Eyam Museum has been created by people from the village, and is run by local people. It is typical of Eyam which has a history of community action - villagers coming together to improve life in the village.
As a charity the Museum depends on the goodwill of its volunteer team to keep the museum open.
Most of our stewards are based in or have a family connection with Eyam. They have grown up with the plague story and share our view that the example it sets of self sacrifice for the benefit of others is one which deserves to be told to visitors to the village. Keeping the story alive by retelling it, honours the sacrifice of those villagers of 350 years ago.
The foundation of Eyam Museum was inspired by Clarence Daniel, a lifelong resident of Eyam who collected local fossils, minerals, archaeological material, and any documents and papers related to the village and its history. He ran a small private museum in his house, but was always thwarted in attempts to set up a public museum. His collection was passed to the Village Society on his death in 1987, and it was decided that this should form the basis of a museum.
A small group of enthusiasts formed Eyam Museum Ltd., and a larger group of volunteers catalogued the collection over a period of months. The hunt for a suitable location led eventually to the Methodist Church, whose congregation (which had shrunk over the previous few years) offered the use of the Chapel in Hawkhill Road. After a period of frantic activity Eyam Museum opened on 23rd April 1994 as a small museum. It has subsequently developed and prospered thanks to the extraordinary efforts of all those volunteers who have been involved in running and managing the Museum.