In celebration of Heritage Open Days, we are delighted to be offering free entry on Sunday 9 September 2018.
Visitors to the Museum will be able to experience the amazing collections on display that bring over 650 million years of history to life.
As well as free entry, we are thrilled to be offering FREE guided tours of the Museum giving you the opportunity to explore the collections more intimately than ever before. These tours will run at:
- 12pm – 1pm
- 2pm – 3pm
During your visit, you will come face-to-face with some of the best preserved mammoth bones
in the UK, take in one of the UK’s finest fossil collections, experience the Roman Gallery, and relive the voyage in the latest special exhibition, Titanic: Honour and Glory.
Come and discover the stories that make this county unique. Explore millions years of history through a thousand remarkable objects in the extraordinary set of buildings that house Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. From a medieval town house to an early Victorian Music Hall they span more than 750 years of history.
During your visit, you can also visit stop. café bar, the Museum’s vibrant café bar, which provides the perfect spot for relaxing after visiting the Museum’s galleries or taking a break from taking in the town of Shrewsbury.
Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the country; in 2015, over 4,800 events welcomed around three million visitors across England.
Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
NOTE: Participation on the guided tours will be on a first come, first serve basis.
On Thursday 8 November 2018, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to be showing ‘The Burying Party’ and ‘A Long Way Home’ as part of the Wilfred Owen 100 Film Festival.
This exciting double bill includes a Q&A session with the film makers chaired by Carl Hone, BBC Shropshire film reviewer.
The programme starts at 5pm and is expected to last about 3 hours. Refreshments will be available at Stop Café on the ground floor of the Museum & Art Gallery before the performance. There will be a short break between the two films.
Tickets: £9 (age 15+) plus booking fee. Click here to book your tickets.
‘The Burying Party’ (12A advisory, 2018, UK, director Richard Weston)
October 1918, the final month of World War I. Beginning with the extraordinary victory at Joncourt, war poet Wilfred Owen looks back on the final year of his life as the Manchesters march toward Sambre, a battle which will likely wipe out his entire regiment.
Looking back to Summer 1917, Owen remembers his admission to Craiglockhart Hospital due to shellshock, which led to the unlikely meeting with his literary idol Siegfried Sassoon. They begin a remarkable friendship that sees him introduce him to some of the most influential literary figures of his generation.
No longer a struggling poet, but convalescing with his contemporaries, Owen spends many spectacular bohemian days and nights in London. He forms a relationship with Charles Scott Moncrieff and is constantly reminded of the company’s incredible war records and experiences and decides to return to the front line.
While Owen approaches Sambre, he remembers his final goodbyes with his closest friends and loved ones as they edge closer to the monstrous anger of the guns, writing home to comfort his mother of his near-certain demise.
‘The Long Way Home’ (15 advisory, 2018, UK, director Jacob Lewis-Taylor), November, 2018
In the aftermath of an horrific gas attack, the remnants of a small Shropshire Battalion, led by Capt. John Hemmingway – the younger son of the estate they all left behind – find themselves trapped on the British front line.
As the German guns fall silent and an impenetrable fog befalls no-man’s land, the final days of the war become a desperate bid for survival as Capt. Hemmingway fights to hold on to what little sanity he has left.
For more information, call 01743 258888 or email [email protected].
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are offering exciting opportunities to plant, grow, make and eat as part of the Shrewsbury Food Festival in June.
The Museum & Art Gallery have invited Lovelyland (a local social enterprise who inform, educate and inspire community groups and schools about where food comes from) to work with the local community to install an edible community garden at the museum. The garden be open from Saturday 23 June. It will tell fascinating stories about the plants and draw inspiration from the nationally significant Caughley blue and white ceramic collection at the museum.
Members of the public are invited to drop into the courtyard for a seed planting and potting up session with Lovelyland on Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 June from 11am–2pm. These sessions are FREE, appropriate for all ages and all materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own small ceramic container (for example a tea cup or tea pot) to plant and takeaway or, if they wish, add to the edible garden.
Thank you to everyone who has donated their blue and white china to be included in the edible garden. These may be planted up or incorporated into a new piece made by local mosaic artist Lindsey Kennedy.
