Wisbech and Fenland Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Charles Dickens' original manuscript of Great Expectations
One of the museum's prize possessions is the original manuscript of 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. The manuscript was left to the museum in 1868. Because of its importance and fragility, the manuscript can only be viewed on the first Saturday of each month.
Another special exhibit traces the life of Thomas Clarkson, a pioneer in the fight to abolish slavery and a campaigner for human rights. The Egyptian collection is well worth a mention; the collection includes a mummified hand, mounted on a velvet cushion, and set inside a gilded frame.
There are displays of costumes and textiles, with items of dress as early as the 17th century. There is also a very large collection of ceramics, paintings, and decorative art from the Far East, as well as rare items of Staffordshire figures.
The museum is located a stone's throw from the medieval parish church of Wisbech.
About Wisbech and Fenland Museum
Address: Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, PE13 1ES
Attraction Type: Museum
Website: Wisbech and Fenland Museum
Phone: 01945 583 817
Fax: 01945 589 050
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Wisbech Church - 0 miles (Historic Church)
Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum - 0.2 miles (Museum)
Peckover House - 0.3 miles (Historic House)
Walsoken Church - 1.1 miles (Historic Church)
Leverington, St Leonard's Church - 1.6 miles (Historic Church)
West Walton, St Mary's Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
Parson Drove, St John's Church - 4.6 miles (Historic Church)
Guyhirn Chapel - 5.1 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Wisbech and Fenland Museum:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
The Priory Centre
78 Priory Road
Tel: 01553 763044
Fax: 01366 385 042