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Spring - Summer 2023

Visit us this spring and summer for a variety of interesting and exciting exhibitions at the Museum of Cannock Chase!

1st May – 18th June 2023

Keeping the Lights On: A History of Rugeley Power Station

Have you ever wondered about Rugeley Power Station? What it was like to work there, what the cooling towers were for, or why it was located there?

‘Keeping the Lights On: A History of Rugeley Power Station’ marks the end of a twelve-month project researching the history of this local landmark. Using company archive material and stories from former employees, the exhibition explores all aspects of power station life, from its creation through to future development.

A family-friendly exhibition that is free to enjoy and includes items recently donated to the museum collections. Produced in collaboration between Staffordshire History Centre and the Museum of Cannock Chase, with thanks to Rugeley Power Station.

26th June – 20th August 2023

Maria Credali: ‘Once Upon A Time – Art & Story Entwined’

An exhibition with a difference for children and adults alike, of mixed media art work and textiles by professional artist and storyteller Maria Credali.

Expect to see the Big Bad Wolf as you have never seen him before, beautiful mermaids, sly foxes, deep dark woods, and sparkling night skies. You may even find a real mermaid’s purse, or see a selkie.

Scan the QR code next to the pictures and artefacts and hear a snippet of the story as told by professional storytellers. Have a go at telling your own story using the pictures as inspiration, or draw us a picture of your favourite fairy tale character and bring it along to go on the community board.

28th August – 14th October 2023

Rugeley and Armitage Camera Club Exhibition 2023

Rugeley & Armitage Camera Club was formed in 2009 and has a very friendly and active club membership. This exhibition showcases their photography skills to the local community and visitors to the Cannock Chase area.

The club caters for all photographers ranging from total beginners to serious enthusiasts and new members are always very welcome. They meet on Monday evenings at 7.30pm September to June at ‘The Davy Suite’ Lea Hall Social Club, Rugeley WS15 2LB. Find out more at

23rd October – 16th December 2023

David McGuire: ‘Age, Decay and a Change of State’

The museum is delighted to welcome local artist David McGuire with an exhibition of paintings, prints and poetry.

‘The subject of this exhibition is urban landscape, viewed through the lens of age and decay in buildings and places that have particular meaning to me, and to which I have attempted to chronicle the change of state in their materiality. In this narrative I have also dealt with isolation, combining painting with poetry, taking single elements of a structure, such as a window or a rainwater pipe, viewed in seclusion.

Viewers may find their minds attuned to past events as these once new components approach the end of their useful lives, allowing their reflections to permeate deeper into their own bank of memories’.

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