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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Book/print SIGNING with Charlie Adlard

  • 2 June 2019 11am-1pm

Charlie will join us for special meet, greet and book/print signing event. Don't miss it!!
(museum admission charges apply)

Admission

Museum admission charges apply

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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Late Victorian and Edwardian Detective Fiction- adult education course

  • 13 May — 24 June 2019 *on now

Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown still enthrall readers. But they were not alone – the magazines of the late Victorian and Edwardian period were full of detective stories. The course will trace the rise of the detective in fiction throughout the 19th century, in particular in Poe, Dickens and Wilkie Collins. We will read and discuss a selection of Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton, as well as other late Victorian and Edwardian detective stories, and set them in their historical and cultural background, and attempt to understand why this was the first ‘golden age’ of the detective fiction genre.

Dates: Mondays 2-3.30pm 13th May, 20th May, 3rd June, 10th June, 17th June, 24th June 2019
Venue: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH
Cost: £60 per person (6 sessions)
Booking essential: 01743 258881 or email museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£60 per person (for 6 sessions)

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Reading Latin Poetry For Fun

  • 21 May — 2 July 2019 *on now

If you would like to join an enthusiastic group to read a selection of Latin poems with the help of the tutor, then this short course is for you.

There is no requirement to prepare for the class. Just come and enjoy the poetry, which will take an irreverent look at Roman society.

This class is not for beginners. You may have studied Latin for about three years, perhaps to O level or GCSE, but it doesn’t matter how long ago! You will have a chance to brush up your skills.

The classes are on Tuesdays from 9.45-11.15 a.m. on May 21st, June 18th and July 2nd at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Cost: £30 to include coffee or tea after the class.

Your tutor, Margaret Thorpe, has had much experience teaching Latin and Classical subjects to adults in Shrewsbury.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30 per person

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Heads of the Undead- Drawing workshop with Charlie Adlard

  • 1 June 2019 11am-12pm

Pick up a pencil and join us for a hands-on drawing workshop with celebrated comic book artist and Comics Laureate (Feb 2017 - Feb 2019) Charlie Adlard. In this interactive workshop Charlie will talk you through the skills necessary to draw your very own Zombie head. £10 per person (min age 7+) To book - www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum
Ticket price includes all day entry to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£10 per person

Website

http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum

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Sketchbook Sunday-First Sunday of the Month

  • 2 June 2019 — 6 December 2020

Throughout 2019, we are offering reduced entry of £2 on the first Sunday of the month, also know as Sketchbook Sunday . But how do you get entry for £2?
It’s simple, on the first Sunday of the month, bring your sketchbook with you when you visit us and show it to reception in the museum shop/ visitor information centre.

What is Sketchbook Sunday?

Sketchbook Sunday is part of a wider project in collaboration with Shropshire Libraries Service.

Sketchbooks and journals are usually private; a place to make mistakes, work out ideas. We are very grateful to those who have already agreed to share their work in this form, with the county.

For more information about the wider project, click here.
Useful information
– Those who present a sketchbook at the museum front desk on the 1st Sunday on the month gain a reduced entry price. £2 for adult and seniors, (no reduction in child tickets)
– Anyone who wishes to add to the communal sketchbooks dotted around the galleries are very welcome to. There’ll be a few art materials provided. Creatives are very welcome to work into their own sketchbooks; being inspired by the building, collection and other visitors
– The Hashtag for the those who wish to share their work produced during Sketchbook Sundays is #ShrewsSketchBookSundays
– Occasionally they’ll be loose optional themes to work to, the themes will be advertised within the communal sketchbooks and/or social media, and also to the sketchbook library e mailing list subscribers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Reduced rate of £2 per person when you show your sketchbook

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Creative Writing Course with Kate Innes

  • 12 June — 10 July 2019

Animal Magnetism -Creative Writing Class- with Kate Innes

How can we write convincingly and powerfully about animals – without sentimentalising them? How can we think our way into the lives of animals when our society is increasingly separated from the natural world?

Writer Kate Innes leads five workshops that will explore these questions. With access to the natural history collections at the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, as well as the freedom of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, course participants will have the opportunity to use creative writing to find the voices of animals and those that work with, and admire, them. Special guest, Jean Atkin, a writer who specialises in the natural world, will visit the group to share her work and provide prompts for taking our writing even deeper.

£67 per person. Contact museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk to book a place on the course or telephone 01743 258881.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£67 per person
To book- museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk or telephone 01743 258881

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EMBROIDERIES OF THE CORBET BED A practical day course

  • 14 June 2019 10:30am-3:30pm

The Corbet bed, on display in Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery displays beautifully embroidered hangings created by the ladies of the Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust. On this practical day course participants will have the opportunity to learn about the embroidery patterns,
fabrics and silks of the Tudor period and create your own sample
There will be two groups-
1. Master the basic techniques of embroidery and produce
your own slip to take home.
or 2. Learn how to finish your embroidery slip and apply it to a
fabric for use or display.

When: Friday 14th June 2019 Time: 10.30am -3.30 pm
Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery Price: £30
Tutor: Ladies from Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30 per person

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Garden History- 6 week course at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

  • 16 September — 21 October 2019

A six week course of lectures and visits, mainly about Western European gardens, which takes a simple chronological approach to the subject, looking at the main elements of garden design and their social, economic and cultural context. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion which will leave you inspired with ideas for further reading, personal research, and more.
Date: Monday’s …….16th Sept to 21st Oct 2019 six Mondays 10am-1pm
Venue: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Cost: £120 per person
To book: 01743 258881 or email museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£120 per person

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EMBROIDERIES OF THE CORBET BED - A pracctical day course

  • 11 October 2019 10:30am-3:30pm

The Corbet bed, on display in Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery displays beautifully embroidered hangings created by the ladies of the Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust. On this practical day course participants will have the opportunity to learn about the embroidery patterns,
fabrics and silks of the Tudor period and create your own sample
There will be two groups-
1. Master the basic techniques of embroidery and produce
your own slip to take home.
or 2. Learn how to finish your embroidery slip and apply it to a
fabric for use or display.

When: Friday 11th October 2019 Time: 10.30am -3.30 pm
Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery Price: £30
Tutor: Ladies from Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30 per person

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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