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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Minted: Making Money and Meaning

  • 4 January — 30 June 2017 *on now

The Grosvenor Museum has an amazing Money collection containing coins, tokens, jettons & paper money. This small exhibition looks at how money was made, how it was used by those who created it, and what it meant to the people who owned it.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

FREE But suggested entry donation of £3 per person.

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Louise Rayner: Victorian Watercolours

  • 21 January — 17 April 2017 *on now

The much-loved watercolours of Louise Rayner (1832- 1924) present a uniquely charming vision of Victorian Chester. She delighted in the textures of crumbling plaster, weather-beaten timber, peeling posters and rough cobbles. Her views of Chester's picturesque streets are brought vividly to life with ordinary people going about their daily lives in the sunlit city. Louise Rayner came from a family of artists, and the exhibition includes watercolours by her father Samuel, and sister Margaret.

Admission

Museum entrance free suggested donation £3

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Pride in the Past

  • 1 — 28 February 2017 *on now

To mark 60 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Chester Pride is working with the Museum to put on an exhibition documenting the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) Story of Chester and Cheshire. The exhibition will be spread throughout the city and will bring together artefacts from the Grosvenor Museum's collection, plus objects donated from the LGBT community.For full listings of what you can see and where visit www.chesterpride.co.uk/pride-in-the-past.

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The Grosvenor Museum's 12th Open Art Exhibition

  • 9 March — 21 June 2017

Discover the wealth of local creative talent in this diverse and stimulating exhibition, selected from open competition. Enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours and styles, a wide range of techniques and materials, and a rich variety of subjects and moods. Entry forms are available for artists after 2 January from Samantha Belsham: telephone 01244 972197. Email Samantha.Belsham@cheshirewest.gov.uk.

Admission

Free admission but suggested donation of £3 per person.

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Alistair Tucker: The Sublime Landscape

  • 22 April — 16 July 2017

Alistair Tucker is currently Head of Art at the Queen's School in Chester, and lives on the Wirral. The Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins once said "The world is charged with the grandeur of God" Alistair's work looks to explore such excellence, grandeur and beauty which so often inspires a response.

Admission

Free entry but suggested donation of £3 per person.

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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Exploring Louise Rayner's Chester Guided Walk

  • 22 March 2017 2-3:30pm
  • 25 March 2017 2-3:30pm

Join a member of the Guild of Chester Tour Guides for a walk around the sites immortalised by Louise Rayner. Discover how the Victorian era changed the face of the city, including the wonderful black-and-white buildings of this period.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£7, £6 concession, pay the guide on the day but book in advance at Grosvenor Museum shop on 01244 972112.

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Stretton Watermill

  • 29 March 2017 2-3pm

Stretton Watermill re-opened forty years ago after a two-year restoration. To celebrate the anniversary, Kate Harland, Miller, will explore the history of milling, millers, machinery, maintenance, and the magic of this 14th -century watermill.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

FREE, suggested donation £3.

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Tiny Art

  • 4 April 2017 10:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm

Come and have a look at the Open Art exhibition, then create a mini masterpiece for out Tiny Art display in the Museum foyer

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

FREE Drop In, Suggested donation £1.50

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The Victorian Chemist's Shop

  • 5 April 2017 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Louise Rayner boarded with a chemist Robert Shearing in 1869. The 1860's saw terrible ill - health among Chester's poor; disease like smallpox, Cholera and tuberculosis were rife. People couldn't afford to see a doctor, so it was left to the pharmacist to offer cures and preparations. Join us in our chemist's shop to learn about Victorian medicines and the weird and wonderful instruments they used. Have a go at mixing your own remedies and potions and take home a herbal -scented medicine bag to ease your nerves!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

FREE drop in, Suggested donation £1.50

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1960's Fashion Fun

  • 6 April 2017 2-4pm

Make a pair of cardboard sunglasses, a handbag, or tie, inspired by the swinging sixties.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Free, suggested donation £1.50

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Slow Art Day

  • 8 April 2017 10:30am-4:45pm

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission - to help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. Enjoy a "slower" look at our specially chosen artworks. Facilities or discussion will be available.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

FREE, suggested donation £1.50.

