of one man's enthusiasm, The Robert Opie Collection is the the
culmination of over 25 years' research and collecting by social
historian Robert Opie. His collection, the largest of it's type
in the world, now numbers over 500,000 items relating to the history
of our consumer society. It provides a fascinating insight into
the British way of life over the past 100 years.
Museum of Memories
at the Wigan Pier Experience
Experience a nostalgic journey back through the memories of your
childhood, all brought vividly to life again by the Robert Opie
Collection, on display at Opie's Museum of Memories at The Wigan
Pier Experience, a family attraction set in an eight and a half-acre
site beside the redeveloped Leeds and Liverpool Canal, offering
hours of great fun and entertainment.
The actual products, the brands, and advertising are all here for
you to see combined with room sets, interactive performances and
Remember the praxinoscope or the Baby Daisy? - discover just how
much the packaging of everyday products such as Colgate, OXO and
Golden Shred Marmalade have changed in the last ninety years,
and marvel at the phenomenon of cinema in the 1920s as Pathe news
clips are shown at the Picturehouse. Were you sent out as a little
boy in the 30s to recharge the radio batteries, or were you lucky
enough to see one of the country's first television sets? And
who were these new Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck
and Snow White? What was it like to be in an air raid shelter
during the 1940s Blitz? Squeeze up next to your neighbours and
find out what the aircraft and the siren sounded like, and find
out more about what rations you were allowed.
Fifty years ago saw the Festival of Britain - how did the celebrations
compare with the Millenium Dome? Portable radios, Muffin the Mule,
Dinky Toys and 15 days in Majorca for 44 guineas were the order
of the day. Select your 50s favourites in the Milk Bar as we Rock
Around the Clock. Nip across the street to the Sixties and debate
the heroes of the day - James Bond and The Beatles. Or did you
prefer futuristic robots - the dream toy of every little boy?
Love them or hate them, the pop stars of the 70s adorned the walls,
set fashions and broke hearts. Who were your favourites? Bay City
Rollers, Abba or the Osmonds? And who were CP30, R2D2 and Luke
Skywalker - the first time round? The Royal Weddings, Spectrum
computers, Adam and the Ants. The eighties were a time of major
change - Good-bye LP, hello CD and welcome PC.
The Museum of Memories not only tells us the incredible story
of our consumer society, but also revives our own memories placing
us in the context of history - of which we are all a part.
Other attractions at The Wigan Pier Experience
The Wigan Pier experience provides
you and your family with the opportunity to take a journey through
yesteryear. Step back in time at 'The Way We Were' Heritage
Centre, visit Trencherfield Mill and the Machinery Hall. See the
world's largest working mill steam engine. The Wigan Pier Experience
is interactive. Blow the steam whistle of the Trencherfield Mill
engine. You can try clothes on, chat with characters, play with
Victorian clothes, listen to the music of the 70s and learn to jive
One of the main attractions is the resident professional theatre
company, who offer a variety of different performances throughout
each day. These performances include original one act promenade
plays, all set around 1900 and each one telling a different story
through the lives of ordinary Wigan folk. In addition visit the
Victorian schoolroom and learn of the 3 Cs of Lancashire, or join
in the choruses at an old tune music hall.
You can also stroll along the canal towpaths that lead to the pretty Waterways Gardens - ideal for that family picnic. Hop aboard Emma or Netta, the water buses, and meander down the canal. For tasty food and traditional fayre visit the Cafe at the Pier.
As well as recounting events of the past, you can visit the Wigan
Pier Experience and enjoy a series of events and exhibitions throughout
the year. For an events programme telephone 01942 323 666.
Wigan Pier Experience is open all year round, except Christmas
Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
10.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Thursday
11.00am - 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
Wigan Pier Experience
Wigan WN3 4EF
Adult Day Pass: £6.95
Concessionary Day Pass
Family Day Pass £19.95
The Wigan Pier Experience covers a large complex with many entrance points. When arriving, please head for the entrance to Opie's Museum of Memories.
rates are available for coach parties and groups of 12 visitors
or more. Contact the Booking Office for further information.
Pier welcomes people with disabilities and their carers.
The Museum of Advertising and Packaging
of Advertising and Packaging in Gloucester closed at the end of
October 2001 and plans for a new location are currently being
considered. If you would like to get involved in our plans to
find a new site for this important national collection, please
call 01453 887744, or send an email to email@example.com.