STOP THE CLOCK for Shrewsbury Museum at Night

It’s time you visited Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery for Museums at Night on 17 May between 4pm – 9pm.

The Clock Room – Enter ‘The Clock Room’ and become part of the mechanism

An image of a light display of different types of clock faces beamed onto plates on a snowy evening.

Light displays by Andy McKeown

An immersive multi projector light and sound installation by internationally renowned multi –media artist, Andy McKeown, will fill the special exhibitions gallery at Shrewsbury Museum with a mesmerising profusion of real and impossible animated clocks.

Experience kaleidoscopia LIVE

Transform your post-it note doodles into beautiful moving kaleidoscopic light with the kaleidoscopia LIVE arcade machine!

Heyday Arts

Unleash your inner creative and make time for some museum inspired art with Heyday Arts

Bar and live music

Turn back the clock and feel our pre-history and Tudor galleries come to life with Tudor musicians and Stone Age specialists.

Refreshments for little people and grown-ups by STOP Café


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.”

New exhibition a hit: Nearly 1,000 school children booked to visit Rhyme Around the World

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery’s new exhibition, Rhyme Around the World, a touring exhibition from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books is already proving to be a huge success.

The exhibition, which opened its doors to the public on Saturday 18 February has already been hugely popular with families, schools and nurseries alike.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery already has 972 school children booked to visit and take part in the newly developed Rhyme workshop with more expected to book.

Image showing a blue archway into Rhyme Around the World exhibition with images of a fox with an umbrella, a lion leaping with two happy children and an antelope on its back and photos on the walls.

Rhyme Around the World – Entrance to a world of rhyming fun for the whole family

Fay Bailey, Education and Activities Officer at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, said:

“Rhyme Around the World is a fun and engaging exhibition suitable for the whole family.  We are particularly delighted with the way Shropshire schools have received this wonderful exhibition”

“The exhibition is proving to be very popular and spaces are quickly filling up. I would encourage interested schools to book as soon as possible.”

An image showing an area with blue lighting, a mini barn with a robin inside, photos on the wall and nursery rhymes on the wall and in the clouds on the ceiling.

Whatever the Weather theme in Rhyme Around the World











Stuart West, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said:

“We’re thrilled at how popular this new exhibition is proving to be among schools and we’ve already received a lot of great feedback.

“Rhyme Around the World is a fantastic and engaging exhibition for people of all ages and brings back a lot of happy childhood memories so I’d encourage you to pay Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery a visit.”

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

To celebrate Rhyme Around the World, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are offering a new Family Ticket which could save you and your family up to 50% on Museum admission. Visit the website for more information.

Rhyme Around the World runs until Sunday 7 May 2017. For more information, visit the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery website or call 01743 258888. To book a Rhyme workshop and educational group visit to the exhibition, email or ring 01743 258881

The Beat of the Butterflies’ Wings

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery invite all ages to be involved in an interactive art and reminiscence exhibition, The Beat of the Butterflies’ Wings,

22nd November 2016– 22nd January 2017

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The Beat of the Butterflies’ Wings has been devised by Artist Jill Impey, and support funded by Arts Council England. It has so far involved over 150 participants aged from10-90 years and will continue to develop through performances, talks, workshops and the addition of butterflies to Jill’s Empire Chandelier installation, Prism.


The Project considers the 100 years of British involvement in conflict since the First World War: the war to end all wars. It has progressed through a series of 12 initial workshops in Shrewsbury venues including The Redwoods Centre, Coleham School and Participate Contemporary Artspace. Participants aged 10 to 20 years and 65+, have interacted with a 1930’s themed Cabinet of Curiosity, investigating contemporary art works and memorabilia, through performance, drawing, and making origami peace  butterflies. Subsequently, Jill, recorded their stories and expressions of hope for peaceful resolutions to conflict. This sound work, Words about War, Words about Peace now forms part of the exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.


A further 5 exhibition workshops took place, with artists: Keith Ashford, Jacqui Dodds, Julie Edwards, Eliza Glapinska, and Jill Impey, bringing together a mix of older and younger participants.  They selected objects for the community exhibition cases in Shrewsbury, from the Museum Archive at Ludlow. The group developed printmaking skills to illustrate themes relating to war and peace, explored ideas through text and the juxtaposition of objects. Participants also  provided personal heritage items to add resonance to the display, which has been described as very moving by visitors to the Museum.


If you/your organisation would like to visit the exhibition and take part in workshops/talks contact: or visit


Supporting Organisations: Age UK; Arts for Health, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare, The Redwoods Centre; Coleham Primary School; Participate Contemporary Artspace CIC; Shrewsbury College; Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery; Ludlow Museum Archive; Shropshire Council.


Heavenly Lights Evening Projection

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In response to the Heavenly Lights exhibition which celebrates the life and works of Margaret Rope, Andy McKeown will be projecting his Exquisite Fragments images of Margaret Rope’s stained-glass windows onto the front The Music Hall for the second time on Wednesday 21st of December from 4:30pm.  The museum will be staying open until 7:30pm with last entry to the museum at 6:30pm.  Viewing of the projection will be free. However, there will be normal adminsion for charges if you wish to visit the museum.

