Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery to celebrate the battle of Waterloo with new exhibition

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to welcome visitors to their new exhibition, War and Peace, which is now open.

War and Peace tells the story of the Hill family of Hawkstone and Attingham through jugs, mugs and medals that commemorate General Election, the Peninsular War and Lord Hill’s Column between 1796 and 1906.

An image of two jugs and a commemorative tankard emblazoned with an image of William Hill in a display case in the War and Peace exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery in celebration of Waterloo Weekend.

Some of the items on display in the War and Peace exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

The most significant features of this exhibition is a collection of election jugs that celebrate the Parliamentary election success of members in the early 19th century, including Sir Rowland Hill, William Hill and Benjamin Disraeli.

The beautiful collection consists of items purchased by Shropshire Museum’s Service with and Art Fund grant, loaned medals and Coalport election jugs donated by Rev. Richard Hayes.

The collections can be seen in the community gallery at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

Rev. Richard Hayes, Chairman of The Friends of Lord Hill’s Column, said:

“Saving items of Shropshire’s history for Shropshire people to enjoy in their county Museum has been a source of great joy.”     

War and Peace is more than an exhibition, however. It is one of a number of events in Shrewsbury, organised in partnership with the Friends of Lord Hill’s Column and Shrewsbury Civic Society that celebrate Lord Hill’s significant involvement and influence in the famous Battle of Waterloo and the famous Lord Hill’s Column.

The Waterloo Weekend celebrations are to take place from Friday 16 June until Sunday 18 June 2017.

Waterloo Weekend – 16 – 18 June 2017

Organised by the Friends of Lord Hill’s Column, the Waterloo Weekend celebrations run from Friday 16 June until Sunday 18 June 2017 to mark the anniversary of the famous battle.

Coade Stone talk – Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on Friday 16 June 2017 @ 6pm

Kicking the weekend off is a fascinating talk by Caroline Stanford on Mrs Coade and the making of Lord Hill’s statue.

Caroline is a historian and Head of Engagement with the Landmark Trust as well a published author and an expert on Coade Stone, the material of which Lord Hill’s statue is made.

Tickets are £10 and are available from the Visitor Information Centre at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in the Music Hall.

Walk up Lord Hill’s Column and the Revival of the Lord Hill March

An image of Lord Hill's Column in Shrewsbury. The sky is blue with some cloud and two trees stand before the column. The Column is central to the Waterloo Weekend celebrations

Lord Hill’s Column, Shrewsbury

Lord Hill’s Column will be open to the public from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June, when all fatherswill go FREE to mark Father’s Day.

For just £5 you can climb the column and take in the breath-taking views of the medieval town of Shrewsbury, and become a life-long member of the Friends of Lord Hill.

 As well as climbing Lord Hill’s Column, you can enjoy the revival of the Lord Hill March by Thomas Tomlin circa 1813, which is to be played for the first time in 200 years by the Shrewsbury Brass Band. Members of the   23rd Regiment of Foot Royal Welch Fusiliers re-enactment society will be present on Saturday.

National Civic Day – Saturday 17 June 2017 @ 3pm

Join Rev. Richard Hayes at 3pm on Saturday, 17June 2017 for the mile long walk from the Column to the Bear Steps and appreciate some of the surviving architecture that lines this important first view of Shrewsbury that travellers would have seen in the 1820’s.

The walk will culminate in an intriguing illustrated talk about our local hero, Lord Hill.

Further Information 

Coade Stone:

Lord Hill’s statue is one of the largest monuments to come out of Mrs Coade’s manufactory in Lambeth, London. In the latter part of the eighteenth and the early part of the nineteenth centuries. Coade stone was used to decorate the exterior of private houses and public buildings and was also widely used to embellish parks and gardens. There are examples of urns, vases, fountains, sundials, gateways and other garden buildings throughout the country. Local examples include a Coade stone lion at Lilleshall Hall and a sundial at Weston Park.

Lord Hill’s Column Opening Dates:

The Column is open on three more dates over the course of 2017:

Sunday 9 July                     12pm – 4pm

Saturday 19 August            11am – 4pm

Sunday 10 September        12pm – 4pm

Save up to 50% on Museum visits with our Family Ticket

Families can now save up to 50% on visits to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery following the introduction of the new Family Ticket.

Available to purchase until Sunday 7 May, the family tickImage showing the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Family Ticket which is red with images of a child looking at a milkshake and showing five available visits to the covers admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children (5-17) and costs just £25.

Once bought, the ticket is valid until 31 December 2017  meaning youand your family can enjoy up to 5 exhilarating and fun-filled visits to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and take in our amazing Roman and Medieval Galleries, the incredible Shropshire Gallery and our exciting special exhibitions.

If that’s not enough, you can claim one FREE milkshake per child on one of your 5 visits from STOP cafe.

If you’re looking for a fun and affordable day out for your family, our Family Ticket could be the perfect fit.

Read what other families have said about the Museum…

“Staff very friendly and An image of three children dressed in medieval combat clothing.engaged children, a 2 year old and 6 year old. They were allowed to handle some time exhibits and we’re read a story with relevant props. There were quiz sheets to complete to encourage them to look at pictures etc. and stickers for completing them. Will go again.”


“Lots to see here over several floors, some superb exhibits and loads of information – paintings, ceramics, antiques, Roman artefacts and a special gallery, a sea side theme at the time of writing – great value”

“Enjoyable experience with friends and baby. A good mix of exhibits and the children especially enjoyed the practical areas.”

Shadow Stories

Local award-winning animator, Samantha Moore has been working with us to produce a short film which will be part of the archaeology displays in the new museum.

Image from Samantha Moore's film Shadow Sories

Image from Samantha Moore’s film Shadow Stories

Shadow Stories features key objects from our prehistoric collections. We are thrilled by the way the film brings these objects to life and shows how they would have been used by the people who made them.

We are really excited by the finished film and can’t wait to share it!