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“Very Small but Very Nice”
Review of West Kirby Museum

West Kirby Museum
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in West Kirby
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 13 September 2013

I was really impressed by the level of professionalism that had gone into this place. I was aware of the redevelopment of the museum as a local project run by volunteers and I think everyone was expecting something quite amateurish as a result. But the opposite is true. The display boards are laid out very clearly and provide a load of information as you first walk in. The back room is full of gravestones which are mounted and lit really well, with accompanying text explanation.

One thing I would say is that it's small. If the word "Museum" makes you picture something like the Liverpool Museum you'll be in for a shock! It is basically two small rooms. If you were to skim the text and only take a quick glance at the artefacts you could be in and out in ten minutes so don't plan a day just around the Museum!

But what these people have done deserves more respect than a quick ten minutes. Set aside an hour and have a proper read of all the information which has been painstakingly prepared. Study the artefacts properly and you'll get more enjoyment when you think about how they were chiselled out of the rock nearly a thousand years ago. I love local history and this place made a real connection for me.

There's an added bonus if the church is open. The Viking Hogback stone in there is really the prize of the collection and it's a shame it's not in the museum itself.

Overall, it's great. Combine it with a walk round the old town (which you'll have learnt about in the Museum) and it's a brilliant afternoon out.

2  Thank Steve P
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

My husband and I visited this small but perfectly formed museum recently and found it very interesting indeed! It was originally set up over 100 years ago, and has been open only sporadically, but has recently been refurbished and is now opening regularly, and is staffed by enthusiastic local volunteers. It's just a few minutes walk from the prom next to St Bridget's church - there's a huge amount of interesting local information, mostly based around the local church, and it has some fascinating Celtic & Norman stones. It takes a bit of time to digest it all, lots to read, so give yourself a good hour or so. I'm local to the area originally, but my other half is not, and we both enjoyed it, so I'd say whether you're just visiting or live local, definitely take the opportunity to go! Do check their opening times on the website, we went on a Saturday and I believe that's their usual opening day. Recommended!

2  Thank philevil82
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

Very historical and interesting and great for any ages it's child friendly with lots of fun activities and old games to play. There is lots of pictures and text to read!

1  Thank Haelwenhughes01
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Small but very interesting with sculptured stones, some of viking age and displays on the history of the church, the village and the old schools. Well worth a visit but check when it is open. Details on their website.

3  Thank Lizq4
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