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 - Touchscreen Kiosk Tours

  • 9 September 2013 — 30 November 2014 *on now

You will be able to access many Cheshire Collections related to the Great War through the touchscreen kiosks throughout the year. They will be in the following locations:-
Chester Library - until the end of October 2014.
Port Sunlight Museum - until the end of October 2014.
Weaver Hall Museum & Workhouse, Northwich - until the end of October 2014.
Widnes Library - 14 February - 27 March 2014
Crewe Library - 24 February - 23 April 2014
Frodsham Library - 27 March - 4 July 2014
Winsford Library - 23 April - 25 July 2014
Nantwich Museum - 4 July - 26 September 2014
National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port - 25 July - 26 September 2014
Neston Library - 28 September - 28 November 2014
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery - 28 September - End of November 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age
HMS Chester

Cheshire's Great War Stories- For those in Peril - HMS Chester

  • 7 July — 19 December 2014 *on now

This photographic exhibition portrays the story of HMS Chester and the sailors who served on board.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
A group of soldiers and a nurse

Cheshire Great War Stories - From Bombs to Bandages - The Convalescent Hospital

  • 7 July — 19 December 2014 *on now

Wounded soldiers were transferred home from the war to convalescent hospitals. This photograph exhibition portrays groups of unknown soldiers recovering in a Chester Convalescent hospital.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Available to view during Chester History and Heritage opening hours; Monday - Friday 10am -12 Noon & 1pm - 4pm. Also available to view first Saturday of month in July & October & Heritage Open Days Saturday 13 September.

A serving soldierand his wife

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Dulce et Decorum Est - Your Stories and Images.

  • 7 July — 19 December 2014 *on now

This exhibition is based on the contributions brought into the CHH Commemorative Roadshow last October, CHH's own collections and other items that have been contributed by individuals who could not attend the roadshow.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Available to view during CHH opening hours. Monday - Friday 10am - 12 Noon & 1pm - 4pm. Additional openings First Saturday in month during August and October from 12 Noon - 4pm. Also available to view during our"Oh What a Lovely War!" event on 16 August from 11am - 5pm & Heritage Open Days Saturday 13 September 11am - 4pm.

Amelia Miles

Cheshire's Great War Stories The Nurse's Story - Amelia Miles

  • 7 July — 19 December 2014 *on now

Amelia Miles joined a unit travelling to France at the outbreak of World War I. She nursed in Claridges Hotel in Paris- which had been converted to a Military Hospital- throughout 1914 and treated the enormous number of casualties particularly during the retreat from Mons. Amelia was one of only a few nursing personnel who received a "Mons Star" medal for her work during this period. Later Amelia nursed in No. 222 Hospital in Mentone, looking after British, French, Italin and Salonican soldiers in the former Imperial Hotel.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

Free to view during Chester History & Heritage's Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 10am - 12 noon & 1pm - 4pm. Additional Summer opening on first Saturday of every month in August and October from 12 Noon - 4pm. Also available to view on Heritage Open Day Saturday 13 September 2014 11am - 4pm.

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
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.
bear & billet

Chester Ghosts

  • 31 October — 21 November 2014 *on now

A ghostly film looking at some of the most haunted sites in Chester - in keeping with the time of year. refreshments available

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free but booking essential at CHH on 01244 972210. This event occurs on Friday 31 October (Halloween) & Friday 21 November

Women and children in Cologne waiting to get milk which is allowed only for children under three years of age and for the sick. 17 March 1919.

Cheshire's Great War Stories - Community Collection Roadshows - Warrington Museum, Library & Art Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 11am-3pm

As part of the Great War Commemoration in Cheshire museums and libraries are holding Community Collection Roadshows. These events are for people to bring in their World War One photographs, documents and objects to be scanned, and photographed and recorded. Roadshow to be held at Warrington Museum and Library, WA1 1JB. Time 11.00am - 3.00pm

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children
Poppy

Cheshire's Great War Stories - WW1 Memorial Boards a talk by Michael Richardson.

  • 5 November 2014 7:30-9pm

Michael Richardson talks on World War One Memorial Boards. Taking place at Backford, Mollington and District Local History Society.

Please note: this event takes place at Backford & Mollington Village Hall. Starts at 7.30pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

Backford & Mollington Village Hall
Mollington
Cheshire

Getting there

Off the A41 at Mollington.

Admission

A charge of £3.00 for non-members of the society.

Fire Warden

Put that Light Out!

  • 7 November 2014 1:30-3:30pm

Join the inimitable Len Morgan who chooses from his vast slide collection to show what the war years were really like

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3 book at Chester History & Heritage on 01244 972210

Poppy

Cheshire's Great War Stories - A talk by Alan Robinson on the Somme 1916 for Backford & Mollington Local History Society

  • 3 December 2014 7:30-9pm

A talk by Alan Robinson on The Somme 1916 for Backford, Mollington & District Local History Society. Time 7.30pm.

Please note: this event takes place at Mollington Village Hall.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+

Where

Backford & Mollington Village Hall
Mollington
Cheshire

Getting there

off A41 at Mollington.

Admission

£3.00 admission for non-members.

tree

Christmas at St Michael's

  • 6 December 2014 11am-3pm

Join us for carols, mince pies and lots of nostalgia! Browse through thousands of photos and a seasonal display on myths & legends.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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

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