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, Library

Opening hours

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

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.
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All The World's A Stage

  • 9 January — 30 June 2017 *on now

With the exciting advent of Storyhouse providing Chester with a brilliant cultural resource, we are taking a look back at the performances of the past - from amateur dramatics to the Royalty Theatre, from the Silver screen to the Mystery Plays and pageants.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

FREE

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Grosvenor Park & the Bicentenary of Edward Kemp

  • 3 July — 15 December 2017

This mini photographic exhibition on Grosvenor Park celebrates the Bicentenary of Edward Kemp (1817 - 1891), one of the leading designers of parks & gardens in mid -Victorian England. The exhibition features several photographs from the collection of the late local photographer James Warren, which were donated to us last year.

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There are Places I Remember...

  • 3 July — 15 December 2017

Step back in time with our latest exhibition as local photographer Doug Stewart showcases his modern images of Northgate Street alongside our collection of the same buildings in the 1960's. This "Now & Then" journey along one of our more diverse streets takes in not only iconic buildings such as the Market, Town Hall & Odeon but also all the shops- newsagents, outfitters, cafes, chemists & grocers- which many of us remember so well. Better now or better then?

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.
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Chester Mystery Plays Talk with Nicholas Fry

  • 28 June 2017 2-3pm

Presenting a personal perspective on the Chester Mystery Plays, Nicholas Fry will explore their medieval history & their modern revival since 1951. Nicholas Fry is a member of the board of directors of the Mystery Plays Company, and has performed many key roles in past productions, including that of God in 2013.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£2 to pay on door

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The Silver Screen

  • 29 June 2017 2-3:30pm

Join local expert David Ellis for an afternoon of nostalgia with his evocative slideshow on Chester's lost cinemas and the much loved Royalty Theatre. Bring your own popcorn!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£3 pay on door but please telephone to book at Chester History & Heritage 01244 972210.

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Unlocking the Past:Turn the Key, step back in time & discover your family history

  • 22 July 2017 11am-4pm

Meet experts from Cheshire Archives & Local Studies, Chester History & Heritage & the Cheshire Family History Society to find out more about your family & local history. Bring in your old photographs and treasured family items (Sorry no valuations!) which may help unlock the stories of your ancestors' past. Whether you are just starting out on this fascinating journey or have hit brick wall in your own research, we will be on hand throughout the day to answer your questions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, Drop -In

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Up the Junction

  • 1 August 2017 7-8:30pm

On 1 August 1847 the foundation stone for our impressive railway station was laid. It was designed by Francis Thompson & built by the great Cheshire - born railway engineer Thomas Brassey. Now, 170 years later, join railway historian John Whittingham for this guided walk & talk about Chester Station

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Booking essential at Chester History & Heritage on 01244 972210 due to restricted numbers but pay guide £3 on night.

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A Walk Around Grosvenor Park

  • 6 September 2017 1:30-3pm

To complement our exhibition about Grosvenor Park & the Bicentenary of its designer Edward Kemp, join one of our Guild of Chester Tour Guides on a guided walk around Grosvenor Park

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5. Booking essential at Chester History & Heritage on 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

chh@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Telephone

Main number for Chester History & Heritage

01244 972210

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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