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Shrewsbury Castle

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.

 

Castle FlowersSPRING OPENING HOURS 2017

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 2017

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 2017

Monday 10 September 2018 – Saturday 17 December 2018

Mon, Tue Weds, Fri, Sat: 10.30am to 4pm

WINTER CLOSURE 2017/2018

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
Museum Shop
The museum is on a number of different levels restricting access for the less mobile.  Please see our Accessibility Advice page for further information.

 

Further Information

For further enquiries please telephone 01743 358516
The Shropshire Regimental Museum’s website can be found at http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk/

Object in focus: Lady Hawyse de Powys seal matrix

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.

An image of a silver seal matrix belonging to Lady Hawyse de Powys dating back to the 14th century.

Seal Matrix of Lady Hawyse de Powys

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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Laying the building blocks: Brick History exhibition breaks visitor records

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.An image of a father and his son looking at the Lego model of Rochester Castle with intrigue in the Brick History exhibition which is open at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery until Sunday 15 April 2018.

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.

An image of a toddler playing with Lego in the playzone at the Brick History exhibition that was at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery between 12 February and 15 April 2018.

Toddler playing with Lego in the Brick History playzone

“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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Blog: EDU-tainment in Brick History by Katy Rink

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.An image of a father and his son looking at the Lego model of Rochester Castle with intrigue in the Brick History exhibition which is open at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery until Sunday 15 April 2018.

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.

An image of Guy Bagley, of Warren Elsmore Ltd. addressing the first people to visit Brick History at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Guy Bagley introducing Brick History

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.”

An image of two Brick History competition winners with Mary Mckenzie, Lezley Picton and Guy Bagley in the Brick History exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Build your own model competition winners with Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for leisure and culture, Mary Mckenzie, Shropshire Museums and Archives Manager and Guy Bagley of Warren Elsmore Ltd.

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.

The March/April edition of My Shrewsbury is available now.

Journey through history in LEGO® at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

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/.

KS1/2 LEGO® Brick History exhibition and workshops February-April 2018

LEGO® is back! Our new exhibition ‘Brick  History’ is a journey through the pivotal moments in world history, modelled in LEGO® bricks by Warren Elsmore and his team of artists. The exhibition features an impressive 1.5m square castle bustling with activity. The exhibition is packed with LEGO® models representing historical themes including: cave paintings, pop art, Pompeii, the Viking invasions and the discoveries and inventions that have changed our world. Visit the exhibition and book a LEGO® Education workshop. (9th February  to 17th April 2018)

LEGO® Education Story Starter – ‘Once Upon a Time in the Castle…’ KS1/2

The visit starts with a trip to the museum’s special exhibitions gallery to see the LEGO® Brick History exhibition. In the museum education room children listen to a castle story and use LEGO® Education’s Story Starter kits to plan, develop, sequence and build their own story based on the theme of castles.

LEGO® Education Simple Machines – Catapult! KS2

The visit starts with a trip to the museum’s special exhibitions gallery to see the LEGO® Brick History exhibition. In the museum classroom children explore the types of simple machines used in castles and use LEGO® Education Simple Machines kits to explore levers and build and test a model catapult.

  

 

Cost of workshops: £95  (maximum of 30 children KS1 or 35 children KS2)

Haunted Shrewsbury: Ghost tours of medieval town set to return

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.

To book tickets, you can visit the Visitor Information Centre in person at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, call 01743 258888 or email guided.tours@shropshire.gov.uk.

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.

Free entry at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery for Heritage Open Days

To celebrate Heritage Open Days, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are offering visitors free entry on Sunday 10 September 2017.

Usually £4.50 for adults, visitors to the Museum will be able to see the amazing collections on display that bring over 650 million years of history to life completely free!

An image of mammoth bones on display at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery that visitors can see over the Heritage Open Days.

Mammoth bones found in Condover on display at Shrewsbury Museum Art Gallery

During your visit, you will get to see some of the best preserved mammoth bones in the UK, one of the UK’s finest fossil collections as well an entry to the wonderful special exhibitions, Antarctica: Life in a hostile land and Synthetic Landscapes.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for Culture and Leisure, said:

“Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the UK so it’s great to see Shropshire Museums and Archives getting involved.

“As well as the amazing things to see and do at each site, visitors will get to go behind the scenes and see and do things that are only available a very limited number of times a year.

“I’d encourage everyone to make the most of this great opportunity and get to our sites… and it’s free!”

As well free access to the Museum’s galleries on Sunday 10 September, you can explore the Medieval town of Shrewsbury on a free guided town tour, which usually cost £7.50. Advanced booking is advised to ensure your place.

These tours take place on Thursday 7 September and Friday 8 September and start at 2pm at the Visitor Information Centre housed in the Music Hall.

Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days, said:

“At a time when many of our heritage sites, museums and buildings of cultural interest are under increasing economic pressure it’s heart-warming to see the number of Heritage Open Days events continue to grow.  Our army of volunteers play an important role in championing our wonderfully diverse local heritage, opening up doors and keeping access free for these very special four days every year. We are keen to encourage people to stand up for the places that are important to them by bringing to life their stories for everyone to enjoy.”

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.

