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27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2DD United Kingdom
01244 972197http://grosvenormuseum.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/

Upcoming Events

November 2018

Unexpected Elegance: Female Fashion from the 1970s

1 November 2018 - 7 July 2019

The 1970s are often called ‘the decade that taste forgot’, but the dresses in this small exhibition show that this was far from true.

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£8.00

Guided Walking Tours of Chester with the Guild of Chester Tour Guides

1 November 2018 - 1 September 2019
|Recurring Event (See all)
until 21 January 2019

Your guide will lead you on a captivating journey through 2,000 years of history, taking in all the main sites along the way, including the Rows, Walls, River and the exterior of the Cathedral.

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Memento Mori: Tombs and Memorials in Cheshire

1 November 2018 - 24 February 2019

This exhibition presents watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs showing how Cheshire has commemorated its dead from the Romans to the present day.

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Dead Normal

1 November 2018 - 22 April 2019

The ways we have thought about and interacted with death depend on many factors and have changed over time.

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January 2019
£5.00

The Victorian Way of Death

22 January @ 2.30pm - 4.00pm

From horse-drawn hearses to jet jewellery, the Victorians lavished much more money on their funerals than on their weddings.

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Voices from the Holocaust

23 January @ 7.30pm - 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 Auschwitz, Dachau and Theresienstadt.

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£3.00

Café Crafts

24 January @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Tracey Todhunter, freelance knitwear designer and author of Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, for an afternoon of craft and chat in our 1940s café.

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£5.00

To Kill a King: The Regicide of Charles I

30 January @ 7.30pm - 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.

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February 2019

Grosvenor Museum ‘Quiet’ Afternoons

1 February @ 3.00pm - 4.30pm

For those who enjoy a ‘quieter’ visit to the museum, including people living with autism, their families and carers.

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£3.00

Café Crafts

7 February @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Tracey Todhunter, freelance knitwear designer and author of Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, for an afternoon of craft and chat in our 1940s café.

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£2.00

Museum Explorers

11 February @ 9.50am - 11.00am

Especially for ages 2-4, although younger siblings are also welcome.

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An Apt Person for the Job: The Work of an Anatomical Pathology Technician

12 February @ 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Jane Ruskin began her career as an APT in 1980, aged just seventeen. Since then she has cared for many thousands of deceased patients, run a busy mortuary single-handed, assisted in many murder investigations, and sought to further aesthetic developments in the post-mortem process.

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£10.00

My Funny Valentine

13 February @ 7.30pm - 9.00pm

Join us for a romantic night with a difference! Comedians from up and down the country will become professors and comment on the museum’s collections, filling you in on what they actually are.

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Make Do and Mend!

14 February @ 3.00pm - 4.30pm

Join us for an afternoon of making, doing and mending, inspired by the creative resourcefulness of people during wartime.

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A Loop in Time: The Story of Puddington

16 February @ 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Puddington is Chester’s furthest outpost. Writer and broadcaster Gee Williams, co-author of A Loop in Time, explores the 5,000 year survival of this strange and secretive place.

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£2.00

Dead Normal: A Pop-Up Archive

18 February

Horrible Handwriting! Decipher a 17th-century remedy for the plague.

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£2.00

Day of the Dead Mask Making

19 February @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

El Día de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – when lost loved ones are remembered and their lives celebrated by donning colourful clothes and painting skulls on faces.

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£2.00

Daffodil Windmills

20 February @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

“A host, of golden daffodils … Fluttering and dancing in the breeze”. Bring in the spring by making a daffodil-style windmill to take home!

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£2.00

Make your own Shrine

21 February @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join us to make a colourful shrine in celebration of your personal heroes who have helped make your life a pleasure to live.

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£3.00

Café Crafts

21 February @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Tracey Todhunter, freelance knitwear designer and author of Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, for an afternoon of craft and chat in our 1940s café.

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Life Masks

22 February

Making masks of a dead person’s face used to be a popular way to remember them. Join the staff of Co-op Funeralcare to make and take home your own ‘Life Mask’, modelled on your own face.

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March 2019

Grosvenor Museum ‘Quiet’ Afternoons

1 March @ 3.00pm - 4.30pm

For those who enjoy a ‘quieter’ visit to the museum, including people living with autism, their families and carers.

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£3.00

Café Crafts

7 March @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Tracey Todhunter, freelance knitwear designer and author of Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, for an afternoon of craft and chat in our 1940s café.

