Eyam Museum Derbyshire
Eyam Museum Hawkhill Road, Eyam, Hope Valley, S32 5QP
MONTHS OPENMarch, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
What we offer
Each year thousands of school pupils and their teachers visit the Museum. The terrible story of the loss of life and the decision villagers took to quarantine themselves provides a moving and powerful example of self-sacrifice.
The plague story coupled with the history of the village provides a fascinating breadth of material that can be used in discovering various aspects of the curriculum. Visiting the museum and exploring the village is an interesting and exciting adventure.
Find out about bubonic plague in the Peak District village where it killed over a third of the population in 1665-1666. Learn about the black rats, the fleas that carried the disease, the stories of the families it affected and how the village recovered afterwards.
Visit us and learn more about the history of our beautiful village and the story of the plague 1665-1666.
What makes us a great choice?
Eyam is a historic village. The Museum tells the story of the plague. This story is shown by video in a room that seats up to 30. Following on from this the children can visit the exhibitions in the museum. Then the children can walk in the village and see the cottages and houses where the victims and survivors lived and visit the church and churchyard.
The weather vane at Eyam museum is a black rat that reflects the main theme of the display - the famous outbreak of Bubonic Plague in Eyam in 1665-1666 when the villagers quarantined themselves to prevent the spread of disease to other towns and villages. The plague killed over a third of the population - 260 people died in the village but their sacrifice may well have saved many thousands of lives in the north of England.
In the entrance hall, a large mural illustrates in detail the London Plague. An account of the world-wide spread of plague follows, leading up to its arrival in Eyam in l 665 in an infected bundle of cloth.
This tragic story, including accounts of individual families is illustrated with dramatic paintings, graphics and models. The awful symptoms are described along with remedies for the plague which seem bizarre to us today and the latest research into the nature of the disease is presented.
Harrowing stories of individual families have been carefully researched and are graphically told. You will see the Rectors Mompesson and Stanley discussing the quarantining of the village and the dreadful last days of plague victim John Daniel.
Detailed statistics, more anecdotes of this time and recent plague outbreaks are clearly presented before we show how the village recovered.
Silk, cotton, agriculture, shoes, lead and fluorspar mining and quarrying played their part in Eyam's subsequent history. The display ends with a display of local minerals and fossils including a dramatic diorama of an old lead mine.
Until November 2018 we have a World War One exhibition, based on the experiences of local servicemen and their families. The display is funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery and has won two Derbyshire Heritage Awards.
Group Sizes Catered For
Up to 30 at a time.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
There are Teachers Packs they are sent in advance of the visit. (copy from website)
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Yes, no restrictions.
£1.25 per child. No charge for teachers.
Eyam Museum is opposite a public car park with toilets. There is a Youth Hostel just outside the village . At the Mechanics Institute - it is £20.00 admission for the group to eat their packed lunches and use the facilities. In the summer months the children can eat their lunches outside.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Ground floor is accessible for wheelchair users. Contact us with any specific requirements.
Opening Hours & Information
10am - 16:30 with last admission 16:00.
28th March 2017 to 5th November 2017 - (closed on Mondays except Bank Holidays)
We have just visited this museum and it was fabulous! We can understand how they won a certificate for best museum with limited resources. The information which has been put together is extremely informative and interesting to the point of whetting your appetite to know even more about what happened to the villagers who suffered the dreaded plague. The introduction video sets the seeds and the rest of the displays takes you through before, during and after the plague and how it was dealt with by the brave people who lived in the village at the time. Somenof the remedies used were astounding and intriguing to say the least! WELL worth a visit for young and old alike. Visited October 2016