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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Unexpected Elegance: Female fashion from the 1970's

  • 8 July 2017 — 7 July 2019 *on now

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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Memento Mori: Tombs and Memorials in Cheshire

  • 17 October 2018 — 24 February 2019 *on now

As we remember the centenary of the end of the Great War, this exhibition presents watercolours, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture showing how Cheshire commemorated its dead from the Romans to the present day. With tombstones, tomb-chests and mural slabs, public sculptures, cenotaphs and a shrine, the imagery of commemoration ranges across the centuries with knights and their ladies, parents and their children, skeletons and skulls, heraldry, saints and angels.

Admission

Free entry to museum suggested donation £3 per person.

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Dead Normal: Death in Everyday Life

  • 27 October 2018 — 22 April 2019 *on now

Death is a universal occurrence - people have always died, and still do. The ways we have thought about and interacted with death depend on many factors and have changed over time. This exhibition explores the ways different cultures and communities have tried to make sense of the end of life, mourned their loved ones, and chosen to remember them.

Admission

Free entry to museum suggested donationn £3 per person.

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Winter Watch

  • 24 November 2018 — 27 January 2019 *on now

The Midsummer and Winter Watch parades are a unique part of Chester's history, still enjoyed by hundreds of people each year. This exhibition explores the work which goes into staging them and gives a glimpse behind the scenes of these iconic events.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry to museum suggested donation £3 per person.

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Castle Street at Christmas

  • 1 December 2018 — 6 January 2019 *on now

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and step back in time to the Christmas of yesteryear. Come and see our period rooms decked out in festive finery, and discover how the people of Chester have celebrated Christmas over the last 350 years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Museum free entry but suggested donation £3 per person.

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.

Grosvenor Museum 'Quiet' Afternoons

  • 4 January 2019 3-4:30pm
  • 1 February 2019 3-4:30pm

Aimed at those who enjoy a 'quieter' visit to the museum, including people living with autism and their families and carers. Wherever possible we dim the lights and turn the recorded sounds down. Our 'quiet' afternoons are themed, with hands - on activities to engage all ages and abilities. Pre - visit orientation pack available from Virginia Kettle on 01244 972120 or virginia.kettle@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission free, suggested donation £1.50.

Museum Explorers

  • 14 January 2019 9:45-11am

Come and explore nature's changing seasons and discover lots of exciting things from the past through play, crafts, stories and songs.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Museum Free entry suggested donation £1.50.

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Family film screening of "Frozen Sing- Along"

  • 5 January 2019 11am-12:45pm

Come and join Elsa, Olaf, Anna, Sven and more of your favourite characters for a Christmas sing- along.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, but booking essential through www.experiencechester.co.uk

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Family film screening of "Elf"

  • 29 December 2018 11am-12:45pm

The sweet and funny story of Buddy, a human who grows up amongst Santa's elves, and his trip to New York to look for his father. Buddy finds his father, and the two of them slowly get to know each other, with increasingly chaotic results.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, but booking essential through www.experiencechester.co.uk

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Twelfth Night Riddle Trail

  • 1 December 2018 — 6 January 2019 *on now

Twelfth Night- traditionally the last day of Yuletide- was once a time of fun and feasting. Come and follow our museum trail, inspired by traditional Twelfth Night riddles, caricatures and parlour games. Pick up a copy from reception.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
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Family Film screening of "Polar Express"

  • 22 December 2018 11am-12:45pm
  • 2 January 2019 11am-12:45pm

A boy who doesn't think that Santa Claus exists takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, but booking essential through www.experiencechester.co.uk

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The Victorian Way of Death

  • 22 January 2019 2:30-4pm

From horse-drawn hearses to jet jewellery, the Victorians lavished much more money on their funerals than on their weddings. Find out why as Dr. Amanda Draper lifts the veil on cryptic customs shrouding a Victorian Death.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Grosvenor Museum Society members free, Non-members £5.

Voices from the Holocaust

  • 23 January 2019 7:30-8:30pm

A moving opportunity to see and discuss original correspondence written by prisoners, while they were living and, often dying in Second World War Nazi concentration camps including Aushwitz, Dachau and Theresienstadt. Presented by Anthony Annakin- Smith, local author and historian. The material allows us to enter briefly the real lives of victims and to hear their emotions and experiences.Moving, enlightening and powerful.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3

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To Kill a King: The Regicide of Charles I

  • 30 January 2019 7:30-8:30pm

At 2pm on Tuesday 30 January 1649, King Charles I stepped onto a wooden scaffold outside Whitehall's Banqueting House, knelt down in front of an audience of thousands and was publicly beheaded as a traitor. From imprisonment and trial to execution and legacy, historian Rebecca Rideal unravels one of the most important events in British history -the regicide of Charles I.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Price £5: tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/westcheshiremuseums

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

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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

http://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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