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
Rowan Atkinson

Reverse Angle: Andy Hollingworth portraits 2005-2014

  • 1 February — 11 May 2014 *on now

Andy Hollingworth's photographic portraits grace posters, DVDs and book jackets for our most famous & infamous comedians. This exhibition features fifty iconic & never before seen images captured in the studio during live performances,and behind the scenes at tv and radio recordings.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

Caldecott

The Long Art & Short Life of Randolph Caldecott

  • 8 February — 5 May 2014 *on now

One of the great illustrators - Randolph Caldecott influenced the work of many famous artists, including Beatrix Potter. This exhibition explores his continuing influence and remarkable abilities.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free

wonder

A Sense of Wonder: Paintings by Lynette Howells Moore & Sculpture by Liz Ellis

  • 10 May — 27 July 2014

These two Chester artists live and work on either side of the river Dee. Their collaboration celebrates the ancient connection with the river as Deva, her wider landscape and earth mother of all; a natural participation in nature's bounty and a quiet contemplation of deeper meaning in contrast to a world where speed, acceleration and achievement were worshipped as the ruling forces of our time.

Admission

free

skull

Buildings, Battles and Bodies: A History of Heronbridge

  • 24 May — 28 September 2014

Discovered in 1929 this site has revealed some amazing secrets.particularly a mass grave of Anglo Saxon warriors. This exhibition is in gallery one

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

Four 1st WW soldiers

The Great War: Personal Responses by Cheshire's Artists' Network

  • 2 August — 12 October 2014

Members ofCheshire Artists Network have produced work in a range of media which represent personal responses to the Great War, seen through collective recollection, documentary accounts and family histories. Even though the subject matter cannot help but be emotional, and is often personal through the involvement of ancestors and their loved ones, the clouding of memories will increasingly be a threat. The artists involved hope to slow that process by means of their work, and in this way pay their respects to those who paid the price of our freedom.

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.
Hollingworth

Reverse Angle: Exhibition Tour

  • 1 February — 10 May 2014 *on now

Join Andy Hollingworth for a tour of his exhibition featuring photos of our most famous and infamous comedians.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

This free tour takes place on Saturdays 1 Feb, 8 March, 12 April and 10 May between 2-3pm

Swan

Swan Mobiles

  • 27 May 2014 2-4pm

Create a graceful mobile of flying swans inspired by the exhibition A Sense of Wonder.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • Especially for children
Lord Ganesh

The Sacred Art of Mongolia

  • 27 May 2014 7:30-9pm

This vast country has produced some of the most beautiful art works in the Asian world - this lecture looks at this fascinating place

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Grosvenor Museum Society members free - non members £4.00, students £2.00. Pay on the door.

Bird sculpture

Birds of Wisdom

  • 28 May 2014 11am-12:30pm, 2-4pm

Have a go at making a clay owl. These will be kiln fired and collected by you at a later date from the museum. All materials will be provided. For more information contact Liz on 01244 678322 or email lizellis@live.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free drop in - all materials provided - clay models will be fired and collected by you at a later date from the museum.

Owl

Wildlife Outside

  • 29 May 2014 2-4pm

Take a riverside walk with Cheshire Wildlife Trust experts then make a wonderful wild creature to take home. Meet in the Grosvenor museum entrance hall for the walk.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Free (children under 12)

Canada Goose

Wildlife Inside

  • 29 May 2014 11am-2pm

Free drop in Natural History gallery upstairs. Experience the wildlife in the museum galleries with Cheshire Wildlife Trust experts.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 14-15
  • Especially for children
Heronbridge

Roman Buildings

  • 30 May 2014 2-4pm

Come and make your very own Roman building as seen in our exhibition Buildings, Battles and Bodies: A History of Heronbridge

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free drop in

clay modelling

In Search of the Goddess: Clay Modelling Workshop with Liz Ellis

  • 7 June 2014 10am-4pm

Join Liz Ellis to make your own goddess. All materials provided. Please bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£50 each. To book contact Liz Ellis on 01244 678322. Lizellis@live.co.uk

Bede

Bede and the Battle of Chester

  • 11 June 2014 1-2pm

This lecture by Nick Higham explores what Bede said about the battle and the wider context

Suitable for

  • 18+
drawing

Drawing Workshop with Lynette Howells-Moore

  • 14 June 2014 10am-4pm

A costumed model and a highly structured drawing environment for ten participants. All materials provided, bring a packed lunch

