Death, Sacrifice & Rebirth
In 1665 a tailor from Eyam ordered a bale of cloth from London to make up into clothes for the villagers, unwittingly triggering a chain of events that led to 260 Eyam villagers dying from bubonic plague – more than double the mortality rate suffered by the citizens of London in the Great Plague.
Between the first death and the last, the villagers set an extraordinary and enduring example of self-sacrifice by sealing off the village from the surrounding areas to prevent the disease spreading.
The Museum tells their story.
Less than a century later, Ralph Wain, working in a factory in the village, invented a revolutionary new way of reproducing designs in silk. Together with the miners, spinners, weavers, other skilled craftsmen and women, poets, and writers – he contributed to the rebirth of the village after the plague. The museum tells this story too.
As the village continues to change, and remains a vital and beautiful place, so too the Museum tells the changing story of Eyam and its people. In so doing it sets the scene for a visit to the village, where you can still see where it all started.
The museum is a great place to begin your visit to the village.
The plague story and village history make for a fascinating school visit.
Eyam is the perfect setting for a day out in the Peaks.
25th March - 2nd November 2014
Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays
10.00 am to 4.30 pm
(Last admissions at 4.00pm)
Closed on Mondays except Bank Holidays
Christmas opening dates 2014 to be announced
|Child / Concession||£2.00|
Currently all payments are to be made in cash, cards are not accepted.
Via Heritage Lottery Funding a major display commemorating the outbreak of WWI and its effect on the village will open in 2014.
We are a charity and staffed by volunteers. The Museum has obtained Lottery funding for special projects & developments.
The quality of our experience has been acknowledged by the Arts Council through its Accreditation Scheme.
Of 122 ratings, 68 were excellent and 46 were very good - as of 18th October 2013