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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Right Here, Right Now: 21st-Century Art

  • 25 November 2017 — 8 May 2018 *on now

Arranged around the themes of people and animals, landscapes and buildings, still life, faith and abstraction, the exhibition celebrates the quality and diversity of art made since the year 2000. The exhibition demonstrates the Grosvenor Museum's commitment to collecting and displaying ontemporary art. Come and enjoy the art of our time!

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Admission free, suggested donation £3

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Sam Ryley:Finding the Wild

  • 27 January — 11 March 2018 *on now

Sam Ryley is a Chester based photographer who over the last five years has taken on the challenge of becoming a wildlife photographer.His focus is on the wildlife of the United Kingdom, and so far his work has been featured on BBC Autumnwatch Extra, and also regularly in printand social media by the RSPB. This exhibition features Sam Ryley's images and also film of the wildlife he has encountered on his journeys.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Admission free, suggested donation £3

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From Icon to Red Square: Paintings by Adrian Sumner, inspired by the art of Russia

  • 10 February — 7 May 2018 *on now

The Russian Avant- Garde created radical and prophetic art which dealt with aspects of the country's society at a time of revolutionary change in the early 20th century. This exhibition explores the ideas , innovations and styles of their ground-breaking work, as filtered through Adrian's unique way of contrasting and complimenting cultural references old and new. Looking at the Great War, the October Revolution and Suprematism, among other themes.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Admission Free, suggested donation £3

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Civilisations

  • 24 February — 18 March 2018

Chester is famous for its Roman remains, but our museum’s collections hold objects from other ancient civilisations too. This small display will focus on the Egyptians, Sumarians and Etruscans and showcase some of our most fascinating artefacts.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/event/civilisations/

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Michael Sandle: Monumental Rage

  • 19 May — 7 October 2018

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.
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Abstract Paper Things

  • 19 February 2018 2-4pm *on now

In celebration of the fabulous abstract shapes in the From Icon to Red Square exhibition, design your own piece of abstract 3D art. There'll be no patterns to follow so bring along your imagination and our assistants will help you create something spectacular.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Admission Free, suggested donation £1.50

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Emoji Badges

  • 20 February 2018 2-4pm

Influenced by the art of Julian Opie, come and make a badge based on that 21st - century icon, the Emoji.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Admission Free, suggested donation £1.50

Fossils Rock!

  • 21 February 2018 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Join us for a day of rocks and fossils, getting up close to our geology collections. Watch a demonstration of how a volcano works, make your own fossil to take home, and learn about rock identification.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Admission free, suggested donation £1.50

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Tiaras and Monocles

  • 22 February 2018 2-4pm

Come along and make Tiaras and Monocles inspired by the splendour and decadence of the 1920's & 30's.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Admission free, suggested donation £1.50.

Prologue to World Book Day

  • 23 February 2018 2-4pm

Create your own adventure at the museum using our new storycards based on our collections. Then make a bookmark to take home, so you will never lose your page again.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Admission free, suggested donation £1.50.

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Aelfflaed, Abbess of Whitby

  • 28 February 2018 1-2pm

Aelfflaed, Abbess of Streoneshalh (Whitby, North Yorkshire) in the early eigth century, wielded an exceptional level of political influence. She supposedly prompted St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne to prophesy the accession of her brother as king of the Northumbrians, and approved the return of the exiled Wilfred of Ripon to the kingdom and the restoration of his rights. Using Aelfflaed as a case-study, this talk by Dr. Tom Pickles will consider what circumstances allowed early medieval women to wield such influence, and how Aelfflaed navigated those circumstances so successfully.
Organised by the University of Chester.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3, pay at the door.

Grosvenor Museum 'Quiet' Afternoons

  • 2 March 2018 3-4:30pm
  • 6 April 2018 3-4:30pm
  • 4 May 2018 3-4:30pm
  • 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.

Medusa

Civilisations: Medusa Masks

  • 3 March 2018 2-4pm

Come and explore myths and legends from Roman times! Make your own ‘Medusa’ Mask to take home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free entry. Suggested donation: £1.50

Website

http://events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/venue/grosvenor-museum/

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Civilisations: Roman Stones Gallery Tour

  • 3 March 2018 2-2:45pm

The amazing collection of Roman tombstones from Chester tell us so much about the people who set them up and how they lived. Join us for an in-depth look at the imagery and inscriptions and find out more about this ancient civilisation.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3.

Website

http://events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/event/civilisations-roman-stones-gallery-tour/

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Sybil Song Sunday

  • 4 March 2018 1:30-3:30pm

The Grosvenor museum recenly acquired a painting of Sybil, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, who established the Cholmondeley prize for poetry in 1966. To celebrate her extraordinary life, local poets, musicians and storytellers will sing, play and speak sharing one unbroken human breath - bringing to mind the 1930's and '40's, the WRNs, her links to Cheshire and family, and the muse herself. Organised by Chester Writers and Chester Poets.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3. To book please contact Suzanne Luppa on luppa@hotmail.com.

Roman antefix

Civilisations: Roman Buildings

  • 4 March 2018 1:30-3:30pm

What types of buildings were the Romans making in Chester 2000 years ago? Come and explore the different designs and the materials they used. Make your own roof tile called an ‘Antefix’ to take home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free entry. Suggested donation: £1.50

Website

http://events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/venue/grosvenor-museum/

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Civilisations: The People of Roman Chester

  • 6 March 2018 2-3pm

Chester is famous for its Roman remains, but what do we know about the people who lived here during the Roman period? This talk will look at evidence uncovered in the city and what it can tell us about Roman Cestrians.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3.

