Grosvenor Museum

Grosvenor Museum
27 Grosvenor Street
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2DD
England

Website

www.grosvenormuseum.co.uk

E-mail

ruth.marshall@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Telephone

General Switchboard

01244 972197

Central Office

01244 972109

Education/School Bookings

01244 72120

Fax

01244 347587

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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.

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.
Mother & Children

Motherhood

  • 6 July 2013 — 1 June 2015 *on now

A small exhibition exploring the role of motherhood between 1860 and 1960.Costume Gallery

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Walls

Cian Quayle: Points of Departure

  • 18 October 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

Dr Cian Quayle is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in BA Photography at the University of Chester. He uses journeys and travel as a means of recording the experience of urban space and landscape.This exhibition brings together paintings, photos, prints and object based works which span a period of 20 years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

houses

Picturesque Chester: The City in Art

  • 15 — 22 November 2014

Chester has inspired artists for more than four centuries - take a look at the museum's remarkable collection

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

rayner

Louise Rayner:Victorian watercolours

  • 24 January — 19 April 2015

Louise Rayner presents a uniquely charming vision of Chester in Victorian Times. Her father and sister were also artists and their watercolours are included in the exhibition

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.
PIVA

Measure for Measure: Music from Shakespeare's Time

  • 25 October 2014 7:30-9:30pm *on now

Join multi instrumental music group PIVA for a concert of traditional ballads and dance on a wide range of period instruments. £8 tickets includes a glass of wine.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Tickets £8 includes a glass of wine. To book ring 01244 972112.

Recorder

The Secret Life of a Recorder

  • 25 October 2014 2-3pm *on now

A musical history of the Recorder. £3 or £2 if carrying a ticket for the evening Renaissance Music group PIVA concert. Pay on the door.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
mask

Halloween Masks

  • 27 October 2014 2-4pm

Make a scary Halloween mask in preparation for the 31st. Visit again on Friday wearing it or fancy dress and you will receive a treat!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

free

haunted

Haunted Period House

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

Our Period house will be slowly transformed for Halloween one room at a time. may be unsuitable for very young children

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

free

leaves

Photo-Sensitive

  • 28 October 2014 2-4pm

Use light sensitive paper to make an abstract silhouette photograph of found urban objects

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

free

roman

Roman Helmets and Shields

  • 29 October 2014 2-4pm

Make your own to take home

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

free

graduation

From Teacher Training College to the Uni of Chester 1974-2014

  • 29 October 2014 1-2pm

Prof Graeme White considers why Chester College survived the 1970s

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on the door

warrior

Peg Warrors

  • 30 October 2014 2-4pm

Make your own Anglo Saxon Peg Warrior

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

free

haunted

Halloween Night at the Museum

  • 31 October 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for an evening in our haunted Period House where the ghosts of the past 400 years have returned for the night! Stories and a little food by candlelight!

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free but please email lucy.ashdown@cheshirewest.gov.uk to book your place. For 13-18 year olds.

haunted

Halloween Day in the Museum

  • 31 October 2014 11am-4:30pm

Join us for a day of spooky goings on in the museum. Tales of witches & ghosts then make a spider or skeleton to take home!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

free

war in art

A Corner of Some Foreign Field

  • 10 November 2014 7:30-9pm

Squadron Leader Mark Stanley gives a talk on the World Wars

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Grosvenor Museum Society members free - Non members £4, Students £2 with valid student card

opera

Contemporary China through Chinese Opera

  • 19 November 2014 1-2pm

Dr Haili Ma of the University of Chester was a member of the Shanghai Luwan Opera Company and explores how this centuries old Chinese culture continues to evolve

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free

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Cian Quayle: Artist Journeys

  • 26 November 2014 2-3pm

Dr Cian Quayle gives an illustrated talk on his current exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free

Scandimania

Scandimania: The Art of Scandinavia Study Day

  • 29 November 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

Adrian Sumner looks in depth at the wonderful world of Scandinavian art. £15 each to include lunch, tea, coffee & biscuits. To book contact Adrian Sumner on 01606 782516 or email AdrianSu3913842@aol.com