During the festival weekend Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are also hosting workshops with ceramicist and teacher Stephanie Kelly:
- On Saturday 23 June from 10am-12pm, create a textured tile good enough to eat!
Inspired by the edible garden and the museum’s exciting ceramic collection. The workshop is £9 per participant and appropriate for all ages. Under 7s must be accompanied by an adult
- On Saturday 23 June from 1pm-3pm, create a stunning and realistic cauliflower bowl. The workshop is £12 per participant and appropriate for adults and children aged 7+.
Booking is essential for both ceramic workshops. To book your place, please call 01743 258881 / 258888 or email [email protected]. All materials will be provided and your tile or bowl will be fired and made available to collect from the museum at a later date.
As well as these exciting one off opportunities the museum’s resident rodent Maximo Mouse will be leading a fruit and veg trail around the museum from May and June.
The events are part of a series of events aimed at welcoming new visitors to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.
To find out more about Lovelyland and their growing projects visit their website www.lovelyland.co.uk.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery // The Square // SY1 1LH
Lovelyland and Lindsey Kennedy will use your old crocks as part of a project to transform the courtyard outside stop. cafe at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery into a beautiful sensory garden.
Bring your unwanted china to our museum reception before Monday 11 June! Any donations for use in this project will be non-returnable.
Shropshire Museums’ care for an internationally important collection of blue and white Caughley porcelain.
The Salopian China Manufactory was founded at Caughley, near Broseley in Shropshire by Thomas Turner around 1775. It was one of the most important factories of the late 18th century.
You can see a snapshot of this collection on display in our Shropshire Gallery.
Throughout 2018, we are offering reduced entry of £2 on the first Sunday of the month, also know as Sketchbook Sunday and the first one takes place on 4 February.
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 VIC!
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.
– 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.
Come and hear different perspectives exploring the role of women in rural communities, from Land Girls to the contemporary WI. Featuring a panel of feminists, journalists, experts and writers on Rural Women at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on 16 February, 7,30pm.
Chaired by local and national radio presenter Vicki Archer, the panel will discuss topics including the misconceptions around the roles that women have played in rural life and what it means to be rural women in the 21st century.
Agnes Greatorex, The Women’s Land Army, 1919 famously said:“I think the First World War did change women. Because once we’d had a taste we wouldn’t go back to service, we were free.”
The panel for the evening includes:
- Joan Bomford – Countryfile Farming Hero 2015 veteran farmer (Farming since the 1930s, still active at 85 on the farm, author of Up With The Lark: My Life on the Land)
- Kate Innes – Author and poet (trained in archaeology and museology, her books include ‘The Errant Hours’ set in Medieval Shropshire, and ‘Flocks of Words’ a collection of poetry about the rural mythic landscape)
- Polly Gibb – Director of WiRE – Women in Rural Enterprise, awarded OBE for services to rural enterprise, and one HRH Prince Charles’ 10 Heroes of the Countryside
- Sophie Motley – Pentabus Theatre Company’s Artistic Director (on behalf of playwright Matt Hartley, Here I Belong)
- Celia Rawlings – Chairman of Shropshire Federation of Women’s Institutes
- Amanda Jones – Founder of Shropshire Supports Refugees.
Each of the speakers will present for up to 10 minutes, followed by a group discussion and an opportunity for questions from the audience – we’d love to hear from as many of you as possible, including men!
The evening will also include Pentabus Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Sophie Motley discussing the inspiration behind Matt Hartley’s new play, Here I Belong which was commissioned by Pentabus Theatre Company and shall be re-touring nationally during Spring 2018 due to high demand.
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £7 concessions and can be purchased by following this link.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to be hosting two performances of the acclaimed play, Music for Dogs in January 2018.
‘A funny and moving account of how one woman accidentally makes a fortune’
Music for Dogs is a black comedy written by award-winning Irish poet and playwright Paula Meehan and performed by Irish actress Carol Caffrey and is set during Ireland’s Celtic Tiger years.
