Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

The Shropshire Gallery
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Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery re-located to The Music Hall and Vaughan's Mansion in April 2014. It is one of the museums run by the Visitor Economy Team at Shropshire Council. The collections were founded in 1835 as the museum of the Shropshire and North Wales Natural History and Antiquarian Society. There are five main galleries (Roman, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart and The Shropshire Gallery) and a Special Exhibition Gallery to explore. These tell the story of Shrewsbury and Shropshire from pre-history to the modern day.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Gallery, Heritage site

See also

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Sundays 11am to 4pm. Last admission or re-admission 3pm.
From Monday 3rd October the Museum & Art Gallery will be closed on Mondays.

Admission charges

£4.50 per adult
£4.00 per person of state pension age
£2.00 per child (age 5-17) (Entry is free for children aged 0 to 4.)
£10.00 Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-17)
£7.00 Family ticket (1 adult and up to 3 children aged 5-17)
Groups 12+ people - adult £4,00, person of state pension age £3.50, child (5-17) £1.50.
The Prehistory & Roman Gallery is free of charge to enter.
See website for updates.
Season ticket valid for 1 year - adult £25, 2 adults £35. Concessions for people of state pension age, students, families and children.

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
  • Museums Association
Getting there

By road: Take any road signed Shrewsbury off the A5/A49 by-pass and follow the signs for long stay parking in the town centre. Follow pedestrian signs to Museum & Art Gallery.

There are three Park & Ride sites at Harlescott, Meole Brace and Oxon which operate Mondays to Saturdays, every 10 to 15 minutes. Alight at High Street for Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

By rail: Trains run regularly to Shrewsbury railway station from Wales, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Chester, Crewe, Manchester etc. Virgin Trains runs two services a day (once on Sundays) between Shrewsbury and London. It's a 10 minutes walk to the Museum & Art Gallery.
Two for one admission to Museum & Art Gallery for rail passengers here:-
https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/shrewsbury-museum-art-gallery

By bus: the Bus Station is next to Smithfield Road and close to the railway station. Bus timetables are on www.travelshropshire.co.uk

By cycle: Shrewsbury is a cycle friendly town. There are cycle racks outside the front of the Museum & Art Gallery.

Additional info

Visitor Information Centre
Stop. Cafe with inside and courtyard seating, open daily.
Lift to all floors.
Accessible toilets on every floor.

The collections of Shrewsbury Museums Service comprise about 166,000 items including Geology, Natural History, Archaeology, Social History, Fine and Decorative Arts. These include collections of National and Regional Importance. Significant collections include excavated items from the Roman town of Viroconium at Wroxeter and large collections of Caughley and Coalport Porcelain.
Click the icons on the homepage at www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk for more details of our collections.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Weapons and War, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport, Photography, Trade and Commerce, Film and Media, Industry, Literature

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Stained glass window St Winifraede Church Newport

'Heavenly Lights: The Untold Story of Stained Glass Artist Margaret Agnes Rope'

  • 12 September 2016 — 15 January 2017 *on now

Margaret Agnes Rope, who was born and raised in Shrewsbury, was one of the greatest stained-glass artists of the early twentieth century, and her works can be seen all over the world.

Despite her obvious genius, her name is hardly remembered at all; and we hope this exhibition – the first dedicated solely to her work and times – will give her reputation the boost it deserves.

The Rope family were prominent in the town before the Second World War, and many local people may have knowledge, or even memories, of Doctor Rope and his wife and six children (of whom ‘Marga’ was one). Marga herself was something of a rebel in her Shrewsbury days – known for her cigar-smoking and for riding motorbikes!

However – hardly anything is known of the actual details of Margaret’s life. She left no records, as far as we know, nor did her family. We don’t even know what schooling she received as a child.