Website

http://events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/event/civilisations-the-people-of-roman-chester/

Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians

  • 7 March 2018 1-2pm

Aethelflaed, Daughter of King Alfred of Wessex, died at Tamworth in Mercia in 918 as sole ruler of the Mercian kingdom. One of the first known female rulers in England's history, she led her people in war against Viking invaders, re - founding Chester and a network of other fortified towns in the west. Dr. Morn Capper examines how this female war -leader shaped the resurgence of the Mercian people and how her eye for economics and diplomacy moulded the future kingdom of England.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£3, pay at the door.

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Right Here, Right Now: Exhibition Tour

  • 8 March 2018 2-3pm

Join Peter Boughton, the museum's Keeper of Art, to explore our collection of 21st - century art. Enjoy this celebration of the quality and diversity of art made since the year 2000, with work encompassing a rich variety of media, styles and emotions.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3.

Medusa

Civilisations: Medusa Masks

  • 10 March 2018 2-4pm

Come and explore myths and legends from Roman times! Make your own ‘Medusa’ Mask to take home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free entry. Suggested donation: £1.50

Website

http://events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/venue/grosvenor-museum/

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Civilisations: Roman Stones Gallery Tour

  • 10 March 2018 11-11:45am

The amazing collection of Roman tombstones from Chester tell us so much about the people who set them up and how they lived. Join us for an in-depth look at the imagery and inscriptions and find out more about this ancient civilisation.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3.

Website

http://events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/event/civilisations-roman-stones-gallery-tour-2/

Roman antefix

Civilisations: Roman Buildings

  • 11 March 2018 1:30-3:30pm

What types of buildings were the Romans making in Chester 2000 years ago? Come and explore the different designs and the materials they used. Make your own roof tile called an ‘Antefix’ to take home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free entry. Suggested donation: £1.50

Website

http://events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/venue/grosvenor-museum/

Women, Death & Power in the Viking Age

  • 14 March 2018 1-2pm

Debates currently rage regarding the historical reality of "Viking warrior women" , in large part inspired by discoveries of viking graves of females buried with weapons. This talk by Professor Howard Williams presents the burial data for female "weapon burials" and appraises the popular reception of this evidence by the media and the public. He will examine different scanarios for interpretating female weapon graves, responding to recent archaeological research but also adapting anthropological theories about the roles of women in relation to death ritual and social power in traditional societies. Lecture organised by the University of Chester.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3, pay at the door.

Carry on Curating

  • 16 March 2018 7:30-9pm

Join us for something a little bit different! Comedians from up and down the country will become professors and deliver their humorous take on a "TED" talk, commenting on some of the exhibits in the museum and filling you in on what they actually are. The catch? They have never seen any of the slides before and will be making it up on the spot. It's "Time Team" meets "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and promises to be an excellent night.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10 entry , with a free drink. Please book tickets from www.ticketsource.co.uk/westcheshiremuseums.

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Towards the Light: Exhibition tour of From Icon to Red Square by the artist (formally known as Adrian Sumner)

  • 21 March 2018 1:30-2:30pm

The artist Adrian Sumner talks about the evolution of the works on show, how the elements fit together, the ideas they contain, and where the inspiration comes from. Plus time for Q & A (or R and R if you prefer).

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3.

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Latin for Beginners

  • 24 March 2018 10:30am-4:30pm

Join George Sharpley of the LATIN QVARTER and spend a day exporing Latin, the Classical writers and their lives. You'll be reading two or three lines of Catullus by lunchtime. Enjoy some ancient gossip in Latin, learn more about ancient writers and hear their work read aloud. George Sharpley is a Latin teacher and author of The Complete Latin Course and Get Started In Latin.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£45 adult, £30 student. Please book through the Grosvenor Museum shop on 01244 972112.

Art Class: Acrylics in Gallery Two

  • 28 March 2018 10am-12pm

In homage to the Grosvenor Museum's early life as an art school as well as a museum, this mostly unstructured event will provide a light exploration of acrylics and modern Russian art. There will be a whistle - stop talk on the subject by Adrian Sumner - whose exhibition will be on display in the gallery - then you will be free to create your own piece or dabble happily. All materials (apart from aprons) will be provided, as will refreshments, but please feel free to bring your own materials and inspirational things if you prefer.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10, including refreshments and all materials. Please book through museum shop on 01244 972112. Limited availability.

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Strips and Stripes

  • 3 April 2018 12:30-2:30pm

Create your own abstract masterpiece, influenced by our "Right here, Right Now" exhibition of 21st -century art.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

admission free, suggested donation £1.50. Drop - in event.

Roman Springtime

  • 4 April 2018 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Join us in a Roman celebration of Spring! Learn how the Romans grew crops to feed their vast army, make a voltive offering to Flora the godess of flowers and Spring, and explore our Roman handling collection of objects and costume.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Admission Free, suggested donation £1.50

Easter Icons

  • 5 April 2018 12:30-2:30pm

Make your own dazzling gold- covered icon featuring those favourite seasonal characters, a chick and the Easter Bunny.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

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

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Cityscapes

  • 10 April 2018 12:30-2:30pm

Design a section of cityscape based on Chester's world - famous landmarks and contribute to a communal display in our foyer case.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Admission free, suggested donation £1.50. Drop - in event.

Slow Art Day

  • 14 April 2018 10:30am-5pm
  • 15 April 2018 1-4pm

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. Take the time to experience the art and explore your thoughts on each piece. Facilities for discussion will be available.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission free, suggested donaion £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

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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.

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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