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.
Teniers

Paintings by Rembrandt's Workshop & Teniers

  • 17 June — 10 September 2015 *on now

Masterpieces of Dutch & Flemish painting are being lent to the museum this summer from the outstanding collection of His Grace the Duke of Westminster.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free - in the Art Gallery on the second floor - no lift

prehistoric landscape

A Prehistoric Landscape: Archaeology of the Mid Cheshire Ridge

  • 4 July — 25 October 2015 *on now

This exhibition explores the earliest human history of the Sandstone Mid Cheshire Ridge up to the Roman invasion in AD43. The museum's important pre-historic collections are displayed alongside new research from the Habitats and Hillforts Landscape Partnership Scheme and several community projects.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

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

end of the Season

Stephen Clarke: End of the Season

  • 25 July — 18 October 2015 *on now

Since the early 1980s artist Stephen Clarke has photographed the seaside town of Rhyl to reclaim childhood holidays. Pictures of the fairground, seafront and caravan park chronicle the resort's inevitable ebb and flow

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free - upstairs no disabled access

silent city

Silent City: Paintings by Chris Faircloth

  • 24 October 2015 — 17 January 2016

Chester based artist Chris Faircloth looks at the architectural Esperanto of drive thru outlets, retail parks, filling stations based on actual locations but edited to be nowhere in particular

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free exhibition gallery 2 - upstairs no disabled access

Vision

Revelation: The Art of Marcus Usherwood

  • 23 January — 17 April 2016

Come and be awed by the apocalyptic visions of this Chester based artist which proclaim his Christian faith and understanding of the prophecies of the Bible

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free - upstairs in exhibition gallery 2 - 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.
poulton

The Poulton Project

  • 9 September 2015 2-3pm

Kevin Cootes project archaeologist presents new discoveries and examines interpretation for this fascinating multi period site

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free lecture

King Charles Tower

Heritage Open Days 10-13 September 2015

  • 10 — 13 September 2015

Come and enjoy the biggest FREE celebration of England's architecture, history and culture. For more information visit www.heritageopendayschester.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

For booking please see website - and brochure available at Grosvenor Museum. Booking for tours and events opens 10.30 on Monday August 10th. Please ring 01244 972210 for details

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Grosvenor Museum

  • 10 — 12 September 2015

A purpose built Museum opened in 1886. Designed by Thomas M Lockwood to house the collections of Charles Kingsley and the Chester Society of Natural Science, Literature and Art. Free Museum Tours on Saturday and Sunday, especially for Heritage Open Days. No need to book - just drop in. Quizzes and colouring sheets for children

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/grosvenor-museum

End of Season

Holiday-ed in North Wales

  • 17 September 2015 2-3pm

This talk will explore Stephen Clarkes project including the End of the Season exhibition

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free lecture

bike man

Victorian Harvest weekend

  • 26 — 27 September 2015 12-5pm

Celebrate traditional Harvest with apple pressing (bring your own) butter making, corn dollies, recipes music and 'the wonders of the bicycle'.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Mill tour is £3 but the activities are all free

Prehistoric hillfort

Prehistoric Cheshire

  • 6 October 2015 2-3pm

What was life like for people here before the Romans ? This talk examines the scattered pieces of evidence to present a picture of that life

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free lecture in Grosvenor Museum lecture theatre

weaving

Prehistoric Weaving

  • 26 October 2015 2-4pm

Find out how people used to make cloth and make your own textile square

Suitable for

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

Admission

free

silent city

Town in a Case

  • 27 October 2015 2-4pm

Come & help us make buildings, vehicles, road signs, clouds to go in our model of a town in the Foyer case

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

free event - newstead gallery ground floor

mourners

A Day of Historical Death

  • 28 October 2015 11am-4pm

Discover the traditions & superstitions surrounding death through the ages. Design your own Roman tombstone or make a herbal pomander to protect yourself from the plague. Celebrate All Hallows by meeting a friendly ghost or two!

Suitable for

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

Admission

free drop in - museum galleries

antique map

Adventures in Map Land

  • 29 October 2015 2-4pm

Come and make your own map of Chester then go into the City and find all the places on your map - linked to Chris Faircloth exhibition looking at urban landscapes

Suitable for

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

Admission

free drop in - Newstead Gallery

Roundhouse

Iron Age Roundhouses

  • 30 October 2015 2-4pm

Have a go at creating your own mini-roundhouse to take home complete with Iron Age warriors

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Admission

free drop in

haunted period house

Halloween Night at the Museum

  • 31 October 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for an evening in our haunted Period House, listen to ghost stories, have some food and wander about if you are brave enough!

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Free drop in event.

The museum is located in a historic house with stairs.