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£2.00

Museum Explorers

11 March @ 9.50am - 11.00am

Especially for ages 2-4, although younger siblings are also welcome.

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£3.00

The Invader’s Guide to David Ferry

13 March @ 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Stephen Clarke, Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies at the University of Chester and guest curator of the David Ferry exhibition, gives an overview of David’s career and work, from Blackpool to London to President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.

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Disabled Access Day

16 March @ 10.30am - 5.00pm

Join us for scheduled talks throughout the day about the collections on display in the less accessible galleries – see www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk for times.

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The Public Archaeology of Frontiers and Borderlands: The 4th University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference

20 March @ 9.00am - 5.00pm

From Hadrian’s Wall to Offa’s Dyke, from the Great Wall of China to the Berlin Wall, this conference explores the public archaeology of frontiers and borderlands.

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£5.00

Victorian Cemeteries

20 March @ 7.30pm - 8.30pm

The Victorians celebrated death as a part of human experience. Join Mike Higginbottom to discover the great Victorian cemeteries.

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£3.00

Café Crafts

21 March @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Tracey Todhunter, freelance knitwear designer and author of Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, for an afternoon of craft and chat in our 1940s café.

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£5.00

Art and Architecture of Liverpool: Lecture by Adrian Sumner

23 March @ 2.00pm - 3.15pm

The Pool of Life, as Jung called it, has sprung back to life after a period of trials and tribulations, to look like the world-class city that it has always been.

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£2.00

Dead Normal: A Pop-Up Archive

27 March

Horrible Handwriting! Decipher a 17th-century remedy for the plague.

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Ashes into Glass: Contemporary Commemorative Jewellery

28 March @ 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Ashes into Glass is the leading creator of ashes jewellery in the United Kingdom and worldwide. They produce fine jewellery for you to connect with your loved one by wearing it or just holding it in your hand.

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April 2019

Disney Film Classic: Alice in Wonderland (1951)

2 April @ 11.00am - 12.15pm

Lewis Carroll’s fantasy tale is brought to life in this animated classic.

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£2.00

Fantastic Fossils

2 April @ 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Come and learn about uncovering fossils and then make your very own fossil to take home.

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£2.00

Fish Houses

3 April @ 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Inspired by David Ferry’s wonderfully quirky images, make a 3D shadow box picture of fish swimming through the rooms of a country house.

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£5.00

Carry On with Cake

3 April @ 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Join us for Carry On Henry, a towering example of bawdy British humour featuring a Henry VIII very loosely based on historical fact.

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Disney Film Classic: Pinocchio (1940)

4 April @ 11.00am - 12.30pm

When the woodworker Geppetto sees a falling star, he wishes that Pinocchio – the puppet he has just finished making – could become a real boy.

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£2.00

Flower Wreaths

4 April @ 12.30pm - 2.30pm

As beautiful spring flowers are starting to bloom, join us in making your very own flower wreaths.

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£3.00

Café Crafts

4 April @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Tracey Todhunter, freelance knitwear designer and author of Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, for an afternoon of craft and chat in our 1940s café.

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Grosvenor Museum ‘Quiet’ Afternoons

5 April @ 3.00pm - 4.30pm

For those who enjoy a ‘quieter’ visit to the museum, including people living with autism, their families and carers.

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Disney Film Classic: Alice in Wonderland (1951)

6 April @ 11.00am - 12.15pm

Lewis Carroll’s fantasy tale is brought to life in this animated classic.

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Disney Film Classic: Pinocchio (1940)

7 April @ 2.00pm - 3.30pm

When the woodworker Geppetto sees a falling star, he wishes that Pinocchio – the puppet he has just finished making – could become a real boy.

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£2.00

Ghost Dogs

9 April @ 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Take a look at our Dead Normal exhibition, then join us to make your very own spooky ghost dog.

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Disney Film Classic: Pinocchio (1940)

10 April @ 11.00am - 12.30pm

When the woodworker Geppetto sees a falling star, he wishes that Pinocchio – the puppet he has just finished making – could become a real boy.

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£2.00

Butterfly Planters

10 April @ 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Discover how to make your garden or school playground a flutterby-butterfly friendly zone!

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Disney Film Classic: Alice in Wonderland (1951)

11 April @ 11.00am - 12.15pm

Lewis Carroll’s fantasy tale is brought to life in this animated classic.

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£2.00

Paper Nests

11 April @ 12.30pm - 2.30pm

With spring upon us, come and join us in making a paper nest complete with your very own bird to sit in it.

