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.

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.
mini

Minis & More: Female Fashion from the Swinging 60s

  • 11 July 2015 — 1 May 2017 *on now

This small exhibition shows day & evening dresses from Christian Dior, Susan Small and Nola Gowns of Chester

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free - up two flights of stairs in the Costume Gallery - no lift

Facade

Inspired by Gothic: Ruins, Romance Revival

  • 5 March — 26 June 2016 *on now

The medieval past has often been seen in romantic terms – idealised as an age of faith and chivalry, its evocative remains stirring the emotions and appealing to tradition. It has been a rich source of inspiration for the arts in Cheshire. The Norman earls of Chester have long symbolised the city’s pride in her antiquity, and artists through the ages have delighted in depicting medieval buildings. Cheshire has a wealth of Gothic Revival architecture, seen supremely at Eaton Hall and in the restorations of Chester Cathedral. Other aspects of Chester’s medieval heritage, such as the Mystery Plays, remain a vibrant part of the city’s cultural life.
Supported by the Megan Gwynne-Jones Charitable Trust and the Chester Archaeological Society

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free exhibition

Blue Remembered Hills

Anne Lever: The Poetic Landscape

  • 23 April — 17 July 2016 *on now

Anne Lever lives and paints in rural Cheshire, which inspires her love and knowledge of the British landscape and its history. Her work is ordered by geometry and infused with feeling for the spirit of place. Her painting engages mind and heart but speaks also to the soul. Working in the imaginative Neo-Romantic tradition she is a frequent collaborator with the poet Michael Fox, whose responses to her painting form part of this exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Exhibition Gallery 2 upstairs - no disabled access - free exhibition

Coastal Scene

Paintings by Gainsborough & Claude

  • 25 June — 18 September 2016

Gainsborough's 'Coastal Scene' and Claude Lorraine's 'The Rest on the Flight into Egypt' are both exquisite examples of their type and you should enjoy this limited opportunity to view them

Admission

free

Altar

In Good Humour: Disease, Doctors & Dying in the Roman World

  • 9 July — 6 November 2016

This promises to be a blockbuster exhibition with international loans - take a closer look at the Roman world's treatment of illness and death

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

Money

Minted: making Money and Meaning

  • 23 July — 16 October 2016

This 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 - exhibition gallery 2 - upstairs - no disabled access

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.
Erddig House

Three Erddig Victorian Ladies

  • 17 May 2016 7:30-9pm

Jill Burton explores the lives of the Victorian ladies of Erddig House, near Wrexham North Wales

Admission

GMS members free, non members £4, students with a valid card £2

Commanding views

Commanding Views: A History of Landscape Art

  • 18 May 2016 1:30-3pm

Lecture Theatre 1.30-3pm £3, pay at the door.
The history of landscape painting is like a map of our attitude to, and relationship with, nature. Naturally, our current preoccupations with climate change, earth’s diminishing resources, and ecology in general, make these concerns increasingly topical. In this lecture, Adrian Sumner will explore the arc of our love-affair with landscape, and the bitter aftermath of love-gone-wrong, as well as charting the unknown territory of hopes and dreams.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay at the door

Medieval Feast

Gothic Feast

  • 31 May 2016 2-4pm

Museum Galleries 2-4pm, drop-in, Free, suggested donation £1.50.
Help us celebrate our Gothic exhibition in style with a feast. There will be all sorts of interesting, and sometimes unusual, medieval food to see and smell. Plus music, costume, entertainment, and children’s crafts. More information available on our website nearer the time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free, suggested donation of £1.50

Fashion plate

130 Years of Fashion

  • 1 June 2016 11am-4pm

Museum Galleries 11am-4pm, drop-in Free, suggested donation £1.50.
In this special birthday event, take a look at how much fashion has changed in the 130 years since the museum opened. You can see some historical outfits, handle and dress up with our costume collection, before making your own historic fashion doll to take home.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15

Admission

free, suggested donation £1.50

Gothic Hat

Mad Gothic Hats

  • 2 June 2016 11am-4pm

Newstead Gallery 2-4pm, drop-in Free, suggested donation £1.50.
Make a fabulous black hat with lace, skulls, a looming castle or a flock of crows on it

