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is a great day out for the whole family Located on the site of the former Valley Colliery, which later became a mining training centre, the museum is the gateway to the Hednesford Hills Nature Reserve and the ideal starting point for a visit to Cannock Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you are interested in local coal mining, want a hands-on experience of the history of toys or fancy reminiscing about Granny’s front room, we’ve got something for everyone. Image courtesy of David Peace

Across the year there are six temporary exhibitions to explore; Jade Mawson ‘The Art of Conservation’, John and Eleanor Cathcart ‘Painting for Pleasure’, Kate Findlay ‘Painting with Fabric’, ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’, Matt Sayers ‘Community’ and ‘Wild About Staffordshire – Celebrating 50 years of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’. There’s also an exciting events programme bursting with activities for young and old alike including our popular Family Days, murder mysteries, craft activities, author events, VE Day and lots more! Keep up-to-date with what is coming up by following the museum on Facebook.

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Experience the fascinating story of coal mining in Cannock Chase, discover how it shaped our area and meet the people who worked in the pits in our Coal Mining Gallery. Mining Memories is a fascinating interactive journey back in time to the Cannock Chase coalfield, which was the backbone of the community until the last pit closed in 1993. Find out what it was like to work down the pit. Enter the pit cage and listen as it shudders and shakes its way to the mine! Dress as a miner and find out about his day at work! Watch archive films from the old Valley Training Centre and use the interactive maps to find out where the collieries were.

Littleton Colliery - Courtesy of Keith Tranah

Meet Davy the Canary! He’s here to guide you around the Coal Mining gallery, and you can follow him on Twitter! @DavyTheCanary

Discover the history of Cannock Chase in the Local History Gallery. Interactive displays tell the story of our industrial beginnings, military and wartime history, notable local citizens, work, leisure and wildlife. Empire Cinema, Rugeley Road, Hednesford Courtesy of Reg Fullelove

Experience the history and beauty of Cannock Chase with a walk or cycle along the Cannock Chase Heritage Trail or download the Cannock Chase app on Google Play and take a walk on Hednesford Hills, and discover the history of this beautiful Nature Reserve. Look out for a series of guided walks with Chasefit over the year.

Why not combine a visit to the museum with a trip to the awardwinning Hednesford Park, just a few minutes walk away? Children’s adventure play area, trim trail, skate park, tennis court and ice cream parlour and café in the Pavilion.

It’s our 30th birthday! There will be lots to get involved in, including a special Birthday Summer Family Day in August and our Little Friends Birthday Party in May. We will also be launching ‘30 Things to Do at the Museum’ to keep the kids amused all year, as well as ‘30 Ways with Fabric’ workshops for adults.

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29th June – 18th August

‘Through the Eyes of a Child’ Explore how childhood has changed over time through this family friendly interactive exhibition from Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service, supported by Arts Council England. For most of us, childhood is more than just the age between birth and adulthood. It is seen as a time of innocence and safety, with time to explore and develop. Although remembered fondly, with nostalgia and laughter, it can also be a frightening time, affected by events far beyond a child’s control. From work and play to school and times of need, this exhibition explores the lives of children past and present and there are games to play, interactive activities and toys to explore, all through the eyes of a child.

24th August – 18th October

Matt Sayers ‘Community’ The museum welcomes back Matt Sayers for a new exhibition of his evocative paintings which offer an insight into our local community as it used to be. Community is important in any town and it will resonate with people everywhere. Every town has its story to tell, who its people are and the nature of its community spirit. In this exhibition, Matt aims to depict the local mining community of our recent past, capturing what they did to make them smile and help lift up others, especially through dark times, offering an insight into a time now gone.

28th October – 17th December

Wild About Staffordshire – Celebrating 50 years of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust The museum is delighted to be teaming up with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to present a very special Open Art exhibition celebrating the beauty of the wildlife and wild places of Staffordshire. Artists and photographers are invited to submit artworks for this exhibition which are inspired by the landscapes, flora and fauna of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust reserves. All types of visual art are welcomed, including painting, drawing, photography, textiles and 3D works. Contact the museum for submission dates and an entry form.