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Map the World for Earth Day

  • 11 April 2017 2-4pm

Thousands of people from all over the world visit the Grosvenor Museum every year. Help us to make a big map out of recycled materials to celebrate Earth Day and our international visitors.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Free, suggested donation£1.50

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Chester Through the Eyes of a Tourist

  • 12 April 2017 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Chester's first tourist guidebook was published in 1781. Come and be a tour guide for a day. Design posters inspired by the pictures of Louise Rayner. Make a mini train and discover the essentials of Victorian railway travel with our stylish passenger Miss Kitty. Collect your journey booklet to follow our "Past and Present" trail around the museum.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Drop In Free, suggested donation £1.50

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Easter Bonnets & Baskets

  • 13 April 2017 2-4pm

Join us to design and create a crafty bonnet or hat to wear this Easter. We will also be making and decorating gift baskets, complete with chocolate eggs.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Drop in session. FREE, suggested donation £1.50

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Alistair Tucker Exhibition Tour

  • 12 May 2017 1-2pm

Join Cheshire -based artist Alistair Tucker for a guided tour of his exhibition The Sublime Landscape. Alistair will discuss some of the techniques and processes which he uses in his work and the inspiration that drives his creativity.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

FREE, Suggested donation £3.

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Open Art Exhibition Tour

  • 18 May 2017 2-3pm

Join Peter Boughton, Keeper of Art, as he gives a guided tour of the Grosvenor Museum's 12th Open Art Exhibition. Come and enjoy the extraordinary quality and variety of the region's art - and see if you agree withthe judges!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

FREE, suggested donation £3

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The Shock of the New: Modernism in Art

  • 25 May 2017 1:30-3pm

Adrian Sumner traces the evolution of Modernism in the Visual Arts, including the Impressionists, Fauves, Cubists, Futurists, Surrealists, and all the other tricky customers who have made the world of modern art we enjoy today.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£3 pay at door.

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Art Puzzle

  • 30 May 2017 2-4pm

Take a look at the Grosvenor Museum's paintings. Have a closer look at the detail in one of them and help us to recreate it piece by piece in the form of a giant puzzle.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop -in FREE, suggested donation £1.50.

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Light & Shade Craft Day

  • 31 May 2017 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

The artwork of Alistair Tucker is greatly inspired by the changing saeasons, weather and light in the British landscape. Discover how light and shade can change the way we see things.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop -In. FREE, suggested donation £1.50.

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Digital Take-over Day

  • 1 June 2017 2-4pm

Join our youth panel take over the Grosvenor Museum's social media for the day. Look out for the museum photo booth in Chester City Centre, where you can be photographed in your finery wearing clothes and accessories from the museum's handling collection. There will also be plenty of digital- based activities happening in the museum, including make your own tiny film to go on our social media channels.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop- in.

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Summer Discovery Day

  • 2 June 2017 2-4pm

Bumble bees and butterflies, dragonflies & grasshoppers. In the second of our seasonal-themed afternoons, we'll be looking at lots of bugs! Discover why insects are so important to habitats, & try your hand at some bug crafts. We'll also be decorating our oak tree model for summer.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop -In. FREE, suggested donation £1.50.

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A Soiree with Alistair Tucker RBSA

  • 6 June 2017 7-9pm

Etching is a fascinating process which has been around for some six hundred years, a technique mastered by artists such as Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso. Alistair Tucker will demonstrate how to make and print an etching in a soiree with drinks and nibbles at the Queen's School where he is Head of Art. No disabled access.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5, To book please send a cheque payable to "The Queen's School" with your name, address , email & telephone number to Mr. A. Tucker, The Queen's School, City Walls Road, CHESTER. CH1 2NN.

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.
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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

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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