Poems in the Exhibition

Inspired by the vivid imagination of stained glass artist, Margaret Rope, a local writer – Kate Innes – is creating poems based on the windows, artworks and ephemera in the exhibition.


She says:

“The presence of birds, beasts, legends, flowers and the affectionate details of daily life in Margaret Rope’s work, executed with a perfect balance of form and colour, spoke to me. I knew there were many stories just under the surface of the glass, ready to be written.”


Poems will be added from time to time. These verses offer another way in to the exhibition. Just as the light made by stained glass inside a church can be seen from different perspectives and in a variable weathers, so the interpretation and appreciation of Margaret Agnes Rope and her work is open to all.


Kate Innes trained in Archaeology, Education and Museology before turning to writing full-time. Her novel, The Errant Hours, is set in the Welsh Marches in the thirteenth century.


Heavenly Lights – The Margaret Rope Exhibition is open until the 15th January, 2017.


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Art Cafe



The next Arts Café is on Wednesday 14th December, 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. 

The event will include:

Artist Talk by Nathalie Hildegarde, a stained glass artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally. Nathalie has been successful in securing funding from the Arts Council to make a stained glass window for the Museum. To view her work, please go to:

Opportunity to look around the ‘Heavenly Lights: The Untold Story of Stained Glass Artist Margaret Agnes Rope’ exhibition and networking.

£3.00 per person, to include refreshments and free access to the exhibition and parts of the museum.

To book a place, please contact Megan Claydon, email:

Giant stained glass images to be projected on to Museum & Art Gallery

Giant images of stained glass works by Shrewsbury-born artist Margaret Rope will be projected onto the front of the town’s Museum & Art Gallery on the evening of Tuesday 25 October between 7pm and 9pm.

The projection will be the work of international light artist Andy McKeown and is a celebration of the exhibition ‘Heavenly Lights – the untold story of Shrewsbury stained glass artist Margaret Agnes Rope’, which runs at the Museum until 15 January.

On the evening of 25 October the Museum will open late, until 9pm, and there will also be drop-in stained-glass inspired workshops for children with community artist Jamila Walker – offering the chance to make jam-jar lanterns and coloured designs out of straws. The workshops run from 5pm to 9pm and are included within the Museum’s usual admission fee. Parents are invited too.

The workshops will also run on Wednesday 26 October between 10am and 2pm.

Andy McKeown said:

“I have a longstanding passion for stained glass in all its forms and it has featured in a great many of my building illuminations. It is a delight to be able to illuminate Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery with fragments and panels from this wonderful exhibition.”

Jamila Walker said:

“The workshops will be accessible, colourful and fun, giving children and their parents the opportunity to create bold simple pieces as well as intricate sculptures and lanterns, all inspired by the vibrant works of Margaret Rope.”

For more information about the celebration event visit

For more information about Jamila Walker, visit

“Heavenly Lights – The untold story of Shrewsbury stained glass artist Margaret Agnes Rope” is open at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until 15 January 2017 but closed on Mondays from October (not including Monday 24 October, which is half-term week).

About Margaret Agnes Rope

Margaret Agnes Rope, born in 1882, produced stained-glass that can be found in churches and cathedrals on three continents, and which is now also collected by American museums – but she is now largely forgotten here in the UK, and even in her home town of Shrewsbury.

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Margaret Rope’s stained glass window at Shrewsbury Cathedral.

Examples of Margaret Rope’s work can be seen in Shrewsbury (at the town’s Cathedral and at St Mary’s Church) and in churches across the UK, from Suffolk to South Wales to Scotland. Her stained glass windows can also be seen at churches in Australia, South Africa and Rome – and in museums in Los Angeles and New York.

‘Marga’, as she was called, was an instinctive rebel – known for smoking cheroot cigars, riding a motorbike and wearing her hair short – in an era when women had few opportunities to express themselves artistically. Without backing from a patron, rich family or husband, she made her own way in her career, one of a new generation of artists as much at home in a workshop as in a drawing-studio.

Her work – influenced by the ‘Later Arts & Crafts’ style – soon became well-known for its jewelled dazzling colours, its personal stamp, its startling modernism, and its sense of spiritual vibrancy.

Yet, within barely a decade of her first success, she chose to become a Catholic nun, moving into an ‘enclosed’ convent. However, even now, shut away from the world, she continued to work, in a small studio provided by the other nuns.


Enjoy ‘A Night at the Museum’ and support Royal Shrewsbury Hospital League of Friends

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Margaret Rope features on BBC Inside Out West Midlands 26th September

The story of Shrewsbury stained glass artist Margaret Agnes Rope was featured on Inside Out on 26th September. You can see the report here:- The programme visits various locations associated with Margaret including Shrewsbury Cathedral, the convent at Quidenham and takes a look at the exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery that celebrates her work.

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