West Kirby Museum
West Kirby Museum
4.5
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The small museum was founded in 1892 but for over a century had its contents locked away and inaccessible except by special appointment or on very rare open days. The St Bridget's Centre was renovated in 2012, and the overhaul of the museum was a key part of the plan, giving it regular opening hours for the first time in its history.The collection contains artefacts discovered on the site from Pre-Norman, Norman, Gothic and Post-Gothic periods. Most notable is the Hog-Back Stone which is testament to the Viking's Christian presence in this location one thousand years ago.
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Amy C
London, UK348 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Very interesting place in the wirral and it was safe covid-19 times and its history is unique and a good shop too in this
Written 20 September 2020
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bcundari
Toronto, Canada6,178 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This is a great little museum, that is well worth a visit if you are in the West Kirby area.
It is adjacent to the beautiful Church of St Bridget, which is also a lovely building to visit. The flowers were absolutely gorgeous when we were there, last week.
The museum is quite small, but well laid out, and a real treasure trove of historic local photographs, documents and artifacts .
It is run by friendly and well informed volunteers, who are available to answer any questions you may have.
Although I was born and raised in West Kirby, and have always had an interest in history in general, and local history in particular, there are new discoveries being made all the time, and I realized there is a great deal still to learn !
This was my grandson's (12) first visit to England, and he was fascinated by the things he learned about "Grandma's home town" !
We really enjoyed our time at this little hidden gem !
Written 5 July 2019
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Redalexis1961
Wirral, UK15 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
A small museum of local interest especially being able to see close up some artefacts that have been found in the locality which are hundreds of years old. There are records of local schools and the inhabitants of the local villages. Restricted opening times but worth a visit at least once if you are a local.
Written 18 June 2018
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ormsue15
Wirral, UK8 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
After looking around St. Bridgets Church next door (which is well worth a visit) I was pleasantly surprised by the Museum, although small they do have some interesting artifacts.
Written 14 December 2017
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Localresident105
West Kirby, UK48 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
This is a local museum, which has some fixed exhibits and from time to time mounts one on a special theme. Could do with more input from local families who could add to the knowledge, but doing well.
Written 18 January 2017
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scousemouse
Liverpool, UK8,160 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
Located adjacent to St Bridget's Church, the 1892 Charles Dawson museum was housed in the sandstone hearse-house next to the old school building. With the recent redevelopment of St Bridget's Centre the tiny museum has expanded into the new building and is now open, staffed by volunteers, on Saturdays 10am-1pm.
This little museum has a interesting collection of carved stones and artefacts, some over a thousand years old, unfortunately the hogback stone is only available to view if the church itself is open. Easily accessed from either old West Kirby Village by car or on foot from the footpath adjacent to the lych gate of the church, it is well worth spending an hour or so looking at the carved stones, old photographs and local information. The staff are welcoming and informative and I very much enjoyed my visit.
Written 18 September 2016
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LottieAlvis
Hoylake, UK23 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
A thoroughly enjoyable exhibition. The fact that this was designed and constructed by a local member of the community is commendable ... what an amazing achievement!
We didn't go with children which I lament somewhat as all the kids seemed to be having a wonderful time! There were a lot of quite scary roars from very small people!
The exhibition also drew me to the museum which, despite knowing it was there, I'd never been to. I found it fascinating... particularly the sunken forest at Leasowe! Who knew?!
Definitely well worth a visit.
Written 22 August 2016
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PeterAndRuth
Stockport, Cheshire, United Kingdom90 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
A really fantastic little exhibition that a lot of thought had been put into. The space was filled with interesting exhibits, attraction and information - the centrepiece of which was a replica of a full-size T-Rex skeleton. The place was buzzing and people were loving it - also, great value for money. I travelled over from Manchester and was not disappointed.
Written 22 August 2016
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Paula M
Wirral, UK4 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
For an exibition in such a small centre is not to bad but the cost to see a small amount of information regarding the dinosaurs is disgraceful & the prices wasn't even advertised on external leaflets until you got to the door £5 per adult, £2 per child & £12 for a family of 5
They could of at least asked for a small donation instead like every other museum or gallery.
Written 21 August 2016
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The ticket prices for the dinosaur event were on every piece of advertising we did. The entry fee was stated on all fliers which were distributed, on every poster, on the Facebook adverts, and in the local press. Prices were also written on both the A-boards on the approach to the venue. Every visitor was given a welcome sheet with a map and explanation about the event. This information clearly stated that a) the museum relies solely solely on volunteers - admission is free to the museum itself, and b) the dinosaur exhibition was privately funded - hence the admission fee. It is common practise amongst all museums that whilst they are free to see their permanent exhibits, any temporary installations have an admission price due to their cost to import and run. The dinosaur event was non-profit and also made a donation to St. Bridget's Church.
Written 30 August 2016
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sunchasingbrits
UK241 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
Visited this museum for the first time and was pleasantly surprised by the interesting exhibits. It is only small but a lot of love has gone into showing off the local history of West Kirby. It covers the fishing families, St Bridgets church and the ancient stones uncovered during the restoration of the church. And many other items of local interest.
Written 10 May 2016
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