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Shrewsbury Castle houses the spectacular collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust including pictures, uniforms, medals, weapons and other equipment from the 18th Century to the present day.
The Castle is a popular venue for licensed civil ceremonies, with the grounds providing a lovely setting for photographs. See our Castle Weddings page for further information.
SPRING OPENING HOURS 2018
Monday 19 February 2018 – Friday 25 May 2018
Mon, Tue Weds, Fri, Sat: 10.30am to 4pm
NOTE: open Easter Sunday 16th April 10.30am until 4pm
SUMMER OPENING HOURS 2018
Saturday 26 May 2018 – Sunday 9 September 2018
Mon, Tue Weds, Fri, Sat: 10.30am to 5pm
Sunday 10.30am to 4pm
NOTE: we are closed all day for an event on Saturday 9 June 2018
AUTUMN OPENING HOURS 2018
Monday 10 September 2018 – Saturday 17 December 2018
Mon, Tue Weds, Fri, Sat: 10.30am to 4pm
WINTER CLOSURE 2018/2019
From Monday 18 December 2018 to Sunday 17 February 2019
We re-open to public viewing from Monday 18 February 2019
Castle Admission Charges
Castle: Adults: £4.00
Persons of Pension Age: £3.00
Child & Student £1.00
Under 5s – Free
Free to members of the regiments
Proof of Eligibility may be required
Castle Grounds Admission Charges
Access to the Castle Grounds is free.
Access and Amenities
Bus and rail stations nearby (10 minute walk)
Parking available within the town
The museum is on a number of different levels restricting access for the less mobile. Please see our Accessibility Advice page for further information.
For further enquiries please telephone 01743 358516
The Shropshire Regimental Museum’s website can be found at http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk/
A magic, mystical adventure awaits this October half-term as Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery invites you to celebrate Museums at Night with a host of magical events.
Visitors will have the chance to make a magic wand or witches broom, explore the art of potion making and spell writing, experience magic shows and a host of magical creatures.
At 5pm on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will be screened on the Balcony giving visitors and their families the perfect museum setting to sit back and relax.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said:
“Last year’s Museums are Magic weekend proved to be hugely popular among families so it’s fantastic to see Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery running this event again.
“Museums are Magic offers families a different, but wonderful and interactive way to engage with the Museum and its collections, and this year there will be magical adventures throughout the October half-term week.”
“Last years’ event saw the Museum bustling with magical activity so I would encourage families to pay a visit.”
You can book your tickets for Museums are Magic online here or by popping into the Visitor Information Centre as you enter the Museum.
Following the Museums are Magic weekend, lots of fun magical craft activities will be available every day from Monday 29 October until Sunday 4 November plus a special Halloween Lego® workshop where you can create a spooky castle.
Saturday 27 October – Rob Chapman
Experience marvellous magic shows with magician Rob Chapman at 11am and 2pm (shows last one hour)
Sunday 28 October – Magical Creatures
Magical Creatures with ‘Animal Man’ Simon Airey at 11am and 12pm (shows last one hour)
Monday 29 October – Sunday 4 November
Drop in for magical crafts which will be available every day!
Wednesday 31 October – Lego® Spooky Castles
Join us for a special Halloween LEGO® workshop and create a spooky castle.
LEGO® maestro Rob Spinks from ‘Bricks n’ Tricks’ will guide you through the build and light up your castle at the end of the workshop!
You find more information by clicking here.
Shropshire Regimental Museum: Talks Programme
Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental Museum invite you to join them for a series of intriguing talks about Shropshire’s military history and the fascinating story of the Castle itself.
Friday 28 September 2018
“Verdun, the Battle that changed the 20th century” with Phillip Stevens
Drinks available from 7pm
Friday 30 November 2018
“The Hidden Hand of Genius: Robert Adam, the Pulteney’s and Shrewsbury Castle” with Gareth Williams
Drinks available from 7pm
Friday 5 January 2019
“German prisoners of war in Britain 1945-1948” with Professor Dieter Steinert
Drinks available from 7pm
Friday 22 February 2019
“Battle of Le Cateau, 26 August 1914” with Spencer Jones
Drinks available from 7pm
Lady Hawyse de Powys (Lady Hawyse of Powis was born on 25 July 1291. This seal matrix shows that she was a lady with a status of her own, able to write and sign documents, just like her husband but unlike most women of her day.
She was known as Hawise Gadarn (the Hardy) as her immediate family died before she reached 18 years old. In 1309, as an heiress but under age she became a ward of her uncles. Because she was a woman, her four her uncles disputed her claim to inherit her father’s property, and sought to split the land between themselves and send her to live out rest of her life in a nunnery.
Hawise travelled to the Parliament of Shrewsbury and petitioned Edward II of England in person. She met with him twice, and on the second occasion he asked her to nominate someone to act on her behalf as the champion of her rights. She named John Charleton, whom she subsequently married. Together with Charleton and a company of English knights, she returned to Powys Castle and successfully defeated her uncles.
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The hugely popular Brick History exhibition has broken visitor figure records with 18,697 people visiting between 12 February and 15 April 2018 to be taken on a journey through 13.8 million years of history portrayed in Lego bricks.
With tiny recreations of Concorde and Titanic that would sit in your hand, to a 1.5m square castle bustling with activity in periods of both peace and war, Brick History proved to be popular among people of all ages.
Children and adults alike were wowed by the intricate Lego displays and enjoyed the opportunity to display their own creative skills in the Lego playzone.
