Grosvenor Museum

Grosvenor Museum
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The Grosvenor Museum was founded in 1885 and its origins are linked to the Chester Society of Natural Science Literature & Art founded by Charles Kingsley in 1871, and to Chester Archaeological Society. The Museum holds an internationally important collection of Roman Stones, found in the City walls in the 19th century. There is also a fine collection of Chester silver, the Art Collection includes modern works. We also have a good natural history collection, including many examples of Victorian taxidermy, geological specimens plus butterflies, insects and birds. There is an interesting 17th century period house attached to the museum with many period roomsets starting in the 17th century.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1030-1700
Sun 1300-1600

Closed 24, 25 & 26 December, 1 January & Good Friday

Admission charges

Free. Suggested donation £3 per person.

Additional info

We run a wide range of activities for children particularly in school holidays. Please note for events involving children - Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times - and in general children should always be accompanied.

Primarily Roman, including an internationally important collection of Roman Stones, and archaeological finds from the surrounding area - the collections also covers Fine Art, Natural History, Local Silver, Period House Room displays & small costume gallery, Timeline gallery. Rolling programme of varying temporary exhibitions.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology, Religion, World Cultures, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Roman Inscribed and Sculpted Stones
  • Varied Art Collection - medieval to modern - all mediums
  • Extensive Chester Silver collection including Delamere Horn
  • Period Room displays from the 16th century onwards in the Period House
  • Louise Rayner watercolours - not always on display due to light exposure
  • Charles Kingsley - Natural history collections
  • Victorian & Edwardian costume
  • Agricola lead pig & other Roman artefacts - glass/jewellery/Samian Ware
  • Willoughby Gardiner coin collection & other coins, medals & tokens
  • Medieval shoes
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Unexpected Elegance: Female fashion from the 1970's

  • 8 July 2017 — 7 July 2019 *on now

The 1970's are often called the "decade that taste forgot", but the dresses in this small exhibition show that this was far from true. From minis to midis & maxis, in fabrics ranging from cotton & corduroy to polyester & fake leopard - skin, with designs by Ossie Clark, Givenchy & Zandra Rhodes we celebrate some of the more subtle pleasures of 1970's fashions,

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free but suggested donation £3

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Michael Sandle: Monumental Rage

  • 19 May — 7 October 2018 *on now

Professor Michael Sandle RA, who studied at Chester School of Art, is widely recognised as one of the finest sculptors in the world, and is also a brilliant draughtsman and printmaker. Appropriately for the year in which we commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, his powerful work explores the themes of violence, war, death and memorialisation. In direct response to the horrors of our age, his work presents a passionate critique of the abuse of power in global conflict, politics and culture, and the accompanying cynicicsm and hypocrisy.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Admission Free, suggested donation £3

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.

Grosvenor Museum 'Quiet' Afternoons

  • 1 June 2018 3-4:30pm

Aimed at those who enjoy a 'quieter' visit to the museum, including people living with autism and their families and carers. Wherever possible we dim the lights and turn the recorded sounds down. Our 'quiet' afternoons are themed, with hands - on activities to engage all ages and abilities. Pre - visit orientation pack available from Virginia Kettle on 01244 972120 or virginia.kettle@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission free, suggested donation £1.50.

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From this day forward: Memories of Weddings in Chester

  • 24 May 2018 12-4pm *on now

Come and enjoy looking at our archives, images and handling objects in the Grosvenor Park Pavilion, visit St. John's Church and listen to a talk about weddings through the ages; stroll through the park and enjoy the memories trail. Fully accessible for people using wheelchairs. Refreshments available. Further information available from Virginia Kettleon 01244 972120 or email virginia.kettle@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free, suggested donation £1.50. Drop - in.

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Steampunk Jewellery

  • 29 May 2018 2-4pm

Be inspired by Michael Sandle's metallic masterpieces and make a unique piece of steampunk style jewellery to take home.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free, suggested donation £1.50 drop - in session.

Historic Sports Day

  • 30 May 2018 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

From Tudor skittles to hopscotch to classic board games, come and join us in an action-packed sports and games day. Test your skills at some of these historic games.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free, suggested donation £1.50 drop - in session.

Giant Paper Flowers

  • 31 May 2018 2-4pm

It's very nearly summer so make a huge scented paper flower to celebrate!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free, suggested donation £1.50. Drop - in session.

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1970's Fashion

  • 1 June 2018 2-4pm

Choose your favourite outfit from our 1970's costume exhibition and then design your own paper version. Plus help us create a life sized fashion piece to be displayed in the museum!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free, suggested donation £1.50. Drop - In session.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Roman Tour in progress

Roman Tours

We now have armour which the children can wear whilst on the Roman Soldier guided tours. This gives scope for the imagination and allows the children to feel more involved in the experience.

How to obtain

To obtain further information and to book tours please ring Lorna Kernahan Moore on 01244 972120, Kate Harland on 01244 972066 or Fran Bray on 01244 972089

Romans

Teacher Packs

Teaching Packs

How to obtain

Ring 01244 972120 and ask for Lorna Kernahan Moore to make a school booking, or for the Education department call 01244 972066 to speak to Kate Harland, or Fran Bray on 01244 972089.

Grosvenor Museum
27 Grosvenor Street
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2DD
England

Website

www.grosvenormuseum.co.uk

E-mail

grosvenor.museum@cheshirewest.gov.uk

Telephone

General Switchboard

01244 972197

Central Office

01244 972109

Education/School Bookings

01244 72120

Fax

01244 347587

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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