Fabricadabra ‘30 Ways with Fabric’ Crafty Workshops just for grown ups! To celebrate our 30th birthday, we are holding a series of crafty workshops at the museum. Why not learn a new technique or build on skills which you already have? Please contact the museum find out how to book your place. More workshops to be announced - follow us on Facebook museumofcannockchase or Twitter @DavytheCanary. Crochet or knitting are just some of the crafts you can do, and make new friends too. Thursdays at You Crafty Thing • 10.30-12.30 • £4 Yarnbombing Help to transform the museum garden with knitting and crochet for the first Chase BookFest. Meeting from May-September 2019. Evening and daytime. Final work on display from 21st September for one week. Concertina Textile Book Led by Suzette Smart. Saturday 6th July • 10am-4pm • £55 Colourful Creations Dyeing with natural fabrics. Thursday 25th July • 10am – 4pm • £50 Painted Bondaweb Saturday 27th July • 11am- 1pm • £10 Stitched Postcards Saturday 14th September • 10am -4pm • £15 Needled Felted Owl Winter Wonderland Workshop Sunday 17th November • 12.30-2.30pm • £12.50

Courtesy of Leanne Hulley

Groups And Organisations Museum staff can deliver talks and workshops to groups and organisations, either at the museum or at your own venue, including artefact handling. Research The museum has a research library containing books, photographs and documents about the history of the local area and provides a Collections Enquiry Service. The Collections Officer is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings by appointment. Learning At The Museum Our award-winning education programme includes interactive sessions with exciting hands-on activities, including object handling, demonstrations and role play. Topics include World War II, Coal Mining, Local Studies, Romans, Pre-history, Habitats, Toys and Christmas. Outreach and bespoke tours are also available. Room Hire The museum has a conference room and workshop available to hire for meetings, training and conferences. We offer competitive rates, along with plenty of free parking and a tranquil setting. Call For Artists! Are you an artist interested in exhibiting at the museum? Professional artists can apply to exhibit in our temporary exhibition gallery, whilst enthusiastic amateurs can hire the coffee shop walls to display their work. Find Out More For details of any of the services available at the museum, please call 01543 877666.

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Archaeology for All - Ancient Technologies Saturday 20 July • 12 noon – 4pm • Free Have a go at traditional crafts and learn the primitive skills needed for survival.

Explorers Every Wednesday in school holidays 24 July - 28 August 11am – 3pm • £2.50 Join the quest and explore somewhere different each Wednesday at our drop-in craft sessions.

Colourful Creations Thursday 25 July • 10am – 3pm • £50 per person Learn how to dye your own tote bag and fleece using a range of different plants from the natural landscape. Adults workshop.

30th Birthday Summer Family Day Sunday 4 August • 12 noon – 4pm • Free (small charges for some activities) Exciting craft activities, workshops, displays,games and shows for all the family to celebrate our 30th birthday!

Survival Skills for all the Family

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Monday 19 August • 10am – 4pm • £15 adult, £10 child Come along to an exciting day learning bushcraft skills. Event for all the family (Families only).

Museum in Mind 3-6 September Activities for adults to support mind, body and spirit. Charges apply.

Stitched Postcards Workshop Saturday 14 September • 10am – 4pm • £15 Experience an introduction to stitched postcards and fabric techniques.

Chase BookFest Saturday 21 September • 10.30am – 4pm • £3 Meet authors from the worlds of contemporary women’s fiction and thrillers, get books signed, visit our pop-up bookshop, listen to author readings and listen to author Q&As. Includes drop in booky crafts and yarnbomb display. £3 entry – some sessions chargeable. Bookable in advance.

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Murder Mystery Evening Friday 11 & Saturday 12 October • 7.30pm • £16 Meet the Haddams Family as they gather for Halloween, there will be feasting and drinking but there are evil deeds afoot! Join Bomez, Mortica and the rest of the family and help Sherlock Bones solve the crime. Includes light supper.

October Half Term – Spooks and Spells Fun Day Wednesday 30 October • 11am – 3.30pm • £4.50 Art and crafts, wand shop, haunted trail, fright box and quiz. Book onto an art slot of your choosing to make spooky crafts, all other activities can be done in any order. Booking required. Suitable age 5 –11, minimum age 3.

October Half Term – Hallowe’en Drop-in Thursday 31 October • 11am – 3pm • £2.50 Drop-in arts and crafts session with a Hallowe’en theme, no need to book – just turn up. Wristbands will be issued allowing at least 45 minutes of craft making. Suitable age 5-11, minimum age 3.