Figures show that 70% of total visitors to Brick History were families and children which is fantastic news for the future of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.
Fay Bailey, Learning & Communications Manager at Shropshire Museums, said:
“We are working hard to position Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery as a family friendly place to visit so to have had such a large proportion of our visitors to Brick History fall within this demographic is absolutely wonderful.
“We are thrilled that Brick History has proven to be so popular and delighted that our visitors had such an enjoyable experience with us. Our playzone provided opportunities for people of all ages to explore their creativity. We were very impressed with the fantastic models and designs.”
As Brick History is de-installed, it is time to look forward to the next special exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery… Titanic: Honour & Glory which opens on Monday 2 July 2018.
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If it is EDU-tainment you are after, look no further than the Brick History exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. This is the latest marvellous model show to arrive in town from the Warren Elsmore emporium – of Brick City fame – and features defining moments and discoveries on earth from the big bang right through to modern day.
Snapshots of history are presented in vibrant, multi-coloured 3D, arranged in themes such as Transport, War & Conflict, Exploration, Equality and the Arts – from intricately recreated scientific triumphs such as the double helix and smallpox vaccine (complete with little vials!), to terracotta warriors, Vesuvius, Concorde and the Titanic. Stars of the show are a 1.5m recreation of Rochester Castle – the real one dates back to 1088 with 12 ft thick walls. The Lego® ‘stonework’ is astonishing and the children loved spotting the different foods and animals in the outbuildings.
I loved the first silent movie theatre – the audience all in colour and the screen in black and white – with the intricate mechanics of its projection booth and the Hong Kong skyline, to mark the handover in 1997.
We also enjoyed hearing about some of the techniques involved from lead creative designer Guy Bagley, such as ‘bram sphere’ to create special plates for globes and ‘Studs Not on Top’ or (SNOT) for building models outwards, rather than upwards.
Guy had a hand in most of the models, as he says, he is ‘paid to play’ and has been designing Lego® models for more than 35 years, all over the world. All the models are made with unglued, standard Lego bricks, put together by human hand: “The only way you can tell if something looks right is by good old-fashioned human eye,” Guy said.
Opening the exhibition, he explained: “We hope children will be enticed by the models and may notice something that might spark their curiosity and make them want to go away and find out more. They might say ‘look mum, why is that lady chained to the railings?’ and it will prompt further discussion.
“We have 13m years of history going right back to the dinosaurs and everything in between.”
The three winning models in the museum’s Brick History competition are also on display, including a spectacular design of The Flying Scotsman from Alfie Hembrow-Forrester (5-11 category) – spot the hidden Homer Simpson! – Super Mario gaming figures from Roger Lewis (17+) and Mount Vesuvius erupting in Pompeii from Cal Adlard (12-16).
Cal was at the opening with his famous dad – comic laureate Charlie Adlard (of the Walking Dead comics) – and mum Lynette. Cal said: “I wanted to capture how much of Pompeii has been preserved after the eruption and also the perspective, with the big volcano looming in the background.”
Guy Bagley added: “We loved the black figure climbing out of the lava. We call him charcoal man.”
Get your Brick History tickets online to avoid the queues. You will be delighted, diverted, engrossed, occasionally startled – and you might even learn a thing or two. The kids won’t let you miss the huge LEGO® play zone on Level 2. My 9-year-old managed to balance on top of a 7ft Lego tower he built himself. Maybe don’t try that.
Brick History will be at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until 15 April 2018. Admission £10 a family ticket (two adults and up to three children aged 5-17), or £7 family ticket (one adult and up to three children aged 5.17), or £4.50 adult, £2 child.
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2018 is set to get off to a thrilling start at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery with the arrival of Lego: Brick History in February 2018.
Opening on Friday 9 February, Lego: Brick History takes you on a journey through pivotal moments in world history, modelled in Lego® bricks.
Experience historical moments and periods from Mozart to Martin Luther King, scientific discoveries from the Big Bang to DNA and recent history from mobile phones to the moon landings.
Here is a sneak preview of Lego: Brick History brought to life…
This exhibition has something for people of all ages. From tiny recreations of Concorde and Titanic that would sit in your hand, to a 1.5m square castle bustling with activity in periods of both piece and war, there is something for all to be amazed by and to admire.
Children and adults alike are sure to be inspired by this exhibition and eager to build their own LEGO® models.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:
“LEGO was a hugley popular exhibition when it visited in 2015 with over 14,000 people visiting the Museum during its’ five week stay, so it’s fantastic that it is returning.
“Brick History has something that people of all ages can enjoy. Young and old will have an affinity with LEGO bricks, whether it be those who enjoy building with them now, or those who have fond memories of building the most epic of models back in the day. I can’t wait for this incredibly exciting exhibition to open.”
Warren Ellsmore, creator of Brick History, said:
“We’re all very excited here to be coming back to Shrewsbury after the success of Brick City. Brick History is one of our brand new exhibitions and has proved to be hugely popular since it opened in Newcastle just last year. Trying to reflect the whole history of the world in LEGO bricks was a challenge, especially as we decided to focus on perhaps some of lesser known heroes and landmarks of the past – some of which are still very close to Shrewsbury!”
Bringing a sense of community into Lego: Brick History, this exhibition will feature the models created by our 3 ‘Build your own model’ competition winners!
LEGO: Brick History will be at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery from 9 February – 15 April 2018.
To find out more about Warren Elsmore and his touring LEGO© bricks exhibitions, visit http://warrenelsmore.com/brickhistory/.