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

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4.30pm.
The main galleries will be closed from 18th to 25th January inclusive. The Roman Gallery, Visitor Information Centre and shop will be open normal hours but closed on 24th January.

Admission charges

£4.00 per adult
£3.50 per senior citizen
£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)
Season tickets, group rates and combined tickets available.
The Prehistory & Roman Gallery is free of charge to enter.
Prices may change on 1st April 2016. See website for updates.

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.

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.
Historic Wappenshall

Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Exhibition

  • 26 January — 16 April 2016 *on now

The Shrewsbury Canal was constructed in 1797. It immediately hastened the delivery, and lowered the price, of coal from the East Shropshire coalfields to the county town. In 1835 Shrewsbury was connected to the main canal network of the country by the construction of the Newport canal, from Wappenshall on the Shrewsbury canal, to Norbury Junction on the Birmingham and Liverpool canal.

The canal fell into disuse during the 1930s and was eventually abandoned in the 1960s. The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust was formed in 2000 with the objective of restoring these canals to their former glory.

The exhibition will include maps, photographs, a timeline and artefacts, illustrating the history of canal building, domestic life on the canals, the methods used and the progress being made in the restoration of our Shrewsbury canal.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

The exhibition is included in the general admission price to the Museum & Art Gallery. Adult £4, senior £3.50, student £3.60, child £2, family £10. Prices may change on 1st April 2016. See website for updates. Closed 18th to 25th January.

Website

http://cms.snct.co.uk/press-releases

photograph of examples of viking era objects in wooden boat

Valhalla – Life and Death in Viking Britain

  • 8 February — 5 June 2016

An exciting exhibition that brings together key Viking burial findings, objects that explore everyday life in Britain 1,000 years ago, and explores the latest archaeological research techniques.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to:

Discover significant artefacts from excavations in York, including two Viking-age skeletons that were recently unearthed in the city.

Learn how remains found in excavations can reveal the way Vikings commemorated and celebrated their dead using pagan boat burials, grave goods and ornately carved headstones.

Explore evidence from York and Shropshire, including the burials of a woman and a man and objects that relate to everyday life in Viking-age Britain.

Experience a special hands-on children’s area the world where puppetry and play encourages you to find out about Norse myths and sagas.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

The exhibition is included in the general admission to the Museum & Art Gallery. Adult £4, child (5-17) £2, senior (60+) £3.50, student £3.60, family (2 + 3) £10.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/new-exhibition-valhalla-life-and-death-in-viking-britain/

National Festival of LGBT History

  • 12 — 14 February 2016

The LGBT history celebration in Shrewsbury is called ‘ Back in Time’ and will be taking place over Valentine’s weekend so it is easy to remember! There are lots of plans afoot, starting with a launch event on Friday 12th February, a full agenda of information and entertainment on Saturday 13th and some fantastic film on Sunday 14th February. Keep checking the website for updates. Most events are ticketed – even if they are free to enter, as we have limited capacity so please do follow the links and book your tickets.

Website

http://shrewsburylgbthistory.org.uk/

Mary Webb Society

Treasures: The Literature and Landscape of Mary Webb’s Shropshire

  • 7 March — 5 June 2016

An exhibition celebrating Mary Webb’s writing, with pictures and photographs illustrating the natural beauty of her home county. Shrewsbury Museum’s writer in residence, Lisa Blower, will be drawing inspiration from the exhibition for her second novel and share her practice through live writing, workshops and readings.

There will be a special screening in April of the film 'Gone to Earth' at The Old Market Hall in Shrewsbury. See http://www.oldmarkethall.co.uk/shows/whatson for details in the New Year.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

The exhibition is included in the general admission ticket to the Museum & Art Gallery. Adult £4, senior £3.50, student £3.60, child £2, family £10. Prices may change after 1st April 2016. See website for updates.

Website

http://www.marywebbsociety.co.uk/

Stained glass window St Winifraede Church Newport

Exhibition of Stained Glass by Margaret Rope

  • 12 September 2016 — 15 January 2017

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, child £2, senior £3.50, student £3.60, family £10. Dates subject to alteration. Please check website before visiting.

Website

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

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.
A replica boat from the Viking era

Valhalla - Life and Death in Viking Britain

  • 8 February — 5 June 2016

The JORVIK Group’s Valhalla – Life and Death in Viking Britain exhibition brings together key Viking burial findings, objects that explore everyday life in Britain 1,000 years ago and the latest archaeological research techniques.

The exhibition displays significant artefacts from excavations in York including two Viking-age skeletons that were recently unearthed in the city. It examines how excavations can reveal the way Vikings commemorated and celebrated their dead using pagan boat burials, grave goods and ornately carved headstones.

New pathological research conducted by York Osteoarchaeology on the two Viking-age remains found in York tells visitors more about the person and when they were alive. Studies of wear and tear, scarring, breaks and other marks on bones, as well as dental remains, reveal information about the life they led, what sort of activities they were involved in and whether they were rich or poor.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Current Museum & Art Gallery admission charges: adult £4, child (5-17) £2, student £3.60, senior £3.50, family £10. Includes special exhibition and all galleries. Charges may be revised from 1st April 2016.

Website

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

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.
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

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.

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.

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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