The action takes place on Dublin’s Burrow Beach as a woman, Jane MacDonald, records a message for her estranged brother and sister. Janey’s story describes the very funny – if somewhat dubious – means by which she came to make the fortune she is leaving to her siblings. Though the context of Janey’s personal tragedy is a dark one, her essential humanity and joy in life are very much to the fore.
The performances will be on:
Friday 12 January 2018 @ 1.10pm – 1.50pm
Saturday 13 January 2018 @ 1.10pm – 1.50pm
What have others said about ‘Music for Dogs’?
“Music for Dogs is absolutely riveting… The script is so poetic… Carol Caffrey is brilliant… It’s the best kind of play… great writing and wonderful performing.” BBC Radio Scotland
“Music for Dogs – a moving and powerful piece of theatre” – Irish Post
“Music for Dogs is a great, well-written piece… with a revealing poetic narrative. At times very funny at others sad, I had tears in my eyes… Carol Caffrey is a consummate actor. I highly recommend it.” Wendy Thomson, Female Arts
For more information about Music for Dogs, click here.
See What’s On at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in 2018!
Pentabus Theatre Company is delighted to be hosting An Evening on Rural Women chaired by local and national presenter and writer, Vicki Archer.
The event will be held at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on Friday 16 February 2018 from 7.30pm.
The evening will explore the role of women in rural communities, from Land Girls to the contemporary WI and features a panel of feminists, journalists, experts and writers.
Attendees will also be able to discuss the inspiration behind, Here I Belong, which due to demand will be re-touring nationally this spring 2018.
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £7 concessions and can be purchased by following this link.
Join Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and fellow enthusiasts for an intriguing evening of poetry with the highly rated poet, Jo Bell on the Friday 24 November 2017.
Jo Bell has won prestigious awards for her work including the Charles Causley Poetry Competition and the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Prize.
Jo’s work has brought in widespread acclaim from some of the biggest names in poetry today, including Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy:
“Jo Bell is one of the most exciting poets now writing and no time is wasted in the company of her work.”
The evening will also feature a reading by local author of ‘The Errant Hours’ and poet Kate Innes.
Doors open at 6pm with the poetry reading beginning at 7.30pm.
Refreshments will be available from 6pm and you will also have the chance to look around four of the amazing museum galleries prior to the poetry reading.
Following the reading there will be an opportunity to purchase Jo Bell’s work and have your copy signed.
Tickets for this event cost £7.50
If you are a season ticket holder at the Museum, a Friend of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery or an Art Fund Member, you can purchase a ticket at the reduced rate of £4.50.
Although tickets can be purchased on arrival, spaces are limited so it is recommended that you book your place in advance to avoid possible disappointment.
This reading is part of series that will take place on the last Friday of each month at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery with a range of exciting local and national talents already lined up.
For more information about this reading or to book, please visit us at the Visitor Information Centre at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery or call 01743 258885.
Ghost tours of Shrewsbury are set to return from Thursday 12 October 2017, giving you the chance to come face-to-face with the towns’ spooky history.
Starting on 12 October, these tours will run every Thursday until 30 November and will begin at 7pm at the Visitor Information Centre and last approximately 90 minutes.
Shrewsbury is one of the most haunted towns in England, and a guided ghost walk is the ideal way to learn more about them.
Places visited on these spooky tours include Fish Street, Butcher Row, Wyle Cop, Barracks Passage, Shrewsbury Castle, Milk Street plus many more.
Did you know about the ghosts of several of Henry Tudor’s soldiers who were killed at the battle of Bosworth, that have been seen at Barrack Passage?
Learn about the matron and the nurse in the Parade shopping centre, and hear about the resident ghosts who are regularly seen in Prince Rupert hotel. Although our guides cannot guarantee any sightings, you will be intrigued by these stories and many more.
“We had a wonderful evening with Martin telling us about the Ghosts in Shrewsbury” – Previous tour goer
“We really enjoyed it and Anthony was great and really informative. It really made our trip to Shrewsbury enjoyable” – Previous tour goer
Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.
These tours are always very popular, so to avoid disappointment pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited for each tour.
The Visitor Information Centre is open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 11am – 3pm. From 1 November, the Visitor Information Centre will be closed on Mondays.
For more details about exhibitions and events at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, click here.