An image of people walking into Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery ahead of the free entry for Heritage Open Days.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery at the Music Hall

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.

See what else is happening across Shropshire Museums & Archives other amazing sites: Shrewsbury Castle, Shropshire Archives, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm and Ludlow Museum & Resource Centre.

Laura’s Tower

An image of Laura's Tower with a tree to the right with the sun setting behind and a moody sky.

Laura’s Tower at Shrewsbury Castle

FREE entry across Shropshire Museums & Archives for Heritage Open Days

In celebration of the Heritage Open Days, Shropshire Museums and Archives are waiving entry fees and putting on special events to create a unique visitor experience.

Running from Thursday 7 September until Sunday 10 September 2017, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Castle, Shropshire Archives and Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, are each offering free entry and special events to visitor.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for Culture and Leisure, said:

“Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the UK so it’s great to see Shropshire Museums and Archives getting involved.

“As well as the amazing things to see and do at each site, visitors will get to go behind the scenes and see and do things that are only available a very limited number of times a year.

“I’d encourage everyone to make the most of this great opportunity and get to our sites… and it’s free!”

Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days, said:

“At a time when many of our heritage sites, museums and buildings of cultural interest are under increasing economic pressure it’s heart-warming to see the number of Heritage Open Days events continue to grow.  Our army of volunteers play an important role in championing our wonderfully diverse local heritage, opening up doors and keeping access free for these very special four days every year. We are keen to encourage people to stand up for the places that are important to them by bringing to life their stories for everyone to enjoy.”

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

An image of mammoth bones on display at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery that visitors can see over the Heritage Open Days.

Mammoth bones found in Condover on display at Shrewsbury Museum Art Gallery

On Sunday 10 September, visitors to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery will be able to enter for FREE and see the amazing collections telling over 750 years of history in Shrewsbury and Shropshire.

Usually £4.50 for adults, you will get to see some of the best preserved mammoth bones in the UK, one of the finest geology collections as well an entry to Antarctica: Life in a hostile land and Synthetic Landscapes.

Guided town tours

As well free access to the Museum’s galleries on Sunday 10 September, you can explore the Medieval town of Shrewsbury on a free guided town tour, which usually cost £7.50. Advanced booking is advised to ensure your place.

Tour dates and times

Thursday 7 September: 2pm
Friday 8 September: 2pm

To book your place on one of these free guided town tours, call 01743 258888.

Shropshire Archives

An image of historic documents being looked after by a lady at Shropshire Archives ensuring the history and heritage of Shropshire is retained.

Behind the scenes at Shropshire Archives

Your chance to see behind the scenes at Shropshire Archives including the stores where over 5 miles (9 kilometres!) of records are housed in environmentally controlled conditions as well as the conservation and reprographics sections. A selection of our fantastic collections will also be on show including the recently conserved minute books of Much Wenlock Borough dating from 1495-1810.

Tour dates and times
Thursday 7 September: 2pm
Friday 8 September: 2pm

Pre-booking is essential. To book your place call 0345 678 9096 or email archives@shropshire.gov.uk.

An image of Laura's Tower at Shrewsbury Castle with green trees to the right and ivy growing up the side. Laura's Tower is open for the Heritage Open Days festival.

Laura’s Tower at Shrewsbury Castle (©Chris Glover)

Shrewsbury Castle

Sunday 10 September will see a rare occurrence at Shrewsbury Castle… the opening of Laura’s Tower.

Open one day a year for the Heritage Open Days festival, making your way to the top of Laura’s Tower will give you truly unique views across Shrewsbury making it a special opportunity not to be missed.

Visitors will also be able to enter the Castle Grounds and Shrewsbury Castle housing Shropshire Regimental Museum for FREE.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

An image of a toddler stroking a lamb that is being held by a farm worker keeping alive the heritage of a Victorian Farm.

Toddler meets the lambs at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

With its’ of range of young and adult farm animals, working farm demonstrations and much more, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is a perfect family day out. And… on Saturday 9 September, it’s FREE.

As well as free admission, the Farm is also holding extra demonstrations and behind the scenes guided tours so you can learn more about the workings of a Victorian Farm, and maybe, just maybe, get a little closer to the baby animals!

For more information, call 01694 781307 or email acton.scott.museum@shropshire.gov.uk.

An image of mammoth bones, with a huge tusk in the foreground, that are kept in the stores at Ludlow. Visitors can see these on 9 September as part of the Heritage Open Days

Mammoth bones in the stores at Ludlow Museum & Resource Centre

Ludlow Museum & Resource Centre

Enjoy a free 20 minute talk about the ‘Treasure’ acquired by Shropshire Museums through the Treasure Act. This talk focuses on artefacts held in the stores at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre and you’ll have the chance to hold some of the amazing treasures.

Saturday 9 September, 11 am – 12 noon

Following the talk you’ll have the chance to visit the Geology Store and view Shropshire’s other giant treasure, the MAMMOTH!

About Heritage Open Days

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.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:

“This is the second year that players have supported Heritage Open Days, which continues to grow, not only in the number of events, but the diversity and quality of activities right across England.  We look forward to seeing thousands of people sharing the hidden histories on their doorstep and making a difference to their communities this September.”

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