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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

Curator's Choice Talk - The Dalziel Brothers
Saturday 21st September 2019

Curator's Choice Talk - The Dalziel Brothers

The Dalziel Brothers, by Douglas Dowling.

Drop in for Douglas’s talk on these influential Victorian engravers and book illustrators who had Wisbech connections.

At 11 am and repeated at 2 pm 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 at Night Free Festival
Thursday 24th October 2019

Museums at Night Free Festival

A FREE family friendly evening event in partnership with the  Wisbech High Street Project.

Face painting, make your own potions, pop-up photobooth, glitter tattoos, spooky crafts, prizes for the best costume, storytelling by Cleopatra from ancient Egypt and a spooky trail around the Museum!

Thursday 24 October 2019

5 pm - 8 pm

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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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The Egyptians
23 July - 26 October

The Egyptians

Enjoy our treasured Victorian series of photographs of tombs, pyramids and Sphinx brought back to Wisbech by gentlemen from the Grand Tour.

We’re proud of our collection from ancient Egypt that will be on display including a mummified hand and sacred cat, fragments of painted coffin panels and burial jars used to store entrails whose stoppers bear the heads of ancient gods.

We will be having virtual reality experiences too and hands on family activities too! Check our website for details.

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The Victorians from Harp and a Monkey
Saturday 2 November 2019

The Victorians from Harp and a Monkey

Songs, stories and more from Harp and a Monkey. Check them out here


A heart warming performance of foot tapping tunes, great conversation and laughter. This award-winning modern folk music outfit rework songs of the Victorian era with Martin Purdy the band’s singer and an acclaimed historian and author sharing the stories behind the tunes.

7pm (doors open 6.30pm) - 8.30pm (includes interval).

Tickets £7 standard, £4/£5 concessions. Available from Wisbech Library or tickets available here. Refreshments available.

All ages.

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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.

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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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