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
skull

Buildings, Battles and Bodies: A History of Heronbridge

  • 24 May — 28 September 2014 *on now

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

Great War

The Great War: Personal Responses by Cheshire Artists Network

  • 2 August — 12 October 2014 *on now

Members of Cheshire 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.
gift tin

Thinking of You

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

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
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free drop-in.

Roman Buildings

Roman Buildings

  • 21 August 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

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

free drop in

photograph of nurse Lily Cope

Mabel's War

  • 26 August 2014 2-4pm

Discover the life of Mabel Earp a volunteer nurse in the Great War from Cheshire who collected poems letters & stories in her scrapbooks. Come and make your own scrapbook to take home. Thursday 26 August in Museum Newstead Gallery between 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Free drop in activity.

Roman food

Romans: Love Food Hate Waste

  • 27 August 2014 11am-4pm

Come and smell some Roman food and find out what we can learn from their food packaging. Composting, sewage and archaeology are explained.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

free drop in - Sessions at 11-12.30 and 2-4pm

Great War

The Great War: Exhibition Tour

  • 1 September 2014 2-3pm

Join artist Sandra Christie for a free guided tour of this exhibition from Cheshire Artists Network, which offers a diverse range of often emotional work offering personal responses to the Great War.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
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
Heronbridge

Heronbridge in its local and regional setting

  • 3 September 2014 1-2pm

Ray Jones lecture focuses on how the environment of this section of the Dee Valley has changed since Roman times, what was the function of the site and why was the Battle of Chester fought in this location.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

free

Men of the Royal Scots Greys ride their horses on a road at Brimeux. A windmill can be seen across the fields behind them.
The Royal Scots Greys by on the road at Brimeaux, 25 May 1918.

Interpreting the Light and the Dark: Drawing Workshop

  • 6 September 2014 2-4pm

Join Cheshire artists Derek & Anne Johnson to make art inspired by the Great War.

Using graphite and rubbers, you will learn how to produce tonal drawings based on models of figures and horses in conflict.

All materials provided. Museum Education Workroom 14:00 - 16:00.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£7.00 each all materials provided. To book ring Derek or Anne Johnson on 01606557803 or email djthemount@gmail.com.

Heritage Open Days 2014: Grosvenor Museum

  • 11 — 14 September 2014

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.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

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

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

Roman Stones

Beyond Heronbridge :Town, Country People and Livelihoods in Roman Cheshire

  • 18 September 2014 1-2pm

Talk by Dr Peter Carrington to put this site in context and explore what we know of the inhabitants and their lives in the 2nd & 3rd centuries AD

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
photograph of poppy

Interpretation through Paper: Paper Craft Workshop

  • 27 September 2014 2-4pm

Be inspired by John McCrae's 1915 poem "In Flanders Fields", and the image of the poppy, to learn a new skill. The event is suitable for adults of any ability, plus older children if accompanied.

Grosvenor Museum Education Workroom on Saturday 27 September from 14.00 - 16.00.

To book contact Sue Sutherland on 01244 682769 or email susanna100@gmail.com.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Admission price £7.00 All materials will be provided.

photograph of people pressing apples

Victorian Harvest Weekend

  • 27 — 28 September 2014 12-5pm

Final open weekend of the season celebrates the traditional harvest with activities including butter making, apple pressing and straw dollies.

Activities are free but there will be a small charge for the mill and horse drawn cart.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • Any age

Admission

Please contact venue for admission prices.

Website

http://www.cheshirewestmuseums.org/?page_id=12

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

excavations

Heronbridge: From Romans to Roundheads with a battle in between

  • 4 October 2014 1-2pm

Project director Dr David Mason discussed the most recent excavations at Heronbridge and looks at the wider history of this multi-period site.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

free lecture

PIVA

Measure for Measure: Music from Shakespeare's Time

  • 25 October 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Join multi instrumental music group PIVA for a concert of traditional ballads and dance on a wide range of period instruments. £8 tickets includes a glass of wine.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Tickets £8 includes a glass of wine. To book ring 01244 972112.

Recorder

The Secret Life of a Recorder

  • 25 October 2014 2-3pm

A musical history of the Recorder. £3 or £2 if carrying a ticket for the evening Renaissance Music group PIVA concert. Pay on the door.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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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