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West Kirby Museum

Opening Hours

10am – 1pm

Mission Statement
To preserve and display the collection of artefacts covering 1000 years of history of St Bridget's church and to promote knowledge and understanding of the museum, the church and local history.

Previous Events

West Kirby Remembers 1918 and Armistice

Saturday 10th November. FREE admission. FREE tea and coffee before 11am.

West Kirby Remembers West Kirby Remembers

Yesterday's West Kirby - Friday 21st September

Friday 21st September at St Bridget's Centre, St Bridget's Lane, West Kirby. Doors open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start. "Yesterday's West Kirby - a nostalgic film tour of 20th century West Kirby" by Angus Tilston. Admission £3.

Yesterday's West Kirby

Celebrating Heritage:

This year’s Wirral’s Heritage Open Days Programme once again features West Kirby.

On both Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th September (10 am - 4pm) visitors can see inside St Bridget’s Church, with its wonderful Kempe stained glass windows and the pre-Norman ‘hogback’ or visit the Museum (located in the Parish Centre), currently housing a special display on ‘140 years since the coming of the Railway’.

They can also join Guided Walks round Ashton Park (8th Sept) or West Kirby Old Village (16th Sept). Elsewhere in Wirral the Open Days programme offers the opportunity to see inside scores of heritage buildings or join guided walks round a wide range of historic landscapes. See:

Saturday 11th November - WW1 History Day

10am - 4pm


2 free WW1 graveyard tours
A database of all local men killed in WW1
Refreshments 10.30 WW1 War Poets
11.30 West Kirby’s WW1 tank
12.30 Gallant gunners of Cambrai
1.30 Local POWs on the W Front
2.30 Calday at War
3.30 Wirral in the Trenches


Friday 20th October

"Exploring the Flintshire Coast" – an illustrated talk by Lorna Jenner. Doors open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start.

Jan 14 2017 - New Display

New display about Caldy begins

Jan 27 2017 - Annual quiz

Annual quiz

Sat 12th Nov - World War 1 Exhibition

Including: 5 Free War Talks

(lasting approx 30 mins)

 10.30 The Battle of the Somme and Hoylake
Stephen Roberts

 11.30 Some interesting casualties of WW1
Victoria Doran

 12.30 Animals in WW1
Helen Carr

 1.30 Wirral in WW1
Elizabeth Davey

 2.30 West Kirby War Memorial
Heather Chapman

 Tickets available on the day.
First come, first serve


Ashton Park Talk

Fri 27th Jan - History Quiz

Our annual history quiz!


Saturday 3rd September 2016 - Heritage Open Day

Museum open 10am – 4pm for Heritage Day. Refreshments available

Wednesday 7th Sep 2016 - West Kirby Old Village Walk

With Heather Chapman. Meet at the lych gate of St Bridget's Church at 10.30am. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. See Wirral History and Heritage Association booklet.

Saturday 10th September- Earthfest

Museum open 10am – 4pm for Earthfest at St Bridget's Centre. Refreshments available.

Friday 7th October - TALK: 'History of Ashton Park'

An illustrated talk by Martin Harrison Tickets £3.

7 for 7.30pm at St Bridget's Centre, West Kirby.

Saturday 12th November - West Kirby Remembers

St Bridget's Centre 10am – 4pm.

An Open Day with free talks and numerous exhibitions about West Kirby in WW1, Animals at War, The Somme etc. The Wirral Home Front Society, The Cheshire Home Guard and the Red Cross will be in attendance. There will be access to a database about the local casualties of WW1 and displays.

Throughout the day there will be a series of free short talks about WW1 (numbers limited, book your free ticket on the day).

19th to 21st August 2016: Dinosaurs in West Kirby

An exclusive, prehistoric exhibition comes to St. Bridget's Centre this summer featuring the largest predators ever to stalk the Earth. The power and size of Tyrannosaurus, Spinosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus are revealed through visual displays, replicas and fossils. At West Kirby Museum you will see:

  • A full-scale T. rex skeletal sculpture
  • A life-sized Spinosaurs display
  • Real and replica teeth and bones

Plus many items for sale:

  • Genuine dinosaur teeth
  • Replica teeth and fossils
  • Books and more

Entry is £5 for adults, £2 for children & seniors.

