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 - Saturday: 10am to 4.30pm. Last admission 4pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm. Last admission 3pm
Closed on Mondays.

Visitor Information Centre closes at 4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.

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.
An image of the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery's logo.

Talks Programme - Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

  • 9 January 2019 From 3:30pm
  • 10 February 2019 From 2:30pm
  • 12 March 2019 From 3:30pm
  • 10 April 2019 From 3:30pm

Tuesday 25 September after the AGM at 18.00

Cerin Richardson, Acting Arts Officer Shropshire Council ‘ The Work of the Arts Officer’

Cerin will talk about her work, which encompasses involvement across the spectrum of all the arts initiatives promoted by Shropshire Council. She has recently been very much involved in the WO100 programme of events commemorating Wilfred Owen and the centenary of the end of the first World War.



Wednesday 10 October at 15.30

Phyllida Shaw ‘An Artist’s War – the Art and Letters of Morris and Meredith Williams’

Phyllida will share the First World War sketchbooks of her great uncle Morris Meredith Williams and his correspondence with his sculptor wife, Alice, during his three years with the the army in France. After the war the two artists worked together on several war memorials, including the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.

Her recent book ‘An Artists War’ has received wide acclaim.



Wednesday 24 October at 15.30

Andrew Bannerman ‘None that go return again’; a talk with readings focused on the work of Wilfred Owen.

Andrew Bannerman, well known to us as an inspirational teacher, producer and actor, will give us a talk as part of the WO100 programme focusing on Owen’s life and the conditions that gave rise to his poetry.



Saturday 3 November at 11.00 and 14.00

‘Owen Aloud’ – readings of Wilfred Owen’s poems at the Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury – free entry to the public.



Wednesday 14 November at 15.30

Bob Fowke ‘Robert Clive and Shropshire’.

Bob is a well known author of children’s history books but recently he has focused on the life of Robert Clive, both in India and in Britain. In this talk Bob will talk about the somewhat controversial life of Clive when he lived in Shropshire.



Wednesday 9 January at 15.30

Peter Reavill of the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme on ‘Recent Archaeological Finds in Shropshire – and the work of the British Museum’s Scheme’.

Peter will update us on some of the highly important archaeological finds that have been made recently in the county.



Sunday 10 February at 14.30

the Darwin Memorial Lecture, in the Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn – tickets must be bought from the theatre.

Peter Moore – ‘Robert FitzRoy: a Napoleon or a Nelson?’

“Charles Darwin’s captain on HMS Beagle was no ordinary man. The grandson of a prime minister, nephew to Lord Castlereagh and a superb sailor, when a young Darwin met FitzRoy in 1831 he was overwhelmed by FitzRoy’s bravery. energy and generosity ‘to all under his sway’. It was the beginning of a long acquaintance that passed from friendship to animosity. FitzRoy’s many virtues were outset by a violent, ungovernable temper and an impetuous streak that brought him notoriety in later life. This lecture looks back at Robert FitzRoy’s extraordinary life as a sailor, a scientist and the founding father of the Met Office.”
“Peter Moore is a writer, journalist and lecturer. He teaches at City University and the University of Oxford. He has written widely on Britain in the Age of Enlightenment. His book The Weather Experiment, a Sunday Times bestseller, traced early efforts to forecast the weather. It was named one of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2015 and was adapted for a BBC4 documentary series. His latest work is Endeavour: the ship and the attitude that changed the world.


Tuesday 12 March at 15.30

Daniel Lockett ‘Mammoths to Minerals: digitising Shropshire’s geology’.

Daniel will talk about his work on the digitisation of some of the museum’s collections in Ludlow – with particular reference to Shropshire’s geology.



Wednesday 10 April at 15.30

David de Haan ‘The Early Iconography of the Iron Bridge’.

In this fascinating talk David, former director of the Iron Bridge Trust,will show some of the early pictorial representations of the bridge and discuss their importance.



All talks, with the exception of the Darwin lecture, will be given at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Entrance is by ticket and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as there are only 70 seats.

Tickets are free for Friends.

Non-members are also welcome at a cost of £3.

Both Friends and guests must acquire tickets from the Visitor Information Centre – In person or by
Phone: 01743 258888
Email: visitorinfo@shropshire.gov.uk

Website

https://friendsofsmag.wordpress.com/talks-programme/

An image of The Quarry Park in Shrewsbury

Playing the Quarry in Shakespeare’s England

  • 18 November 2018 2:30-3:30pm

A little known fact about the quarry is its references within literature. This is an informal workshop about the Quarry’s hidden theatrical and literary past with Dr Anna Mackenzie and Dr Liz Oakley-Brown from Lancaster University

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/shrewsburys-quarry-past-and-future/

An image of children painting at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Crafting the Quarry

  • 18 November 2018 11:30am-2:30pm

A family friendly drop in print making session with visual artist Jamila Walker in our Walker Suite, using natural found objects from the Quarry. Open to all ages,all children must be accompanied, no artistic skills required.

No registration is required but room capacity is limited.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
The Square
Shrewsbury
SY1 1LH
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY1 1LH

Additional info

A lift provides access to all floors
Seating is provided throughout the building
Accessible WC on each floor

Website

https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/shrewsburys-quarry-past-and-future/

An image of The Quarry Park in Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury’s Quarry: Origins and Legacy

  • 18 November 2018 11am-12pm

Delivered by garden historian Advolly Richmond in the Vaughan's Suite, this illustrated talk considers how the Quarry has functioned as an important social space since the 16th century and asks how that legacy might be developed for future local communities.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Where

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
The Square
Shrewsbury
SY1 1LH
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY1 1LH

Additional info

A lift provides access to all floors
Benches and seating are provided throughout the building
Accessible WC on each floor

Website

https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/shrewsburys-quarry-past-and-future/

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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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Willow workshop

  • 8 December 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

Come and learn how to make one of my most popular products – either the twisted willow heart or angel centrepiece – in a 2 hour workshop in the heart of the beautiful town of Shrewsbury. Either one makes the perfect rustic centrepiece or ornament for the festive season.

All materials and tools will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary.

Cost: £30 per person

Saturday 8th December 2018

10.30am-12.30pm

Suitable age 16+

Tutor: Ben Mayho – Wild Craftist

To book: please contact 01743 258881 or email museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£30 per person

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Christmas Wreath Workshop- Wed 12th Dec 1-4pm

  • 12 December 2018 1-4pm

Join us for a special afternoon at our festive workshop and bring back memories of childhood. Make a Christmas Wreath and decorations with seasonal greenery and natural materials from Acton Scott estate.
All materials and seasonal refreshments provided. £4 per person
To book a place please call 01743 341995

Admission

£4 per person
To book please call 01743 341995

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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

http://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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