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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. Below are just some of the exhibitions we have on show this year.


Exhibition Programme 2014-2015


27th October - 19th December 2014

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.


12th January – 27th February 2015

Graham Melville: Re-orientation

A collection of paintings depicting Japanese modernity and tradition. This exhibition presents an insight into the evolving contemporary city of Tokyo, the activity, intensity, tranquillity, colour, nature and the people existing within its infrastructure.

From his loft studio in Sutton Coldfield, Graham works in acrylics, depicting the myriad of colour and form encountered on his journeys. He immerses himself in the detail and highlights what could be overlooked in a photograph. Through this exhibition, he hopes to be able to share the magic and wonder of the city.


9th March – 26th April

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

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. Complementary to this, film-maker Johnny Magee, of Manchester School of Art is producing a film which will place the works of the exhibition in a wider context.  Funded through Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts scheme. 





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.


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.