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.
Fashion plate

130 Years of Fashion

  • 1 June 2016 11am-4pm *on now

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

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

free

Tombstone

Roman Medicines at Night

  • 14 July 2016 5-8pm
  • 4 August 2016 5-8pm

We are staying open late so you can enjoy our wonderful exhibition In Good Humour: Disease, Doctors and Dying in the Roman World

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 18+

Admission

free - suggested donation £3

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

130th birthday

130th Big Birthday Party

  • 10 August 2016 11am-4pm

The whole museum will be transformed with party games, decorations, a photo booth, arts and crafts and more

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free drop in

Sail boat

Make a Little Boat

  • 11 August 2016 2-4pm

Make your own little boat with a fancy fabric sail

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free drop in

Midgley

War Art and Surgery

  • 13 August 2016 2-3pm

Cheshire based artist Julia Midgley explores work of artists focusing on medicine and presents her recent drawings

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free

gladiators

Gladiators

  • 16 August 2016 2-4pm

Roman doctors practiced their surgical skills on gladiators wounded in the arena. Make your own sword and helmet to protect you

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
Doctor

Medicine through Time

  • 17 August 2016 11am-4pm

Medical ideas have changed over the centuries but not as much as you might thing. Discover how doctors diagnosed people in the past and the cures they suggested

Suitable for

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

Admission

free drop in

coins

Money, Purses and Coins

  • 18 August 2016 2-4pm

make your own felt purse and fill it with chocolate coins then help strike a real metal coin to join your collection (small charge for metal coin)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free drop in

Doctor

Roman Medicines

  • 23 August 2016 2-4pm

Discover Roman cures and have a go at making your own medicines based on their recipes

Suitable for

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

Admission

free drop in

Schoolroom

Don't Blot your Copy Book

  • 24 August 2016 11am-4pm

Experience an Edwardian school day!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free drop in 11am-12.30 then 2-4pm Museum galleries

Gladiator

Gladiator (15)

  • 25 August 2016 From 7pm

Enjoy Ridley Scott's epic drama

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on the door

coin fashion

Coin Fashion

  • 25 August 2016 2-4pm

Kings and Queens used their images on coins to tell people about themselves. Have a go at recreating some of these fashions

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free drop in

moneybox

Moneybox Mayhem

  • 30 August 2016 2-4pm

Make and decorate a moneybox to save up for a rainy day

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free drop in

Roman spa

Roman Health Spa

  • 31 August 2016 11am-4pm

Join our Youth Panel to try perfume, makeup, hairstyles, massages and more all based on Roman recipes

Suitable for

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

Admission

free drop in

Grosvenor Museum

130 Years: What Happened ?

  • 1 September 2016 11am-4pm

Join our storyteller and go back through 130 years to discover the major events which have happened since the museum opened then try some craft activities

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free drop in

Duke of Westminster painting

Art Gallery Tour

  • 7 September 2016 2-3pm

Join Peter Boughton Keeper of Art to discover a rich array of paintings

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

free

Skull

Chester's Roman Skeletons

  • 8 September 2016 5-8pm

Join osteologist Shirley Curtis-Summers to discover the fascinating stories of our skeletons

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on the door

Hods

Heritage Open Days Sat 10 & Sunday 11 September

  • 10 September 2016 12-2:45pm
  • 11 September 2016 2-2:45pm

Join us for a free tour during our 130th birthday celebrations
Tours Sat 12-12.45 & 2-2.45, Sunday 2-2.45

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 5-6

Admission

free

Grosvenor Museum

The History of the Grosvenor Museum

  • 14 September 2016 2-3:30pm

Join us for this talk on the history of the Grosvenor Museum to mark the museum's 130th birthday

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

free - suggested donation £3

Roman food

Making Medicines

  • 23 September 2016 7-8pm

Join us to discover the science behind Roman cures and have a go at making your own medicines based on their recipes

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on the door

Food

Let food be Thy Medicine

  • 24 September 2016 11am-4pm

Roman doctors used different foods as medicines. Discover some popular edible cures

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free drop in

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game (12A)

  • 28 September 2016 7-9pm

Based on the real life story of Alan Turing, mathematician and code breaker at Bletchley Park, who helped to break the German Enigma Code and gain Victory in WWII

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on the door

Jazz Age

The Face of the Jazz Age

  • 29 September 2016 1:30-3:30pm

Join Adrian Sumner to explore Art Deco portraiture

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£3 pay on 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.

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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