Museum Of Wigan Life


molly-isherwood-wth-the-display-tributeWigan has a new £2m Museum of Wigan Life – and a small  part has been devoted to Isherwood.
The Wigan Culture and Leisure Trust has created the grand new facility in the History Shop where George Orwell studied in 1936 while researching his book The Road to Wigan Pier.
As our photograph shows, Molly Isherwood, the artist’s sister-in-law was one of the first people to visit the new facility.
A photograph of the artist together with one of his paintings are shown alongside other famous Wiganers, including Ian McKellen.
In another part of the museum is a photograph of Isherwood’s iconic painting of The Wigan Arms  (long demolished) in Scholes, not far from the family shop on Greenhough Street (also demolished).
Molly Isherwood said: “I am delighted that this small tribute has been paid to my brother-in-law who loved his home town.
“The local authority has several of Jim’s paintings and it would have been great if one could have been displayed. But I understand that space was so limited…there are so many aspects of Wigan life . Jim has been given as much space as the star Ian McKellen. So he’s in very good company.”
The Wigan Life Museum was officially opened by Billy Boston, the world-famous former rugby league player on  the 9th April 2010.