Family ticket £12 (up to 5 people, max 2 adults)

Visit the website.

Fishing Talk

29 th April 2016: Fishing Families of Hoylake

An illustrated talk by Carol Hunter. 7pm for 7.30 at St. Bridget's Centre.



West Kirby Museum Research Group have been busy finding out all about the old district of West Kirby and Hoylake.

From 18th April to 30th April there will be an exhibition in West Kirby Library showcasing our many projects.

Some of the displays will include – West Kirby Shops in times gone by, West Kirby Remembers WW1, West Kirby men at the Somme, Early transport,  Victoria Road and surrounds, Hoylake Baths, The Dale Estate and Sandhey Estate. 

This is a free event and everybody is welcome.  If you have any memories or photographs to share please bring them along.  A member of our team will be attending the display between 10 and 12 daily. 

Heather Chapman will be giving an illustrated talk titled “West Kirby Shops in Times Gone By” at West Kirby Library on Thursday 21 April at 2.30 pm.  Book your free ticket (limited numbers) at West Kirby Library.

24 th November 2015: Award Winner

West Kirby MuseumWe are pleased to announce that West Kirby Museum is to be the recipient of the Merseyside Civic Society's Rita Cheesman Award for Heritage Interpretation, 2015.

This biennial Award is given in memory of Mrs Cheesman (1918-2011), who was a pioneer Merseyguide and later a Blue Badge Guide and thus practically involved for many years in interpreting Merseyside's Heritage to local residents and visitors alike. The award was made possible through generous donations made by Mrs Cheesman's family and friends.

Nov 6th 2015: Wirral in Peace and War - Nov 7: Exhibition



Saturday 28th November 2015

Museum open 10am – 4pm for St Bridget's School Fair

Sep 5th 2015 - Heritage Day - 10am to 4pm

• St Bridget's church open all day • Guided tour of St Bridget's church • Guided walk—Ashton Park • Old West Kirby displays—Spotlight on West Kirby Shops History • West Kirby Remembers WW1 displays • Database WW1 local casualties • Continuous film show • Museum open all day • Local History Books for sale • Refreshments

Sep 4th 2015 - Turnpikes to Motorways in Wirral

An illustrated talk by Gavin Hunter.

Mar 7 2015 - Wirral History and Heritage Fair

The Museum will be represented at Birkenhead Town Hall. Admission free. 10.00 - 4.00 pm.

Nov 7 2014 - illustrated talk: “1914 West Kirby”,

Heather Chapman will give an illustrated talk about “1914 West Kirby”, outlining the impact on West Kirby seaside town when war was declared. The military took over the West Kirby Public Hall in August 1914 and soldiers, instead of holidaymakers, became a familiar sight in the town. (This is part of the West Kirby Remembers project)

7 for 7.30 pm at St Bridget’s Centre.

Nov 8 2014 - ‘WK Remembers World War One’ Exhibition

St Bridget’s Centre 10-4. The exhibition is all about West Kirby during World War 1. This is an opportunity for local people to share their stories, photos and memorabilia about West Kirby service men and their families during the Great War.


Jul 4 2014 - Informal 1st Birthday Party / AGM

Friends of West Kirby Museum. Informal 1st Birthday Party /"Annual General Meeting" (no long speeches, no voting !), to hear reports on progress and events during the year (and, perhaps, hints of things to come). A celebratory social event, with nibbles and some liquid refreshments, plus live music.

Jul 12 2014 - open day – stones & stories

Museum open from 10-4. Hands on activities for all the family. Learn how to be an archaeologist and take part in the Time Team experience. Hands on activities for all the family.


Sep 5 2014 - The historic villages of Wirral’s Dee coastline

Popular local historian, Gavin Hunter,  will give an illustrated talk about “The historic villages of Wirral’s Dee coastline”. The talk covers the history of the ports and villages of Wirral’s Dee coastline from Chester to West Kirby following the decline and fall as the river silted up and changed it’s course.

