Chester History and Heritage

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.
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

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.

Cheshire's Great War Stories - It'll All Be Over by Christmas exhibition held at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

  • 27 September 2014 — 24 January 2015 *on now

It'll All Be Over by Christmas Exhibition. Held at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.
27/09/2014 - 24/01/2015

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Museum Street
Cultural Quarter
Warrington
WA11JB

Admission

Admission Free

wedding day

Band of Gold

  • 4 January — 27 March 2015

With St Valentines in mind this foyer display looks at Chester weddings - all joyful days full of promise

Suitable for

  • Any age
CVO

Voluntary Action on the Home Front in Chester: History & Legacy

  • 6 January — 27 March 2015

This centenary exhibition shines a light on the significant contribution made by local charities to support families whose main breadwinner was away in the services

Suitable for

  • Any age
market

Oh You Pretty Things!

  • 6 January — 27 March 2015

This exhibition looks at the 1970s a decade including the Winter of discontent and the Queen's Jubilee in 1977, and the Space Hopper!

Suitable for

  • Any age
Blacon

Spotlight on Blacon

  • 30 March — 26 June 2015

Described in the Domesday Book as having four ploughs and a fishery Blacon is now a large scale township with a renowned community spirit. This foyer display looks at Blacon through the years

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free

cheshire pubs

Cheers! The Pubs, Inns and Taverns of Chester

  • 30 March — 26 June 2015

At one time there were said to be 365 hostelries in Chester - this number has significantly reduced now but this exhibition celebrates their heyday!

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.
Rebecca

Rebecca

  • 14 January 2015 1:30-4pm

The best picture in 1940 come and see this all time classic starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in the film of Daphne Du Maurier's celebrated novel

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential on 01244 972210

boatyard

From Barn Lane to Boatyard

  • 18 March 2015 1:30-3pm

Join expert tour guide Gerry Tighe as he explores this historic area of Chester looking at the origins of King Street (formally known as Barn Lane) Meet outside Chester Town Hall. Booking essential on 01244 972210

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5 booking essential at Chester History & heritage on 01244 972210. Difficult terrain - no disabled access many steps etc

button bouquet

Button Bouquet Workshop

  • 28 March 2015 2-3pm

As part of our Vintage Weddings Day join this workshop making bouquets out of buttons, the fashionable permanent alternative to flowers

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£10 book at Chester History and heritage on 01244 972210

babycham

Babychams and Bitter Beers

  • 17 April 2015 1:30-3:30pm
  • 19 June 2015 1:30-3:30pm

A slideshow with Len Morgan revisiting and reminiscing about the old pubs of Chester. Len will take us back in time to when the pub was a place to share good times and bad, with the snug, taproom and sawdust covered floors - and not a fruit machine in sight! Booking essential on 01244 972210 PLEASE NOTE THIS TALK TAKES PLACE ON TWO OCCASIONS

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3 book through Chester History & Heritage on 01244 972210

guided walk

From Workhouse to City Centre

  • 23 April 2015 6:30-8pm

A guided walk with John Whittingham looking at the old workhouse chapel in Hoole Lane then along the canal to the Water Tower and Leadworks. £3 book on 01244 972210. Meet at Hoole Community Centre on Westminster road

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3 booking essential at Chester History & Heritage on 01244 972210

tram

Chester Life in the Months leading up to August 1914

  • 6 May 2015 1:30-3pm

A guided walk by Gerry Tighe, showing what life was like for people in Chester in early 1914 - where they shopped and worked what they did at school and how they entertained themselves. £5 booking essential at Chester History & Heritage 01244 972210

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

£5 booking essential at Chester History & Heritage on 01244 972210. Meet at History & Heritage

grave

Till Death Do Us Part

  • 15 May 2015 1:30-3:30pm

Join the inimitable Len Morgan as he guides us round this beautiful & evocative cemetery with its remarkable Victorian monuments including that of Architect John Douglas, Mary Jonas the mother of 33 children and the sad grave of the little Chewing Gum girl. £3 each - Booking essential on 01244 972210 - the walk meets at the Overleigh Road entrance) opposite the stonemasons.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£3 book on 01244 972210

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