So, as we prepare and build up to the exhibition, there will be a lot of research and archive-studies into her life and works!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £4.50, child £2, person of state pension age £4.00, student £3.60, family 2 adults + 3 children £10, 1 adult + 3 children. Discount for groups of 12+ people.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/heavenly-lights-the-untold-story-of-stained-glass-artist-margaret-agnes-rope-exhibition-comes-to-shrewsbury-museum-art-gallery-this-autumn/

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.
Friends of Shrewsbury Museum Talk- 4th October 2016

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum Talk- 'Margaret Rope & The Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement'

  • 4 October 2016 3:30-4:30pm

Tuesday 4 October 2016 at 3.30pm: ‘Margaret Rope & The Women of The Arts & Crafts Movement’ talk by Dr Sally Hoban (University of Birmingham) – at Shrewsbury Museum. This talk is supporting the Margaret Agnes Rope Retrospective Exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

Admission

Entry is by ticket, which is available from the Shrewsbury Museum Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888
Tickets are free to Friends of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (on presentation of their Membership Card) and cost £3 for non-members.
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, as limited places.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

St Winifriede

Projection of Stained Glass Images by Margaret Rope on to Facade of Shrewsbury Museum'

  • 25 October 2016 7-9pm

'Andy McKeown's Giant Light-Show' is the latest work by international light artist, Andy McKeown, with a display of giant images of stained-glass by Margaret Rope - projected on to the front exterior of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

Please note that this is a one-time only event. The Museum including 'Heavenly Lights - the untold story of Shrewsbury stained glass artist Margaret Agnes Rope' will be also open for admission during the show, until 9pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Stained glass workshop.

'Inspired by Stained Glass' Workshops For Children

  • 25 October 2016 5-9pm
  • 26 October 2016 10am-2pm

Drop in workshops for children with community artist Jamila Walker; making jam-jar lanterns and coloured designs out of straws. Parents invited too! Free, with museum admission. The workshops run from 5pm to 9pm. Large images of stained glass works by Margaret Rope will be projected on to the front of the Museum & Art Gallery on this evening only by international light artist Andy McKeown between 7 and 9pm. This is in connection with the exhibition 'Heavenly Lights - the untold story of Shrewsbury stained glass artist Margaret Agnes Rope' (12th Sept - 15th January). The workshops will also run on Wednesday 26th October between 10am and 2pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in admission ticket to Museum & Art Gallery: adult £4.50, child £2, senior of state pension age £4.00, student £3.60, family (1 + 3) £7, family (2 + 3) £10.00.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/events

An introduction to Caughley Porcelain by Emma-Kate Lanyon, Maurice Wright and David Waterhouse

  • 1 November 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Part of the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery lecture programme-Join us for' An Introduction to Caughley Porcelain' by Emma-Kate Lanyon, Maurice Wright and David Waterhouse.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Entry is by ticket, which is available from the Shrewsbury Museum Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888 Tickets are free to Friends of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (on presentation of their Membership Card) and cost £3 for non-members. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, as limited places

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum Talk- David Evans of Shrewsbury and the Revival of Gothic Stained Glass- a talk by art-historian Martin Crampin

  • 17 November 2016 3:30-4:30pm

David Evans of Shrewsbury and the Revival of Gothic Stained Glass’, a talk by art-historian Martin Crampin (Aberystwyth University) at Shrewsbury Museum.

Admission

Entry is by ticket, which is available from the Shrewsbury Museum Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888
Tickets are free to Friends of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (on presentation of their Membership Card) and cost £3 for non-members.
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, as limited places

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Talk

  • 30 November 2016 3:30-4:30pm

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Talk- Temples, Tombs and Treasure. Archaeology in Ethiopia by Louise Schofield

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Entry is by ticket, which is available from the Shrewsbury Museum Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888 Tickets are free to Friends of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (on presentation of their Membership Card) and cost £3 for non-members. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, as limited places

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Talk

  • 25 January 2017 3:30-4:30pm

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Talk - 'New Discoveries at the Iron Bridge' by David de Haan; former Director of the Ironbridge Institute.

