Wisbech & Fenland Museum

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Industry Museums or Libraries
Occupation Museum
Location Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Introduction Wisbech & Fenland Museum is one of the oldest museums in the United Kingdom. Not only containing local artefacts from the surrounding Fens, but objects from far flung Egypt and China. The Museum also houses two historic libraries and a substantial archive, holding diocesean and borough items. The collections were initiated by the town's Literary and Museum Societies which were formed in 1781 and 1835 respectively. Since the Museum opened in 1847, the collections have continued to grow, but the essence of the Museum remains virtually unchanged. From the current Art Exhibition and Ornithology collection, to the human rights campaigner Thomas Clarkson's travel case, and letters written by the world famous Siamese twins Chang and Eng, the extensive variety here ensures there is something to interest everyone. So come and discover a treasure house of rare and unusual artefacts, illuminating history, both local and and worldwide, recent and ancient.