn about and engage with our collections through sessions which can be delivered either at the Museum or at your school (in the Wisbech area).

 

The Museum Library

The Library of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum is a reference library and compromises c. 12,000 volumes. Works of History, Biography, Medicine, Travel and Exploration are much more plentiful than those of Fiction or Drama and Theological and Political literature are almost excluded.

a child looking into a cabinet

Group visits

various images of the collections

Group visits are more than welcome to the Museum. Please let us know if you are a group over 15 so we are able to accommodate you on the date of your visit.

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Collections

Local and social history
Local and social history

These collections comprise agricultural implements, drainage tools, hunting and fishing equipment and...

Thomas Clarkson and the Transatlantic slave trade
Thomas Clarkson and the Transatlantic slave trade

Wisbech is the home town of slavery abolitionist Thomas Clarkson and the...

Fine and decorative arts
Fine and decorative arts

A substantial part of this collection was donated to the Museum by...

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The Wisbech & Fenland Museum is a charity and relies on your support.

By supporting the Wisbech & Fenland Museum through donations or volunteering, you are helping to fulfill our mission of making the Museum accessible to everyone.

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