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

From 3rd October 2016 - Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm.
Sundays 11am to 4pm. Last admission or re-admission 3pm.
Closed on Mondays.
From October the Visitor Information Centre closes at 4pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays.

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

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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Seaside Songs with Sally Tonge

  • 22 August 2018 11-11:30am, 2-2:30pm

Come and sing songs of the sea, swish in the fabric ocean, bob in a boat and talk like a pirate. A session of playful songs and story ideas for the Museum’s youngest visitors and their families with Shropshire’s very own ‘Sally Song’!
Wednesdays 1 & 22 August
11am & 2pm
Standard Museum admission charge applies. Under 5’s free
Contact 01743 258888/258881 museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk to reserve your place.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

Standard museum admission charge applies. Under 5's free
To reserve your place please contact 01743 258888 / 258881 or email museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

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Lino cut workshops

  • 17 August 2018 10am-12pm, 2-4pm

Join lino print artist Amanda Hillier for a seaside themed lino cut workshops. You will use natural objects from the museum’s collection to design and print your own beautiful picture.
Friday 17th August
10am - 12pm or 2pm-4pm
£10 per peson
To book: 01743 258888 / 258881

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10 per person

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An evening of poetry with ANDREW McMILLAN - 6th September 2018

  • 6 September 2018 7:30-9:30pm

Join us at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on the 6th September at 7.30pm for a wonderful evening of poetry with Andrew McMillan. Ticket price is £12.50. Doors will be open from 6pm allowing you explore the museum and art galleries, including the special exhibition Titanic: Honor and Glory this is included in the ticket price.
Andrew will be reading from his new poetry collection playtime. This is his most recent collection published in August 2018. It focuses on the childhood and adolescence delving into the development of our sexual selves and adult identities. Analysing the rites of passage experienced as we enter and reach adulthood.
Andrew McMillan's debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award in 2015. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers' award (2014). It was shortlisted for numerous others including the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2016 and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Most recently physical has been translated into Norwegian (Aschehoug, 2017) and a bi-lingual French edition, Les Corps Des Hommes (Grasset, 2018). His second collection, playtime, will be published in August by Jonathan Cape. He is senior lecturer at the Manchester Writing School at MMU. (His words)
Liz Lefroy won the 2011 Roy Fisher Prize with her first pamphlet, Pretending the Weather. Her second, The Gathering, was published earlier in 2012, also by Long Face Press
Andrew’s debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers' award (2014). Most recently physical has been translated into Norwegian (Aschehoug, 2017) and a bi-lingual French edition, Les Corps Des Hommes (Grasset, 2018). His second collection, playtime, will be published by Jonathan Cape in 2018. He is senior lecturer at the Manchester Writing School at MMU and lives in Manchester. As well as poetry, he has written journalism for The Guardian and The Independent and appeared on BBC Radio 3 and 4 (Free Thinking, The Echo Chamber, Front Row, Something Understood).
Liz Lefroy doing a Q&A
Book signing

Admission

£12.50 per person
Tickets on sale in the Visitor Information Centre, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery or call 01743 258888 / 258885

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SHROPSHIRE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM- Talks at the Castle

  • 28 September 2018 7:30-9pm

28th September 2018 – Phillip Stevens “Verdun, the Battle that changed the 20th Century." At Shrewsbury Castle. Starting 7.30pm - Drinks from 7pm
All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Admission

All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Website

http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

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SHROPSHIRE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM- Talks 2018

  • 12 October 2018 7:30-9pm

12th October 2018 – Professor Gary Sheffield “How the Allies won the First World War in 1918?” Copthorne Army Reserve Centre Starting 7.30pm - Drinks from 7pm

Admission

All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Website

http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

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Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery presents…. ‘The Burying Party’ & ‘The Long Way Home’ double bill with Q & A with the film makers chaired by Carl Jones, BBC Shropshire film reviewer.

  • 8 November 2018 5-8:30pm

8th November 5.00pm
Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery presents….
‘The Burying Party’ & ‘The Long Way Home’ double bill with Q & A with the film makers chaired by Carl Jones, BBC Shropshire film reviewer.

The programme is expected to last about 3 hours. Refreshments will be available at Stop Café on the ground floor of the Museum & Art Gallery before the performance. There will be a short break between the two films.

‘The Burying Party’ (12A advisory, 2018, UK, director Richard Weston)
October 1918, the final month of World War I. Beginning with the extraordinary victory at Joncourt, war poet Wilfred Owen looks back on the final year of his life as the Manchesters march toward Sambre, a battle which will likely wipe out his entire regiment.
Looking back to Summer 1917, Owen remembers his admission to Craiglockhart Hospital due to shellshock, which led to the unlikely meeting with his literary idol Siegfried Sassoon. They begin a remarkable friendship that sees him introduce him to some of the most influential literary figures of his generation.
No longer a struggling poet, but convalescing with his contemporaries, Owen spends many spectacular bohemian days and nights in London. He forms a relationship with Charles Scott Moncrieff and is constantly reminded of the company's incredible war records and experiences and decides to return to the front line.
While Owen approaches Sambre, he remembers his final goodbyes with his closest friends and loved ones as they edge closer to the monstrous anger of the guns, writing home to comfort his mother of his near-certain demise.
www.theburyingparty.com
www.imdb.com/title/tt7996170/

‘The Long Way Home’ (15 advisory, 2018, UK, director Jacob Lewis-Taylor)
November, 1918
Silence falls on the Western Front.
In the aftermath of an horrific gas attack, the remnants of a small Shropshire Battalion, led by Capt. John Hemmingway - the younger son of the estate they all left behind - find themselves trapped on the British front line.
As the German guns fall silent and an impenetrable fog befalls no-man's land, the final days of the war become a desperate bid for survival as Capt. Hemmingway fights to hold on to what little sanity he has left.
https://thelongwayhomefilm.com/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6100528/

Tickets: £9 (age 15+) plus booking fee
Tel: 01743 258888 www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk
Tickets on sale through TICKETSOURCE:
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/wilfredowenww1

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£9

Website

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/wilfredowenww

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SHROPSHIRE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM- talks at the Castle 2018

  • 30 November 2018 7:30-9pm

30th November 2018 – Gareth Williams
“The Hidden Hand of Genius: Robert Adam, the Pulteney’s and Shrewsbury Castle”
Shrewsbury Castle Starting 7.30pm - Drinks from 7pm

Admission

All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Website

http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk/

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SHROPSHIRE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM- talks at the Castle 2019

  • 5 January 2019 7:30-9pm

5th January 2019 – Professor Dieter Steinert
“German prisoners of war in Britain 1945-1948”
Shrewsbury Castle
Starting 7.30pm- Drinks from 7pm

Admission

All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Website

http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk/

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SHROPSHIRE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM- talks at the Castle 2019

  • 22 February 2019 7:30-9pm

22nd February 2019 – Spencer Jones
“Battle of Le Cateau, 26th August 1914”.
Shrewsbury Castle
Starting 7.30pm - Drinks from 7pm.

Admission

All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Website

http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.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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