Wisbech & Fenland Museum

The original manuscript of Great Expectations is generally available to view the first Saturday of the month in the Museum's library. 

Self Reflection: The Portrait and Its Uses

Exhibition curator Aldo Ierubino said: ‘Self-Reflection/The Portrait and its uses is thought-provoking and draws on the museum’s extensive collection of artefacts to explore the range and contrasting uses of the portrait.


“Including, for the first time, a display of photographic portraits of the prisoners committed to Wisbech Gaol in the years between 1870-78.


“This social record of working class faces from Wisbech taken 140 years ago, act as a poignant reminder of changing values, which could at that time, commit a child of just ten years old, to twenty-one days of hard labour at the prison and five years in the reformatory, for stealing no more than a handkerchief.”


Also on show will the rare icon of King Charles the Martyr, the monumental official portrait of Napoleon I in His Coronation Robes, as well as coins, medals, plaques, sculpture, death masks, porcelain, and paintings.


Open from 10am-4pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and 10am-4pm on Sundays until 21 October

The Museum offers a year round programme of exhibitions, events and activities inspired by the collections.

We aim to cater for visitors of all ages and interests.

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