Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse is full of displays and tales of the history and industry of West Cheshire. The stories are told through films, reconstructions, models and vivid displays of intriguing artefacts relating to local industries, market towns, transport, archaeology, and the building’s former history. We are pleased to announce that we’ve just opened two major new galleries for Summer 2014, kindly supported by Arts Council England.
The museum is housed within the old Northwich Union Workhouse building. A special exhibition in the former workhouse schoolroom explores life for the paupers, and around the rest of the museum you can find out about workhouse food, discover some of the people who lived in the workhouse and visit the recreated Master’s sitting room.
For more information on our collections, search the Cheshire West Museums’ Collections Database.
Weaver Hall Museum will be taking visitors back in time to the Victorian age on Sunday 31st August in a special event to celebrate the town’s 19th century heritage. The museum building on London Road was originally the Northwich Union Workhouse and there will be costumed characters relating the stories of life there, including paupers carrying out workhouse chores and a teacher leading lessons in the 3 ‘R’s in the workhouse schoolroom.
But it’s not all gloom and misery, there will also be a chance to discover Victorian leisure pursuits. Chris Hocking, a collector of vintage cycles, will be giving demonstrations of the boneshaker and penny-farthing. Musician Richard York will be adding some atmosphere with popular tunes of the era played on 19th century instruments, and there will be Victorian toys and games for children.
Visitors can also discover displays of the thriving industries of Victorian Northwich such as the salt mines, boatyards, foundries and emerging chemical works of Brunner Mond which are explored in the newly opened galleries at the museum. The event will run from 2-6pm.
You can find details of our events and exhibitions on other pages of this site, or download a pdf of the current leaflet. Weaver Hall Events Leaflet June to October 2014