7 for 7.30 pm start at St Bridget’s Centre

Sep 6 2014 - Heritage Day at St Bridget’s Centre 10-4.

THE BIG HISTORY BOOK SALE. Hundreds of local history books for sale at discounted prices.

VISIT OUR MUSEUM, Church open all day, morning guided tour of the church (booking essential Menai Dillon 07778391919), see the Hogback Stone, hands on activities for all the family, displays of old West Kirby, West Kirby Remembers World War One Exhibition.


1st October 2013 - Regular Opening Hours Confirmed

The first three months of the Museum have been more successful than we could have hoped, with over a thousand visitors across the different events and days we have been open. Our initial Friday slot was only available during the summer holidays and after the resumption of the school term the museum's committee was anxious to arrange new regular opening times.

We are extremely happy to announce that St Bridget's Centre Management Committee has approved our application to open the museum every Saturday from 10am to 1pm and this arrangement will begin on 23rd November 2013.

This regular day every week will be memorable for publicity purposes and bring a stability to the perception of the Museum's existence. We hope that people continue to spread the word about the Museum and tell friends and family that there is fascinating local history on their doorstep.

15th July 2013 - Successful Opening Weekend!

Following our Official Opening on Friday night, an incredible 862 visitors attended our weekend of celebrations.

We wish to express our thanks to everyone who supported us, especially: Dean Paton of Big Heritage for the Viking boat and coin striking, Gina Couch of National Museums Liverpool for the hand-axe polishing and for being a Viking along with Diane Goodier, and Nathan and Katherine for helping as demonstrators.

We couldn't have done it without members of the Research Group who manned exhibition tables for varying periods: Val Frost, Carol Boshell, Keith Hatton, Susan Bunni, Judy Hall, Christian Minett. We are grateful to Diane & Eryn Morris, Sarah Marshall, Suzanne Abberley and Gillian Ingram who helped with the Time Team Experience. Well done everyone!

West Kirby Museum Opening

19th June 2013 - Less Than One Month To Go!

We are pleased to announce that the Museum will have an opening weekend of celebrations on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July after which it will be open every Friday afternoon throughout the summer, plus one Saturday a month.

The opening will form part of the Festival of Archaeology which is a national event coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology to provide opportunities to investigate the field and meet experts.

6th Feb 2013 - Fundraiser, Funds, Friends & Followers

Monday 4th saw a fundraising talk by Heather Chapman on St Bridget's School in the Victorian Age. It was extremely well attended and boosted our membership by another 18 people to a total of nearly 100 "Friends". The event raised a grand total after expenses of £348.50.

On Twitter we now have 630 followers and 70 Likes on Facebook and we would like to thank everyone who has followed, re-tweeted, shared and most of all donated. Everything helps.

On Friday 8th we will be having our first Friends Meeting where there will be discussions on all aspects of the museum and research.

14th Jan 2013 - Progress Update

2013 will be an exciting year for the Charles Dawson Brown Museum, when the newly refurbished museum will open to the public on a regular basis.

The Museum is making good progress.  The stones are now all mounted in the original old museum.  The bier, sun dial and two display cabinets are in the second room and we are presently working on labels and wall display boards.  We have not yet decided  on the opening date and are hoping it will be close to Easter.

We now have 72 members in our Friends Group and we will be having a meeting of volunteers in the near future to discuss opening hours and the work of the research group.
Our next event is on Monday 4th February at St Bridget’s Centre. See information left.

Heather is researching the history of St Bridget’s School, which began in 1825.  Please will any former pupils with memories or photographs to share please contact Heather on 0151 625 7013 or Any photographs will be copied and returned immediately.

Many thanks for your continued support and very best wishes for 2013.

20th Dec 2012 - Exhibits Being Mounted

We have started mounting the exhibits in the museum with the help of a professional museum exhibition team. Some pieces have required conservation work before mounting, including the funeral bier and most of the stone items. There is a small team preparing the text for the information labels and this research is continuing.