Chester Cathedral

The Europeanisation of England in the Eleventh & Twelfth Centuries

  • 11 November 2015 1-2pm

Dr Tom Pickles talk looks at ways in which the Norman Conquest produced a revolution and a new Anglo-Norman identity and evidence for Europeanisation in England and Cheshire

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on the door

Samurai armour

Samurai Arms and Armour

  • 14 November 2015 — 21 February 2016

This exhibition showcases exceptional pieces made by some of the greatest Japanese sword smiths and armourers of the 16th c. to the present day reflecting the military history of Japan and extraordinary lives of the Samurai.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free

Americanisation

Americanisation in Berlin: from Weimar Culture to Cold War Division

  • 18 November 2015 1-2pm

Dr Tim Grady explores the increasing influence of America through the prism of the emerging Cold War in Berlin from the 1920s to the 1950s

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3 please pay on the door

Samurai

Samurai Saturday

  • 21 November 2015 2-4pm

Make an origami Samurai helmet, a Samurai peg doll and your own Samurai sword

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

free drop in - Newstead Gallery

Suburban high rise

Suburban Sprawl, High Rises and the Search for a Post War British Urban Identity

  • 25 November 2015 1-2pm

Dr Hannah Ewence explores the various urban solutions to the nation's many post war bombed out cities, from pre-fab housing to Le Corbusier inspired 'streets in the sky'.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on the door

Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

  • 27 November 2015 6-9:30pm

Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film telling the story of farmers who hire seven Samurai to defend their crops. Rate PG. Free but booking required on www.eventbrite.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free but please book on www.eventbrite.co.uk

Glasgow School

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Study Day

  • 28 November 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

Join Adrian Sumner for a day looking at the unique style of Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow School. £15 includes lunch and refreshments.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£15 including lunch and refreshments. To book call Adrian Sumner on 01606 782516
Grosvenor Museum lecture theatre

Oni

Winter Watch Workshop

  • 28 November 2015 2-4pm

Make an Oni, a hideous Japanese devil and then take part in Chester's famous Winter Watch Parade on 3 & 10th December

Suitable for

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

Admission

free drop in

Winter Watch Parade

Winter Watch Parade

  • 3 — 10 December 2015

This spectacular event is based on Chester's 15th century tradition of setting the watch and processing around the city to ensure it was secure - come and join in - THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE ON THE 3RD AND THE 10TH DECEMBER 2015

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free event - starts from the Forum Shopping Centre at 7pm on Thursday 3rd and the 10th December

Victorian Christmas

A Victorian Christmas

  • 9 December 2015 7:30-9:15pm

Join Blast from the Past for some favourite carols and musical entertainment. The evening includes a free glass of wine and a mince pie

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£10 or £8 concessions. Tickets from the Museum Shop 01244 972112
Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre

Saturnalia

Saturnalia Parade

  • 17 December 2015 5:45-7:15pm

Chester is back under Roman control for one night as the Legions light up the streets with a torch lit parade - make a lantern to carry in the parade at the museum

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Lantern making at the Grosvenor Museum 5.45-6.30pm, then the Parade starts outside the Museum at 6.30pm and processes around the town

Kill Bill

Kill Bill: Volume I

  • 15 January 2016 7-9pm

A former assassin wakes from a coma to seek revenge on a former lover. Grab some popcorn and be swept away by stylized violence and a cracking score. Rate 18

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free but booking essential on www.eventbrite.co.uk
Grosvenor Museum lecture theatre

Silent City

Silent City Exhibition Tour

  • 16 January 2016 2-3pm

Chris Faircloth gives a guided tour of his exhibition Silent City

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free - drop in - second floor - no disabled access

Japanese

The Floating World

  • 20 January 2016 1:30-3pm

Join Adrian Sumner for this richly illustrated lecture on Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau, the Aesthetic Movement & Modernism....

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£3 please pay on the door. Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre

Kill Bill 2

Kill Bill: Volume 2

  • 22 January 2016 7-9:15pm

The Bride, a former assassin continues her quest for revenge. Rated 18+ Popcorn will be available. Quentin Tarantino continues his theme of blood, stylized violence and a strong score.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, but booking required on www.eventbrite.co.uk
Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre

martial arts

Martial Arts Demonstration

  • 30 January 2016 3:30-4:30pm

Yanagi Ryu Jujutsu will give a demonstration of Samurai fighting techniques including wooden and bladed weapons with a full explanation

Suitable for

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

Admission

free - Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre

Samurai

How the Samurai Prepared for Battle

  • 30 January 2016 1:30-2:30pm

This demonstration involves a model being dressed piece by piece in a full suit of Samurai armour, with a detailed narrative

Suitable for

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

Admission

free event - Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre

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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