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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The Grosvenor Museum's 12th Open Art Exhibition

  • 9 March — 21 June 2017 *on now

Discover the wealth of local creative talent in this diverse and stimulating exhibition, selected from open competition. Enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours and styles, a wide range of techniques and materials, and a rich variety of subjects and moods. Entry forms are available for artists after 2 January from Samantha Belsham: telephone 01244 972197. Email Samantha.Belsham@cheshirewest.gov.uk.

Admission

Free admission but suggested donation of £3 per person.

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Minis & More: Female Fashion from the Swinging Sixties

  • 4 April — 4 July 2017 *on now

This small exhibition shows day & evening dresses, holiday & wedding dresses by Christian Dior of London & Nola Gowns of Chester, Susan Small, & the boutique labels Dollyrockers & Kweens. Ranging from really short minis to full - length dresses, in fabrics varying between understated elegance & psychedelic exuberance, we celebrate the extraordinary diversity of female fashion in the 1960's,

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3

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Alistair Tucker: The Sublime Landscape

  • 22 April — 16 July 2017 *on now

Alistair Tucker is currently Head of Art at the Queen's School in Chester, and lives on the Wirral. The Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins once said "The world is charged with the grandeur of God" Alistair's work looks to explore such excellence, grandeur and beauty which so often inspires a response.

Admission

Free entry but suggested donation of £3 per person.

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Raising Horizons

  • 20 May — 4 June 2017

This exhibition celebrates the forgotten histories of female archaeologists, palaeontologists, & geologists. It brings together the "TrowelBlazers", a collaboration between female scientists & photographer Leonora Saunders, celebrating two centuries of hidden trowel -blazing history through captivating portraits. Find out about those fascinating & ground - breaking women. Exhibition held in two venues Grosvenor Museum & Chester History & Heritage

Admission

Free but suggested donation £3 in Grosvenor Museum.

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Minted: Making Money and Meaning

  • 8 June — 11 July 2017

The Grosvenor Museum has an amazing Money collection containing coins, tokens, jettons & paper money. This small 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 But suggested entry donation of £3 per person.

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Poulton - An Archaeological Landscape

  • 8 July — 5 November 2017

Poulton is a small farming hamlet just outside Chester with a fascinating archaeological story to tell. Over the past twenty years, archaeologists from the Poulton Research Project have been uncovering the remains of over 10 000 years of human activity. This exhibition explores the amazing story of the site and uses artefacts found there to tell the story of a Mesolithic camp, a large Iron -Age settlement, Roman activity, a well - used medieval chapel & a World War II airfield.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free but suggested donation of £3

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Unexpected Elegance: Female fashion from the 1970's

  • 8 July 2017 — 7 July 2019

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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Roman Hoards of Cheshire

  • 15 July — 1 October 2017

This small exhibition features amazing Roman Hoards including the recently discovered Malpas & Frodsham Hoards, on loan from the National Museums Liverpool. Hoards like this help us explore life in this region nearly 2 000 years ago. The coins & jewellery which were buried would have been very valuable. They were hidden for safekeeping, but their owners never returned for them.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Suggested donation £3

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Modern Watercolours

  • 29 July — 22 October 2017

For centuries, British painters have excelled in the art of watercolour. Artists today are no less skilled, but have expanded the range of media to include gouache, acrylic & ink as well as pure watercolour. With works both traditional & more innovative in technique & intention, ranging in mood from enchantment & serenity to turbulence & menace, this exhibition demonstrates the continuing vitality of the medium

Admission

Free but 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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Alistair Tucker Exhibition Tour

  • 12 May 2017 1-2pm

Join Cheshire -based artist Alistair Tucker for a guided tour of his exhibition The Sublime Landscape. Alistair will discuss some of the techniques and processes which he uses in his work and the inspiration that drives his creativity.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

FREE, Suggested donation £3.