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£50 each. To book contact Lynette 07742 365623

tempera

Egg tempera painting masterclass with Lynette Howells-Moore

  • 21 June 2014 10am-4pm

For 10 participants to create a small panel painting using the ancient egg tempera method. All materials provided. Bring a packed lunch

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£50. To book ring 07742 365623 or email lynettehowellsmoore@icloud.com

bede

The Battle of Chester in Welsh & Irish Tradition

  • 25 June 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Mark Zumbuhl examines this battle from the Celtic point of view

Suitable for

  • 18+
wonder

A Sense of Wonder Exhibition Tour

  • 28 June 2014 2-3pm

Join painter Lynette Howells-Moore & sculptor Liz Ellis for a guided tour of their exhibition

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Minstrels' Court

Minstrels' Court

  • 28 June 2014 10:30am-5pm

Discover an ancient tradition where minstrels were given their licences to play for the year ahead.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
Heronbridge

The Heronbridge Skeletons

  • 8 July 2014 1-2pm

Lecture by Bod Stoddart looks at the discover of the assemblage of bones on the site of Heronbridge and the pathology behind them

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
stretton

Tudor Festival

  • 26 — 27 July 2014 12-5pm

Step back in time to 1596 when the lease of Stretton Watermill was taken by Ursula Leche of nearby Carden Hall

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free drop in event

skull

Human Skulls

  • 29 July 2014 2-4pm

Work with a forensic archaeologist to see how a picture of life in the past develops
from archaeological finds.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free drop in

Roman stones

Stories from the Stones

  • 30 July 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

Make your own mythical mask and listen to mythical storytelling among the Roman stones for times see below

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

FREE. Storytelling 10.30-11, 11.30-12 & 2-2.45
Mask Making - 11-11.30, 12-12.30, 2.45-3.30pm

phototgraph of girl making teddy bears in ww1

Make a First World War Toy

  • 31 July 2014 2-4pm

Make a toy that children would have used during the Great War and see who wins in a play off. Thursday 31 July in the Newstead Gallery between 2pm - 4pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
medals

Medals and Meanings

  • 5 August 2014 2-4pm

The commemoration of the Great War has prompted many of us to explore our family history and many families have medals from this time. Come and make your own in the Newstead Gallery on Tuesday 5 August between 2pm - 4pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

free drop in

soldier

Discover the Romans with Roman Tours UK

  • 6 August 2014 10:30am-4pm

Explore the Roman settlement at Heronbridge in our fantastic exhibition. Meet the Romans who might have lived there

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free

sundial

Sundial Time

  • 7 August — 7 July 2014

Make a sundial and see how they were used in Roman and Saxon times and during the Great War and how they have been used as memorials

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free drop in

toga

Togas and Tableaux

  • 12 August 2014 2-4pm

Come and learn how to wear a toga. Make a fibula fastener and wreath before posing on the banqueting bench for a photo.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free drop in

travellers

Discover the Anglo Saxons

  • 13 August 2014 10:30am-4pm

Discover the Anglo Saxons with Travellers Through Time. Lots to see and do, meet a warrior, do craft activities

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free drop in Newstead and Webster galleries

white feathers

White Feathers

  • 14 August 2014 2-4pm

White Feathers were a symbol of cowardice during the Great War. Explore how they impacted on peoples lives and make your own commemorative piece of art

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free drop in

saxon brooch

Saxon Jewellery

  • 19 August 2014 2-4pm

Come and make your own piece inspired by the beautifully crafted Saxon jewellery on display on the Heronbridge exhibition

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

free drop in

gift

Thinking of You

  • 20 August 2014 11am-12:30pm, 2-4pm

Gift tins were sent to soldiers from women of the Empire and post cards sent to loved ones. See the real thing and make your own gift for a loved one.

Suitable for

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

Admission

free drop in

heronbridge

Heronbridge in its Local & Regional historic setting

  • 3 September 2014 1-2pm

Ray Jones lecture focuses on the development of the site, and why the battle was fought in this location

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
Midgley

From Tonks to Today: 100 Years of drawing medicine & conflict

  • 16 September 2014 7:30-9pm

Lecture by artist Julia Midgley on the work of war artists and her current project War Art & Surgery. Lecture organised by Grosvenor Museum Society. Tuesday 16 September between 7.30 -9.00pm.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

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

war

The Art of War

  • 1 October 2014 1:30-3pm

Adrian Sumner's lecture will examine the memorable and moving images created by Artists in the First and Second World Wars. He will explore how artists have recorded and remembered conflict with posters, propaganda and political cartoons. Held in Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 1 October from 1.30 - 3pm.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on the door

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.

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