The Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech - Fenland

One of the first museums in England to have been designed as such, in 1846-7, and an important feature in the townscape of Wisbech. Neoclassical style, with gault brickwork and slate roofs. The original display cases and bookcases are still in use, and traces of the internal decorative scheme survive. The roofs of the main museum building are in very poor condition, with leakage now causing serious damage to internal plasterwork and details. An Historic England Heritage at Risk Repair Grant for repairs to the roofs and other works was awarded in 2018.

The Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech - Fenland
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: THE MUSEUM
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1126669
  • Local Planning Authority: Fenland
  • Site Type: Civil > Public building


  • Building Name: The Museum
  • County: Cambridgeshire
  • District / Borough: Fenland
  • Parish: Wisbech
  • Parliamentary Constituency: North East Cambridgeshire
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Occupied/in use
  • Priority: B - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Ownership: Charity (heritage)
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, CA

Contact Details

Malcolm Starr 01223 582723

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England