October Half Term – Star Wars Fun Day Friday 1 November • 11am – 3.30pm • £4.50 Celebrate the release of the latest Star Wars film with arts and crafts, Jedi school, space trail and mini figure hunt. Plus Lego Star Wars exhibition. Booking required. Suitable age 5-11, minimum age 3.

Winter Wonderland Sunday 17 November Family drop-in craft session to celebrate nature in the winter season. 12noon – 3pm • £2.50 Needle Felted Owls - Adult needle felting workshop 12.30 – 2.30pm • £12.50

Christmas Family Day Sunday 1 December • 12noon – 4pm • Free Christmas craft activities, workshops, displays and shows for the festive season!

Christmas Wishes Saturday 14 December • Timed slots throughout the day £15 An exciting day of festive activities for families. Follow the trail and discover the way to Mrs Christmas’s Cottage. On the way, find out how Christmas was celebrated in the past, make a yummy breakfast for the robin, play fun games and try toy making to find your inner elf! Before you leave, receive a special gift as you make your Christmas wish! Book your 2hr tour in advance!

Admission fees apply. Dementia friendly, BSL interpreted and audio descriptive tours, and autism friendly events Workshops for those living with dementia and their carers, British Sign language users, those with a visual impairment and people with autism. We can provide various adapted sessions, please contact the museum for more details.

Meet the Author Enjoy tea and cake whilst meeting different authors and finding out about their writing. Get your books signed or buy a new one to enjoy! Authors to be announced throughout the year, including writers from the worlds of contemporary women’s fiction and thrillers.

Crafty Workshops just for grown ups A variety of events for adults to let you get creative and crafty, meet new friends and create something fabulous! Pottery Painting, Stitched Postcards, Sewing, Cake and Craft and more! Plus don’t miss our Fabricadabra ‘30 Ways with Fabric’ workshops to celebrate our 30th birthday!

Greenwood Crafts Learn a new skill. Willow craft, basketry and carpentry courses. Adult education courses throughout the year. Limited to three workshops per person per academic year due to funding.

You Crafty Thing Thursdays • 10.30am – 12.30pm Weekly adult craft and social group - stick, knit and sew with fellow crafters.

Little Friends 3rd Friday of the month • 10.30am – 12 noon Themed activities and events for babies and toddlers - crafts, baby area, water, sand and sorting play, outdoor fun, rhyme time, music and storytelling.

Hidden Gems 4th Friday of the month • 11am – 12noon Come and discover the hidden gems of the museum collections at this conversation club.

Cookie Club 1st Wednesday of the month • 10am Friendly book club for all things reading.

The museum is just 15 minutes walk away from Hednesford bus and railway stations and has free parking. It is easily accessed from the M6 and M6 Toll. Follow the brown ‘purple stag’ signs from major routes into Cannock Chase.


Museum of Cannock Chase Valley Road, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 1TD.

@ 01543 877666 /museumofcannockchase @DavyTheCanary

The museum is open all year round, except for two weeks at Christmas and New Year (please call to check if you plan to visit at this time) • Easter to the end of Sept – Daily, 11am to 5pm • October to Good Friday – Monday to Friday only, 11am to 4pm. Last admissions 30 minutes before closing. Open Bank Holidays throughout the summer season. General admission is free of charge, but charges do apply to some services and activities. We are always happy to provide guidance for your visit – please contact our friendly staff for help and advice. Groups – please contact us to help you plan your visit.

• Coffee shop with a seating area selling hot & cold drinks, ice creams, cakes and snacks, plus space to eat outside. • Hot and cold lunches available at the Parlour at the Pavilion in Hednesford Park, a short walk away. • Gift shop offering a range of local publications, gifts, souvenirs and pocket money toys. • Baby changing facilities and high chairs. • Cannock Chase Tourist Information Point providing information on places to stay, visit and eat in the local area. • Bike racks

Facilities include ramps, lift, stairlift, Braille and large print guides, disabled toilet, induction loops and disabled parking. Access statement available from the museum or on the website.

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2019 is the 30th anniversary of the Museum of Cannock Chase and is a great place to explore. Whether you are interested in local coal mining...

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2019 is the 30th anniversary of the Museum of Cannock Chase and is a great place to explore. Whether you are interested in local coal mining...

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