We might still be closed, but we are still active!

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Our next live online talk will take place on Thursday 25 February 2021 at 7.30pm. This will be a joint event with the Dr Jenner's House Museum, the former home of Edward Jenner, the birthplace of modern vaccination. We will be discussing what museums of quarantines and vaccines can contribute to our understanding of today's pandemic.

Booking information will follow here soon, but if you would like to know more, contact

Our first live online talk was held on Thursday 28 January 2021. We were delighted to welcome researcher Steve Bond who presented 'The air of freedom', the story of the Eyam and Stoney Middleton Boot and Shoemakers' Strike of 1918-1920. The recording will be available here soon. 

Our museum shop is now fully open for business online. Click here to browse!

Want to hear what the museum curator said to the comic artist? If you missed our live In Conversation online event with HOME Manchester about the Our Plague Year project, you can catch it here.

Check out these super films about Eyam made by our friends at Bakewell Old House Museum. 


Previous updates:

24th November 2020

We are working in partnership with HOME, Manchester's centre for contemporary theatre, film, art and music. Our Plague Year, which began in the summer of 2020, is a satirical online comic commissioned by HOME, inspired by the story of the plague in Eyam and its resonances for today's pandemic.

2nd November 2020

Following the recent government announcement, the Museum will be closed until further notice.

12th October 2020:

We are delighted to announce that we are now open for visitors from Saturday October 17th.

Visitors will be able to book online and we would encourage them to do so to ensure that their preferred time of visit is available. 

Opening hours will vary depending on the availability of volunteers.

Go to the VISIT US for more information and to book your visit

30th September 2020:

Having been closed to the public for several months, we are planning to re-open on 17th October 2020. All tickets must be pre-booked and pre-paid online.  Admissions will be timed, every fifteen minutes. Bookings will be made via this website.

The museum is housed in a former Methodist chapel and contains many confined spaces, making it difficult to adhere to current social distancing advice.

To ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors we have introduced some changes in the way we operate.

The exhibition layout has been modified to enable a one-way flow.  

Fewer people will be in the museum at any one time.    .

Please see the new 'Shop' page on our website, where you can browse items that we sell that are now available on mail order.

We will update this website and our Facebook page as the situation changes.  There are so many similarities today with what the villagers of Eyam experienced during the plague in 1665-1666.  We hope you will continue to support us and will visit us when it is safe to do so.

If you have any questions, please e-mail



21 September 2020 - A BBC4 programme was broadcasted this week discussing how the Plague has been depicted in literature over the last 700 years. Here is the link.


27 July 2020 - The poet laureate Simon Armitage has written a poem during the Coronavirus pandemic about the plague coming to Eyam. Follow the link to an article in the Guardian.


20 July 2020 - Steve Bond recently gave an on-line illustrated talk about the Boot and Shoemakers strike. Please click on the link to see and listen to the talk.

For those of you interested in local history....

We have several oral history recordings available on this website which give fascinating insights into times gone by. You can find them on the Resources page. Here’s a taster - Cecilia (or Cecily as she’s referred to in the recording) is the wife of Clarence Daniel, whose collection provided the starting point for our Museum. Cecily talks about her marriage in the 1930s, the beginnings of the Museum itself, the WI, her talents as a soprano singer, well dressings, all sorts!

Let us know if you share any of these memories.

15th April 2020

 More publicity for the museum, this time on television in Canada; to watch, please cut and paste the following link into your browser:

In 1665, the village of Eyam in England was being wiped out by the great plague, here's how the population responded. Jill Macyshon reports.
In 1665, the village of Eyam in England was being wiped out by the great plague, here's how the population responded. Jill Macyshon reports.