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Open Art Exhibition Tour

  • 18 May 2017 2-3pm

Join Peter Boughton, Keeper of Art, as he gives a guided tour of the Grosvenor Museum's 12th Open Art Exhibition. Come and enjoy the extraordinary quality and variety of the region's art - and see if you agree withthe judges!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

FREE, suggested donation £3

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The Shock of the New: Modernism in Art

  • 25 May 2017 1:30-3pm

Adrian Sumner traces the evolution of Modernism in the Visual Arts, including the Impressionists, Fauves, Cubists, Futurists, Surrealists, and all the other tricky customers who have made the world of modern art we enjoy today.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£3 pay at door.

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Art Puzzle

  • 30 May 2017 2-4pm

Take a look at the Grosvenor Museum's paintings. Have a closer look at the detail in one of them and help us to recreate it piece by piece in the form of a giant puzzle.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop -in FREE, suggested donation £1.50.

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Light & Shade Craft Day

  • 31 May 2017 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

The artwork of Alistair Tucker is greatly inspired by the changing saeasons, weather and light in the British landscape. Discover how light and shade can change the way we see things.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop -In. FREE, suggested donation £1.50.

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Digital Take-over Day

  • 1 June 2017 2-4pm

Join our youth panel take over the Grosvenor Museum's social media for the day. Look out for the museum photo booth in Chester City Centre, where you can be photographed in your finery wearing clothes and accessories from the museum's handling collection. There will also be plenty of digital- based activities happening in the museum, including make your own tiny film to go on our social media channels.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop- in.

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Summer Discovery Day

  • 2 June 2017 2-4pm

Bumble bees and butterflies, dragonflies & grasshoppers. In the second of our seasonal-themed afternoons, we'll be looking at lots of bugs! Discover why insects are so important to habitats, & try your hand at some bug crafts. We'll also be decorating our oak tree model for summer.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop -In. FREE, suggested donation £1.50.

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A Soiree with Alistair Tucker RBSA

  • 6 June 2017 7-9pm

Etching is a fascinating process which has been around for some six hundred years, a technique mastered by artists such as Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso. Alistair Tucker will demonstrate how to make and print an etching in a soiree with drinks and nibbles at the Queen's School where he is Head of Art. No disabled access.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£5, To book please send a cheque payable to "The Queen's School" with your name, address , email & telephone number to Mr. A. Tucker, The Queen's School, City Walls Road, CHESTER. CH1 2NN.

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The Artist in the Streets of Chester

  • 22 July 2017 2-3pm

Join Peter Boughton, the Museum's Keeper of Art, to explore the delights of England's most picturesque city. The streets of Chester have inspired artists for more than four centuries, with their unique Rows, charming Tudor & Stuart half- timbered houses, & the spectacular buildings of the Victorian & Edwardian black - and-white revival.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3

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Discover Poulton

  • 22 July 2017 1:30-2:30pm

Join Poulton Research Trust's archaeologist for a fascinating & informative guided tour around the archaeological site at Poulton. Enjoy this chance to see the latest work being conducted on site, & get close to the finds coming out of the ground.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free, but please book in advance at Grosvenor Museum Shop on 01244 972112.

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Make your own Roman Mosaic

  • 22 July 2017 2-4pm

Make your own Roman Mosaic as part of Chester Heritage Festival Week. Drop into the Grosvenor Museum's Newstead Gallery from 2pm -4pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free suggested donation £3

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Celtic Jewellery

  • 1 August 2017 2-4pm

Drop into the Newstead Gallery & make a metallic brooch & pendant necklace covered in knotted designs

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

free, suggested donation £1.50

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Gorgeous Gardens

  • 2 August 2017 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Visit the garden section of our new Natural History Gallery, then make decorations for the Museum's garden as well as your garden at home! Learn about our country's beautiful wildflowers & the insects which thrive on them. Make a bee house from recycled materials. If you would like to make a bee house please bring a clean 500ml plastic bottle with you, All other materials will be supplied.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Free, suggested donation £1.50

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WRNS Badges

  • 3 August 2017 2-4pm

The Grosvenor Museum recently acquired a portrait of Sybil, Lady Rocksavage. In 1917 she contributed to the formation of the Women's Royal Navy Service (WRNS), which she helped to run during both World Wars. In this centenary year we'll be making WRNS inspired badges. There will also be the opportunity to handle items from our collection.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Free, suggested donation £1.50

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Fish Mobiles

  • 8 August 2017 2-4pm

Take Inspiration from the Rivers section of our new Natural History Gallery & make a colourful fish mobile

