In 1665 a tailor from Eyam ordered a box of materials relating to his trade from London, that he was to make into clothes for the villagers. He 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 Peak District.
We are now closed for the winter season.
We will open on 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th December between 10 am and 4 pm, last admission 3:30 pm.
- Adults £3 per person
- Children/Students and Seniors £2.50 per person
- Family £9.50 Two adults and two children
Group bookings of ten or more:
- Adults £2.50 per person
- Students and Seniors £2 per person
- Children £1.50 per child
We accept cash, cheque and card payments for admissions and shop purchases.
No minimum spend required.