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15

Admission

free, suggested donation £1.50

Lever

Tissue Paper Landscapes

  • 3 June 2016 2-4pm

Take inspiration from the work of artist Anne Lever and create your own dramatic landscape using tissue paper

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free drop in - suggested donation £1.50

Dragon

Midsummer Watch Workshop

  • 11 June 2016 2-4pm

Come and learn more about this fascinating event and make something fun

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free drop in suggested donation £1.50

Minstrels

Minstrels Court

  • 11 June 2016 10:30am-4:30pm

Discover an ancient tradition where the minstrels of Cheshire were given their licences to play for the year ahead - music dance & storytelling in medieval Chester

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free event just drop in at St John's Church next to Chester Amphitheatre

Midsummer watch

Midsummer Watch Parade

  • 18 — 19 June 2016 2-3:30pm

Chester's famous Midsummer Watch first took place in 1498 and still today dragons angels and devils make an annual appearance on the city streets. Come and join one of the oldest and most colourful parades in Britain

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free and fun since 1498! Starts from the Town Hall Square

medical instruments

Roman Surgery, Sutures and Salves

  • 9 July 2016 11am-4pm

join surgical tool maker Steve Wagstaff to discover more about these fascinating medical instruments, learn how surgery was performed and the science behind the healing salves applied afterwards

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free - suggested donation of £1.50

Anne Lever

Anne Lever Exhibition Tour

  • 12 July 2016 2-3pm

Join Cheshire based artist Anne Lever for a guided tour of her exhibition The Poetic Landscape

Admission

Free suggested donation £3. Exhibition Gallery Two - upstairs no disabled access

undercroft Norton Priory

Medieval Disease, Injury and Treatment at Norton Priory

  • 19 July 2016 2-3pm

Norton Priory is Europe's most excavated monastery with 900 years of history. Tom Hughes Interpretation Officer provides an insight into illness & injury in medieval times he will reveal some evidence from the bones and explore ways in which illnesses were treated in medieval times, through prayer, herbal medicines and trepanning

Admission

free suggested donation £3. Museum lecture theatre

Doctor

The Doctor will see you Now

  • 23 July 2016 11am-4pm
  • 20 August 2016 11am-4pm

Our Roman Doctor will be roaming the streets of Chester diagnosing your ailments. Loo out for him - and beware - some cures might leave you a bit green!

Suitable for

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

Admission

free - join our Roman Doctor as he wanders around the streets of Chester looking for willing patients!!

Gold solidus

Emperor for a Day

  • 26 July 2016 2-4pm

Make an imperial laurel wreath and design your own special coin

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

free - suggested donation of £1.50

Art Day

Art Discovery Day

  • 27 July 2016 11am-4pm

Help us paint a giant mural and discover the art trends of the last 130 years, from impressionism and Cubism through to the present day. Try to copy these styles and paint your own masterpiece to take home

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

free - suggested donation £1.50

Four humours

Chart Your Humours

  • 28 July 2016 2-4pm

Find our how the Romans kept themselves healthy balancing their humours and make your own colourful humoral chart

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 5-6

Admission

free - suggested donation £1.50

Bone Lab

Bone Lab

  • 29 July 2016 10:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm

Join our expert osteologist as she leads you through the fascinating world of bones to see what they tell us about diet, disease and injury

Suitable for

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

Admission

free -suggested donation £1.50

Waverton

The Waverton Christening Gown

  • 2 August 2016 2-4pm

Explore the fascinating story of the Waverton Christening Gown, using photos maps and local records

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free - suggested donation £1.50

money

Show me the Money

  • 3 August 2016 11am-4pm

Discover the fascinating world of money and take a closer look at some of our historic coins

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free - suggested donation £1.50

Votive

Roman Votives

  • 4 — 8 August 2016

Feeling under the weather ? Find out how the Romans asked their gods for help when they were sick, and have a go at making a votive offering

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 14-15

Admission

free - suggested donation £1.50

Rod of Asclepius

Gods of Health

  • 9 August 2016 2-4pm

Roman Doctors followed many medical theories put forward by the Greeks. Learn more about their influence on medicine

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free - suggested donation of £1.50

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

ruth.marshall@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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