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Free drop in, suggested donation £1.50

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Poulton Through Time

  • 9 August 2017 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Join our guest archaeologist to explore our new Poulton exhibition, where excavations are rewriting the history of the region. Become an archaeologist for the day with themed crafts & activities, & help us build a miniature Iron Age village to display in the museum.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Free, suggested donation £1.50

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Portrait Gallery

  • 10 August 2017 2-4pm

Welcome to the Grosvenor Museum Photographic Studio! Style your own costume & accessories, then pose for your very own fashionable portrait - just like Sybil, Lady Rocksavage, the subject of the museum's newly acquired painting. Please bring your own camera, camera phone or selfie stick.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

Free, suggested donation £1.50

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Watercolour Forest

  • 15 August 2017 2-4pm

Make a beautiful landscape picture inspired by the forest section of our new Natural History Gallery, using watercolours, sponges, & straws

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Free, suggested donation £1.50

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All Things "Alice"!

  • 16 August 2017 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

We are celebrating all things "Alice" to complement the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre production of Alice in Wonderland (15 July - 20 August). Join us for a game of flamingo croquet, make a Cheshire cat, have your photo taken dressed in an assortment of Wonderland accessories, & listen to the Queen of Hearts as she reads from Lewis Carroll's magical story book.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop In Free, suggested donation £1.50

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World War II Planes

  • 17 August 2017 2-4pm

Inspired by the World War II airfield at Poulton, make a plane & see if you can land it accurately on our runway

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

Drop In Free, suggested donation £1.50

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Design Art Deco Stationery

  • 22 August 2017 2-4pm

Our newly acquired portrait of Sybil, Lady Rocksavage, shows the glamour of the 1920's. Take inspiration from the geometric elegance of the period's Art Deco style & design your own decorative stationery to take home

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop in Free suggested donation £1.50

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Cheshire Nature Day

  • 23 August 2017 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

For this Summer's Cheshire Nature Day we'll be exploring the Sandstone Ridge, one of the county's most famous features. Investigate the significance of this unique habitat to both people & wildlife. You can handle some of our geology collection, & make a fossil - style bracelet to take home.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop -In Free, suggested donation £1.50

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String Art

  • 24 August 2017 2-6pm

The 1970's were full of bright colours, bold prints, & string art! Join us to design a colourful string art card to give to someone special, & afterwards choose your favourite outfit from the 1970's fashion display in our Costume Gallery.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop -in, Free, suggested donation £1.50

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Discover Poulton

  • 24 August 2017 1:30-2:30pm

Join Poulton Research Trust's archaeologist for a fascinating & informative guided tour around the Poulton site. Enjoy this chance to see the latest work being conducted on the site, & get close to the finds coming out of the ground.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, but book in advance at Grosvenor Museum Shop 01244 972112

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Chester's Civil War

  • 29 August 2017 2-4pm

See 17th Century armour worn by soldiers from the Civil War & the weapons they used, including a sword & musket balls. Make your own replica sword to take home

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Drop -In. Free, suggested donation £1.50

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Glamour Day

  • 30 August 2017 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

To celebrate the acquisition of our portrait of Sybil, Lady Rocksavage, we We are stepping back in time to the glamorous, high society world of the 1920's & 30's. Make flapper headdresses & dapper bow ties, design costumes for paper dolls, & explore fabulously fashionable clothing & accessories from our handling collection.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop - In. Free, suggested donation £1.50

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Autumn Discovery Day

  • 31 August 2017 2-4pm

In the third of our seasonal habitat afternoons we're looking ahead to autumn. We'll be focussing on plants & why they change so much throughout the year. Make some leaf sun catchers, & help transform our oak tree with a burst of autumnal colour

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop -In. Free, suggested donation £1.50

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Modern Watercolours: Exhibition tour

  • 13 September 2017 2-3pm

Join Peter Boughton, the museum's Keeper of rt, to explore highlights of our collection of modern watercolours. Enjoy paintings of landscape & architecture, still life & abstraction, in watercolour, gouache, acrylic & ink, demonstrating the continuing vitality of the medium.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3.

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

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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