Admission

Entry is by ticket, which is available from the Shrewsbury Museum Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888 Tickets are free to Friends of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (on presentation of their Membership Card) and cost £3 for non-members. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, as limited places

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

'William Hazeldine - Ironmaster Extraordinary' Talk by Andrew Pattison

  • 14 March 2017 3:30-4:30pm

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery- 'William Hazeldine - Ironmaster Extraordinary' Talk by Andrew Pattison

Admission

Entry is by ticket, which is available from the Shrewsbury Museum Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888 Tickets are free to Friends of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (on presentation of their Membership Card) and cost £3 for non-members. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, as limited places

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

'Making the Most of 3D digitisation in Museums'

  • 10 May 2017 3:30-4:30pm

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery- Talk- 'Making the Most of 3D digitisation in Museums' by James Grimster from Orange Leaf Systems

Admission

Entry is by ticket, which is available from the Shrewsbury Museum Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888 Tickets are free to Friends of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (on presentation of their Membership Card) and cost £3 for non-members. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, as limited places

Website

http://www.shrewesburymuseum.org.uk

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.
Brochure

Autumn brochure

https://www.flickr.com/photos/shrewsburymuseum/albums/72157657160616691

A new brochure promoting visits to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and Shrewsbury Castle & Shropshire Regimental Museum.

How to obtain

From Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury Library, Shrewsbury Archives, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm and more.

Darwin Country educational website

http://www.darwincountry.org

Life-long Learning multi-disciplinary website about the part of the West Midlands and Wales broadly centered on Shrewsbury, the County Town of Shropshire and Birthplace of Charles Darwin. The first phase of this project focusses particularly on the 18th/19th centuries including nearly 3000 images of pictures, ceramics and other items from the collections of Shrewsbury Museums Service, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and the Wedgwood Museum. However, the site is under continuing expansion and includes hundreds of images of prehistoric and later archaeological artefacts.

Creator

  • Shrewsbury Museums Service
  • Orangeleaf Systems Ltd.
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
  • Wedgwood Museum

Publisher

  • Shrewsbury Museums Service

Discover Shropshire's History

http://www.shropshirehistory.org.uk/

Discover Shropshire's History brings together the collections of Shropshire Museums, Archives and Monument Record alongside those of community groups and organisations to privide a wealth of historical information about Shropshire.

The Shropshire Gallery at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Photo library at Flickr.com

https://www.flickr.com/photos/114658378@N03/sets/72157641162793754/

Some images of the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery following its £10m restoration.

Creator

  • Shropshire Council

Publisher

  • Shropshire Council

How to obtain

From www.flickr.com

Lord Hill

Shropshire, Lord Hill & Waterloo200

http://docdroid.net/wbjc

A guide to events and places to visit associated with Lord Hill and The Battle of Waterloo.

Creator

  • Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery/Shropshire Council Tourism Team

Publisher

  • Shropshire Council

How to obtain

Download from the link

Getting there

By road: Take any road signed Shrewsbury off the A5/A49 by-pass and follow the signs for long stay parking in the town centre. Follow pedestrian signs to Museum & Art Gallery.

There are three Park & Ride sites at Harlescott, Meole Brace and Oxon which operate Mondays to Saturdays, every 10 to 15 minutes. Alight at High Street for Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

By rail: Trains run regularly to Shrewsbury railway station from Wales, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Chester, Crewe, Manchester etc. Virgin Trains runs two services a day (once on Sundays) between Shrewsbury and London. It's a 10 minutes walk to the Museum & Art Gallery.
Two for one admission to Museum & Art Gallery for rail passengers here:-
https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/shrewsbury-museum-art-gallery

By bus: the Bus Station is next to Smithfield Road and close to the railway station. Bus timetables are on www.travelshropshire.co.uk

By cycle: Shrewsbury is a cycle friendly town. There are cycle racks outside the front of the Museum & Art Gallery.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
The Music Hall
The Square
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY1 1LH
England

Website

www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

E-mail

shrewsburymuseum@shropshire.gov.uk

Telephone

01743 258885

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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