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.

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.
Valhalla from Jorvik

Valhalla - Life and Death in Viking Britain

  • 8 February — 5 June 2016 *on now

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

Mary Webb Society

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

  • 7 March — 5 June 2016 *on now

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 on 20th April at 7pm of the film 'Gone to Earth' at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury. To book see http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/film/gone-to-earth/

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/

Dining Room

Exhibition 'The Big House - The History of Shelton Hospital'

  • 29 April — 24 July 2016 *on now

Custom built and opened in 1845, Shelton Hospital treated over 1,000 patients at its height. Behind the asylum walls the hospital was a self-sufficient community, with its own cricket and football sides, a band, a farm and even a brewery.

In September 2012 the hospital closed and its role has been taken over by a new mental health village built nearby. The Grade II listed building is now being adapted into housing by Shropshire Homes.

This exhibition brings together some of the archival material, artefacts and memories collected as part of a heritage project during the hospital’s final days which aimed to record the long history of the site.

Project Officer and local historian Dan Reeves says "There are a lot of local people whose lives this place has touched. The idea of this project is to humanise the statistics you always get and to get the human stories that go behind those statistics."

Admission

Included in the general admission ticket to the Museum & Art Gallery. Adult £4.50, person of state pension age £4.00, student £3.60, child (5-17) £2, family (2 adults + 3 children) £10, family (1 adult + 3 children) £7.

Tilting the Ring Cups

Exhibition: 'Wenlock and the Modern Olympics'

  • 13 June — 28 August 2016

To coincide with this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is mounting a major display of Wenlock Olympian Games memorabilia. This will provide visitors with an in-depth look at the Wenlock Olympian Society’s contribution to the rebirth of these modern Olympic Games and the unique role played by Doctor William Penny Brookes in that story.

Of particular recent interest are four silver cups which have been returned from Zimbabwe one hundred and forty years after they were won at the Wenlock Olympian Games. Charles Ainsworth won the cups for the ‘Tilting at the Ring’ event in 1876, 1878, 1882 and 1887. This was fast and dangerous, required great skill and horsemanship and was loved by both competitors and spectators. The rider had to unhook a ring (the size of a 50 pence piece) that hung down from a crossbar. Later, hurdles were added to the competition to increase the difficulty.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in the general admission for the Museum & Art Gallery. Adult £4.50, person of state pension age £4, student £3.60, child £2, family (2 adults + 3 children) £10, family (1 adult + 3 children) £7.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

Edwardian car at Seaside

Exhibition: 'Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!'

  • 20 June — 28 August 2016

The exhibition was inspired by Shropshire Museums’ remarkable collection of over 30 early twentieth century glass lantern slides of Edwardians enjoying the sea air. “These slides were the holiday snaps of the time. They give us a rare glimpse into the lives of holiday-makers some 100 years ago.” says Emma-Kate Lanyon, Curator. Unlike many portrait photographs of the period, many of these pictures are often very informal and show another, more relaxed, side of Edwardian life.

This collection of images is complemented by items from Shropshire Museums’ collection including costume and contemporary holiday souvenirs. The exhibition also allows visitors to enjoy some of the many delights of a coastal resort with a wide range of activities for all the family based on ‘end of the pier’ entertainments.

Among the highlights are: a replica bathing machine built at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm: a selection of railway posters evoking the time when packed trains left Shrewsbury heading for the Welsh coast: a rock pool and beach: Punch and Judy: a display of period bathing costumes and much more.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in the general admission to the Museum & Art Gallery. Adult £4.50, person of state pension age £4, child (5-17) £2, student £3.60, family (2 adults + 3 children) £10, family (1 adult + 3 children) £7.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

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

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/

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.

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
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.

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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