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The Story of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd

11 April @ 2.00pm - 3.00pm

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd, which provides palliative and end of life care to people living with a progressive life limiting illness, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

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Disney Film Classic: Pinocchio (1940)

13 April @ 11.00am - 12.30pm

When the woodworker Geppetto sees a falling star, he wishes that Pinocchio – the puppet he has just finished making – could become a real boy.

Find out more »

Disney Film Classic: Alice in Wonderland (1951)

14 April @ 2.00pm - 3.15pm

Lewis Carroll’s fantasy tale is brought to life in this animated classic.

Find out more »

Death is Not the End: Preparing for Eternity in Ancient Egypt

17 April @ 2.00pm - 3.00pm

The modern perception of ancient Egypt is that its inhabitants were morbidly obsessed with death.

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£3.00

Café Crafts

18 April @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Tracey Todhunter, freelance knitwear designer and author of Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, for an afternoon of craft and chat in our 1940s café.

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Going the Distance: 480 Years of Racing at the Roodee

20 April - 6 October

Once likened to racing on ‘green velvet’ by jockey Lester Piggott, Chester’s hallowed Roodee turf is uniquely positioned at the heart of the city.

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£2.00

Something to Do at the Weekend

20 April @ 11.00am - 1.00pm

Try an assortment of things you might not have done before, with activities coming from a 1960s book designed to spark the imagination in an age before computers.

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£8.00

Daphne in the Dark

24 April @ 7.00pm - 9.30pm

Join us for an atmospheric showing in a darkened museum of the 1973 thriller Don’t Look Now, based on Daphne du Maurier’s short story and starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.

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May 2019
£3.00

Café Crafts

2 May @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Tracey Todhunter, freelance knitwear designer and author of Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, for an afternoon of craft and chat in our 1940s café.

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Grosvenor Museum ‘Quiet’ Afternoons

3 May @ 3.00pm - 4.30pm

For those who enjoy a ‘quieter’ visit to the museum, including people living with autism, their families and carers.

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£2.00

Museum Explorers

13 May @ 9.50am - 11.00am

Especially for ages 2-4, although younger siblings are also welcome.

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£3.00

Chester’s Civil War: regional capital or damp squib?

15 May @ 1.00pm - 2.00pm

In the first of three lectures examining the English civil war of 1642-46 in this region, Professor Peter Gaunt explores Chester as a royalist stronghold and parliamentarian objective.

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£3.00

Café Crafts

16 May @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Tracey Todhunter, freelance knitwear designer and author of Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, for an afternoon of craft and chat in our 1940s café.

Find out more »
£3.00

Cheshire’s Civil War: three months of action, three years of stalemate

22 May @ 1.00pm - 2.00pm

In the second of three lectures examining the English civil war of 1642-46 in this region, Professor Peter Gaunt explores the civil war within Cheshire.

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Britain in the Fifties

23 May @ 3.00pm - 4.30pm

A chance to enjoy a nostalgic look at Britain during the 1950s in the comfort of our Lecture Theatre. Film show, plus handling session with artefacts from the decade and 1950s-themed refreshements.

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£2.00

Silly Storybooks

28 May @ 12.30pm - 2.30pm

David Ferry makes surreal books by sticking pictures from one type of book onto the pages of another. Come and make your own little book filled with pictures you’ve chosen and cut out of magazines, and write a story to go with the pictures.

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£2.00

The Terrific Triassic

29 May @ 12.30pm - 2.30pm

A strange alien creature wends its way across a barren scarlet desert … welcome to Cheshire in the Terrific Triassic era!

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£3.00

North Wales’s Civil War: there’s a war on, but where’s the fighting?

29 May @ 1.00pm - 2.00pm

In the third of three lectures examining the English civil war of 1642-46 in this region, Professor Peter Gaunt looks west, across the border, to reassess the standing and nature of royalism in northern and mid Wales.

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£2.00

Cupcakes!

30 May @ 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Inspired by the cakes in David Ferry’s book Cake Walking in Scotland, decorate – and eat! – some cupcakes.

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£3.00

Café Crafts

30 May @ 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Tracey Todhunter, freelance knitwear designer and author of Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet, for an afternoon of craft and chat in our 1940s café.

Find out more »
June 2019

Grosvenor Museum ‘Quiet’ Afternoons

7 June @ 3.00pm - 4.30pm

For those who enjoy a ‘quieter’ visit to the museum, including people living with autism, their families and carers.

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