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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.


Please be aware the museum may change exhibition showings at any time. Please get in touch before visiting to check.


Resonance: Reflections on the Great War through artworks inspired by Staffordshire collections

9 March to 26 April 2015

Ceramicist and printmaker Stephen Dixon will be producing new ceramics inspired by objects, photographs and documents relating to the First World War from archive and museum collections in Staffordshire.


Meanwhile filmmaker Johnny Magee of Manchester School of Art is creating a film to place the works of the exhibition in a wider context.




The Romans in Staffordshire

2nd May – 21st June

The arrival of the Roman legions brought Staffordshire into contact with the Mediterranean world. Watling Street – the modern day A5 – was one of the first military roads to be built across the county. This exhibition is a fascinating look at Roman life through objects found in South Staffordshire, including the villa at Acton Trussell. How did the local people live? What did they wear? What did they eat? How do we know?  




Little Works of Art: 100 Years of Greeting Cards

27th June – 16th August

This charming exhibition explores the history of greeting cards and postcards and how the sending of cards became rooted in our culture.  Around 300 Christmas, New Year and Easter cards as well as birthday and valentine cards, dating from the 1850s to the 1950s, are featured, including examples by many of the most significant publishers throughout the century. Cards by Raphael Tuck & Sons, Marcus Ward, Thomas De La Rue, Robert Canton, Faulkner & Co and Ernest Nister are amongst those showcased.




Matt Sayers:  Remember This

22nd Aug – 16th October

In this exhibition local artist Matt Sayers takes us back in time, depicting Cannock Chase’s thriving mining industry, local surroundings and the people who built and shaped this strong community.


Inspired by the works of LS Lowry and modern day artist Bob Barker, as well as his love of old transport, terraced houses, smoky chimney tops and the different hard working characters who make up these streets.





A Day in the Life of the Museum

Permanent exhibit

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.


Need space for an exhibition?

Our conference room is available to hire. Please get in touch for more information including availability and pricing.


Get in touch

Call 01543 877 666

Email museumofcannockchase@wlct.org