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15 each to include lunch, tea, coffee & biscuits. To book contact Adrian Sumner on 01606 782516 or email AdrianSu3913842@aol.com

winter watch

Winter Watch Snowbirds

  • 29 November 2014 2-4pm

Make a spectacular snow bird with a streaming tail and join in the fun of the Winter Watch parades

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

free

Chester

Picturesque Chester: Exhibition Tour

  • 3 December 2014 2-3pm

Join Peter Boughton Keeper of Art to discover how Chester's rich heritage has inspired artists

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free

victorian theatre

The History of British Theatre

  • 4 December 2014 7:30-9pm

Andrew Davies gives a lecture on this fascinating topic in memory of the late Dr Sidney Birchett

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Grosvenor Museum Society members free, Non members £4, Students £2 with valid student card

Saturnalia

Saturnalia

  • 18 December 2014 5:45-6:30pm

Chester is back under Roman control for the night as the Roman Legion lights up the streets with a torch parade. This traditional Roman event celebrates the feast of Saturn

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free - Lantern making in the Grosvenor Museum Newstead Gallery 5.45-6.30pm then parade starts from the Grosvenor Museum at 6.30pm

pic chester

Picturesque Chester: The City in Art

  • 7 January 2015 2-3pm

Peter Boughton Keeper of Art looks at the comprehensive collection of pictures of Chester in the Grosvenor Museum

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free

Resurgam

The Resurgam - A Submarine that foundered off Rhyl on 1880 & still rests there today

  • 12 January 2015 7:30-9pm

Chris Holden's lecture on this unusual and interesting subject

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Grosvenor Museum Society friends free, non members £4, students £2 with a valid student card

Chester Cathedral

Exploring Medieval Chester

  • 21 January 2015 1-2pm

Vanessa Greatorex goes on a pictorial tour of Chester's medieval sites

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on the door

King Charles

Chester's Role during the English Civil War 1642-46: Regional Capital or Red Herring ?

  • 28 January 2015 1-2pm

Professor Peter Gaunt explores the city's role in the Civil War

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on the door

walls

High & Broad Walls with many Towers & Bulwarks

  • 4 February 2015 1-2pm

Simon Ward, Archaeologist explores how politics, warfare, resources & fashion have moulded and developed Chester's walls

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on the door

Caldecott

Randolph Caldecott: A Great Victorian Illustrator

  • 17 February 2015 7:30-9pm

Peter Boughton takes an in depth look at this influential Victorian artist

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Grosvenor Museum Society members free, Non members £4, students with valid card £2

Liverpool Porcelain

Eighteenth Century Liverpool Porcelain

  • 19 March 2015 7:30-9pm

Maurice Hillis shares his knowledge of this fascinating topic

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Grosvenor Museum Society members free, Non members £4, students with valid card £2

Fanny & Charles

Charles Darwin's 'La Belle Fanny' the life & loves of Fanny Myddleton

  • 16 April 2015 7:30-9pm

Jill Burton Education officer at Chirk Castle, explores the more personal life of Charles Darwin and Fanny Owen who later married into the Myddleton family of Chirk Castle.

Many of the letters still remain, revealing the un-orthodox behaviour that enraptured the young Darwin. “Fanny Owen was Darwin’s first love and the sister of his school friend William Owen,” she said. “Darwin’s mother died when he was young and his life was sombre. But he fell in love with Fanny and the couple went riding together and would gorge themselves on strawberries in fields – behaviour that was most unusual for a young lady in Jane Austen times.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Grosvenor Museum Society members free, Non members £4, students £2 with valid card

horseshoes

Horseshoes & Nails, Sharp & Blunt Knives - High Court Ceremonial

  • 19 May 2015 7:30-9pm

The Revd. David Chesters OBE. sheds some light on this largely unknown and high;y specialised area

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Grosvenor Museum Society members free, Non members £4, students with valid card £2

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.
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.

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

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