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Chester Heritage Festival: Telling the story of our city and its people

22 June - 30 June
The city is the stage as walks, talks, films, exhibitions, workshops and special activities for young people bring Chester and its heritage to life.

The People of Roman Chester

26 June @ 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Lecture Theatre Free. A chance to learn about some of the people of Roman Chester – men and women, soldiers and civilians, young and old, slave and free. Dr Peter Carrington’s illustrated talk is based on the Grosvenor Museum’s internationally important collection of tombstones, followed by an optional tour of the Stories in Stone gallery. Part of Chester Heritage Festival

The Centenary of the First World War: New Directions or Old Histories?

26 June @ 5.30pm - 7.30pm
In 2012 the British government pledged £50 million to mark the centenary of the Great War. This evening’s event sees four historians and heritage experts debate the wider achievements of the centenary: Jenny Macleod (University of Hull), Charlotte Czyzyk (Imperial War Museum), Jasdeep Singh (National Army Museum) and Kathrin Pieren (Jewish Museum, London).

Tea and Talk: Visual Arts Cheshire

27 June @ 3.00pm - 4.00pm
The Members of Visual Arts Cheshire, a Northwich-based community arts group, have been back exploring the museums stores and creating work in response to some of the more unusual artefacts in our collections.

Chester Archaeological Society Conference

29 June - 30 June
Friday 7-9pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. £18, pre-booking essential. Professor Howard Williams will give the keynote lecture on Friday evening entitled Offa and Wat’s Dyke: Reassessment of a Frontier.

The Great War: Modernist Art on the Front Line

18 July @ 1.30pm - 3.00pm
Lecture Theatre Pay at the door. Join Adrian Sumner for a look at Modernist art recording history. Not only were many of the most important Modernists (such as Paul Nash, Christopher Nevinson and David Bomberg) also Official War Artists, but their style, mostly derived from Cubism and Futurism, was the perfect way of describing the violence and inhumanity of the new, mechanised, industrial warfare. This lecture examines the many theatres of war, including the major contribution made to preserving life…

Letters Home: Talk and Gallery Tour

21 July @ 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Award-winning Great War researcher Nigel Meyrick has curated the Letters Home exhibition, drawing together items gathered from local people during the Cheshire Great War Roadshows.

Michael Sandle: Exhibition Tour

19 September @ 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Professor Michael Sandle RA, who studied at Chester School of Art, is widely recognised as one of the finest sculptors in the world and is also a brilliant draughtsman and printmaker.

The Art of War: The Many Faces of Global Conflict

3 October @ 1.30pm - 3.00pm
After the Great War (not, as it turned out, the War to end all Wars) artists became regular fixtures in the proliferating violence which led to the Second World War and beyond, right down to the present day.
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