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Exhibitions Programme 2013

As well as permanent displays about the local area, coal mining, social history and toys & games from the past, the museum also hosts an exciting and ever-changing temporary exhibition programme throughout the year.


The programme of exhibitions provides the opportunity to view the work of both local and well-known international artists. Below are just some of the exhibitions we have on show this year.


Temporary Exhibition Programme 2014



10th March - 27th April 2014

Sue Prince – The World That Hands Built

Sue Prince exhibition

Award-winning artist Sue Prince uses her unique style to tell stories of people and their places. Inspired by Swedish folk art, her highly unusual works are pictorial stories about the rural and natural environment, created in egg tempera on linen and canvas. Sue has exhibited her work all over the world to great acclaim.


Whether rural or urban, she is fascinated by the way people are shaped by their work and how places are shaped by people. In this new exhibition, Sue uses the patterns of brickwork, wood, stone, tools, industrial sites, and even clothing worn by people in their work, to tell the story of those people and their places. These telling details show the reality of how we fit into the world.


3rd May - 22nd June 2014

Treasure! Discovering the Staffordshire Hoard

A family friendly, community exhibition developed by Staffordshire County Council as part of the Mercian Trail, which tells the fascinating story of the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard in Hammerwich in 2009 – the largest hoard of gold ever found, and it was right on our doorstep!

It features high quality replicas and reproductions, video, exciting interactives, costumes and an opportunity for visitors to add their own thoughts and opinions to the Staffordshire Hoard story.


28th June - 17th August 2014

Kate Taylor - Elements

‘Elements’ is an exhibition of photographs, manipulated images and machine stitched works by the Photographic Artist Kate Taylor. She uses digital photography to capture and reproduce images taking inspiration from what she sees in the world around her. She uses her skills of observation to isolate and portray elements found in both the natural world and the man made subject; constantly aiming to look beyond the surface. Kate also experiments with manipulative software to explore and enhance the light, colour and movement she finds. More recently she has started to use machine embroidery to enhance images with texture and pattern. The museum is pleased to welcome back Kate for her second exhibition here.


23rd August - 17th October 2014

Cannock Chase Open Art 2014 – ‘Inspired by the Galleries’

Calling all artists! Here is your opportunity to submit your art work for display in the museum exhibition gallery. This year’s theme is ‘Inspired by the Galleries’ and we are looking for works inspired by museums, galleries and heritage venues across the Midlands. Whether it is painting, drawing, needlework, crafts, ceramics or sculpture, we welcome all forms of art. This year there will be no geographical restrictions on entry, so why not have a go? It‘s open to all. All work chosen for display can be offered for sale. A partnership project with Community Wellbeing – Arts.


27th October - 19th December 2013

Children on the Move

The culmination of a two year project by Staffordshire County Council’s Archives and Heritage team, this exhibition documents the county's experience of evacuation during World War II and tells the story of evacuation through the participants’ own words.

The early months of the Second World War saw 3,000,000 people evacuated from vulnerable towns and cities to parts of the country considered to be safer. Many of these were children and a number came to the towns and rural villages of Staffordshire, from Kent and major cities.

Children on the Move reveals how this momentous event affected people personally and how it impacted upon Staffordshire's communities.

The accompanying website www.childrenonthemove.org.uk contains the stories of the people who took part, learning resources and provides an opportunity to add memories and stories. Heritage Lottery Funded.


For further information about any of the exhibitions

Telephone: 01543 877 666

Email: museumofcannockchase@wlct.org

The museum may change exhibition showings at any time. Please telephone before visiting to check.



A Day in the Life of the Museum

Our exhibition of photographs taken by local photographer Leanne Hulley, transfers to our Conference Room, offering another opportunity to see behind the scenes at the museum and find out what goes into creating the facility enjoyed by our visitors today.

Please note that the museum reserves the right to change exhibition showings at any time. Please telephone before visiting to check.


Conference Room Exhibitions

Please note that this room is available to hire, and therefore exhibitions may not always be on show. We strongly advise that you telephone before visiting to check if the room is open should you particularly wish to see one of the following exhibitions.


'Carry on Punch & Judy' Travelling Exhibition - available for hire!

'Carry On Punch & Judy' is an interactive travelling exhibition available to hire by museums, heritage centres and exhibition venues. It celebrates the history and tradition of Punch & Judy through interactive exhibits, interpretation panels, artefacts and audio visual displays. It is suitable for all ages and venues can also book Punch & Judy shows to accompany the exhibition.