Chester History and Heritage

Chester History & Heritage Centre - St Michael's Church

Chester History & Heritage is a local & family history resource centre sited in the heart of Chester. We offer free internet access via the popular People's Network and operate a family history advice service provided by research group experts - again - free to all customers. Our main collection comprises photographs of Chester district - those on our imagebank can be accessioned online but we also have thousands of images of Chester from the past 50 years which can be used by local residents and visitors.

We have a rolling programme of exhibitions and events, produce a thrice yearly newsletter, hold microfiche and microfilm sources for Chester including newspapers, electoral rolls and parish registers, and offer various film showings of Chester's past.

Venue Type:

Archive, Heritage site, Sacred space

Opening hours

Monday-Friday 10 - 12 & 1-4.00pm
Closed 24 Dec - 3rd Jan inclusive

Admission charges

Free

Additional info

Access: Due to the historic nature of St Michael's church there is, unfortunately, no access for wheelchair users. However, if notified in advance it will be possible to make other arrangements to see material that we hold. If you cannot visit us in person, we will be pleased to carry out research on your behalf through the Postal Enquiry Service.

We have a variety of family and local history sources to help you in your search:

* General Register Office Index for England and Wales, 1837-1949 (The Civil Registration Index of Births, Deaths and * Marriages on microfiche) - £1 per hour charge
* Census for Chester District, 1841 1901 (on microfiche and microfilm)
* 1881 census for UK (on CD Rom)
* Also on CD Rom: Ormerod, 1851 census for Cheshire, Holy Trinity Church Chester Parish Registers, Betram Merrall Marriage Index and the National Burial Index
* Electoral Registers for Chester (on microfiche)
* International Genealogical Index for Cheshire and surrounding counties (on microfiche)
* Parish Registers for Chester City parishes (on microfilm)
* Local newspapers (cuttings, full papers on microfilm)
* Map collection
* Local Studies Library
* Chester Archaeological Society Library
* Chester Image Bank
* Chester Photographic Survey here - street by street documentation of Chester District from 1960s onwards

Let us help you find out more about Chester, or about your family's past click on one of the menu options, or email us with your own particular query.

Collection details

Archives, Social History, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
St Werburgh's

A War Torn Parish: The effects of the Great War upon the families of St Werburgh's Chester

  • 6 January — 31 March 2016 *on now

Discover how the parishioners responded to the trauma of the war years and how the parish rose like a phoenix from the ashes, to play its part in Chester's post-war revival

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free exhibition

Thats Life

That's Life: Working Days at Western Command

  • 5 April — 8 July 2016

We recently received a donation of a lovely collection of photographs that belonged to a lady who worked at Western Command. These wonderful images show the social element of working life, including bowling, weddings and Christmas celebrations, as well as internal and external views of the Western Command complex.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

Day Tripper

Day Tripper: The Story of George Taylor

  • 5 April — 8 July 2016

5 April – 8 July
Day Tripper: The Story of George Taylor

Coach operator George Taylor aimed to make Chester the hub of a nationwide service from his base on the Market Square, and many local people will fondly remember his excursions to Barmouth, Llangollen and Blackpool. This fabulous collection of photographs and information about his thriving business, including a car dealership and driving school, has been donated by his great-nephew, Michael Priestley.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
brass rubbing

Family Events for Children

  • 1 January — 31 December 2016 *on now

Chester History & Heritage provides activities for children during the school holidays. We have four brass rubbings (cost 10p per A3 sheet of paper). For older children we have a family fun trail round the city centre. We have colouring activities based on our current exhibitions

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

brass rubbing costs 10p per A3 sheet of paper

St Werburghs

St Werburgh's Revealed: Guided Tour

  • 10 February 2016 2-3pm

Meet at Chester History & Heritage 2pm
Free, but booking essential at Chester History & Heritage 01244 972210.
Join Gerry Tighe and Ann Marie Curtis for a stroll down to the beautiful church of St Werburgh, looking at associated sites of interest along the way before they unlock the doors to its fascinating interior.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

  • 24 February 2016 1:30-3:30pm
  • 30 March 2016 1:30-3:30pm

Wednesdays 24 February & 30 March 1.30-3.30pm
Donations Welcome. Booking essential at Chester History & Heritage 01244 972210.
In partnership with Film Chester, we present this epic 1930 film. Following an impassioned speech about the glory of serving in the Army and "saving the Fatherland", a group of boys, on the brink of becoming men, are moved to join the German army as the new 2nd Company. Their romantic delusions are quickly broken during their brief but rigorous training under the abusive Corporal Himmelstoss, who bluntly informs them, "You're going to be soldiers – and that's all."

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Suggested donation £3. Booking essential at Chester History & Heritage 01244 972210

Workhouse

From Workhouse to City Centre

  • 28 April 2016 6:30-7:30pm

Meet at Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road 6.30pm
£3, book at Chester History & Heritage 01244 972210.
Led by guide John Whittingham, this walk from Hoole starts at the paupers’ grave in the grounds of the old workhouse then along the canal into the city, finishing at the Lock Keeper pub.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3 book at Chester History & Heritage 01244 972210

Chester History and Heritage
St Michael's Church
Bridge Street Row
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 1NW
England

Website

Website

www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/visiting

E-mail

Elaine.Pierce-Jones@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Telephone

Main number for Chester History & Heritage

01244 972210

Heritage Officer

01244 922207

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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