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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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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.”

Laura’s Tower by Chris Glover web

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

Shropshire Museums Collections Centre in Ludlow

Download our new brochure here:-  Workshop Programme 2018 / 2019

Workshops at Shropshire Museums Collections Centre in Ludlow

Dinosaur Detectives – EYFS / KS1

Come and dive into ancient seas to find incredible creatures from the time of the dinosaurs. Teeth, claws, eggs, footprints and a dinosaur hunt help us discover so much about these fabulous creatures before we do our own  dino dig and paint a beautiful fossil to take home. Cost: £95 per class – Duration 2 hours

The Key to the Castle – EYFS / KS1

Unlock the creaking castle door and take an exciting trip back to castle times. Children discover what life was like a very long time ago through dressing up, songs and stories and access to original and replica artefacts. They spend the afternoon visiting Ludlow Castle for a special guided tour. Cost: £140 per class – Duration 4 hours

Glorious Groups – an Introduction to Classification – Lower KS2

How do we group all living things? This session answers the question by introducing classification. Children have hands on practice grouping real specimens and learn about the importance of describing living things in detail. Cost: £95 per class – Duration 2 hours

Looking at Life with Linnaeus – Upper KS2

Discover the amazing world of Carl Linnaeus and dive into the world of classification. Children use real specimens and practice grouping a range of living things. The session includes a rare opportunity to visit the wonderful natural history store at Shropshire Museums Collections Centre in Ludlow to focus on groups of vertebrates and invertebrates. Cost: £95 per class – Duration 2 hours

Meet the Tudors – KS2

Children will follow in the footsteps of real characters from Tudor times, from poor to the wealthy including Tudor Royalty ! A walking tour of the town and selection of original and replica objects and archive documents bring this fascinating period to life. Each child will create their own unique document complete with Tudor seal to take away. Cost £140 per class – Duration 4 hours

Rock Detectives – KS2

Children dress up in the lab coats and become scientists for the day, conducting experiments and using microscopes. They visit the museum’s climate controlled stores for a special tour and take a ‘rock walk’ around Ludlow. Cost £140 per class – Duration 4 hours

Enquiries or to book a workshop please contact [email protected] or telephone 01743 258881/258884

New book on sale in our shop – Slow Travel Shropshire

SLOW TRAVEL SHROPSHIRE by Marie Kreft

Published by Bradt Travel Guides £12.99

About this book

With no directly competing titles, Bradt’s Slow Travel Shropshire fills a much-needed gap in the market for a guide to an area that, of all of the UK’s regions, is perhaps most synonymous with ‘Slow’. This new title from Bradt written by local author Marie Kreft places an emphasis on car-free travel, local produce and characterful accommodation. It includes detailed descriptions of place, historical overviews, ghost stories and folk tales, and first-hand accounts from Shropshire locals, as well as hand-picked restaurant recommendations based on long-standing knowledge and consultation with locals. Warm and witty writing combines with a natural enthusiasm for the region making this an indispensable guide to one of Britain’s most scenic areas. Ludlow is acknowledged as the Slow Food capital of the UK, while the region as a whole is much celebrated, described by PG Wodehouse as the “nearest earthly place to paradise”. The guide is unapologetic in taking you the long way round: through ancient woodland, over bridges and ‘Blue Remembered Hills’, back in time, down footpaths, into castles, churches and interesting pubs, cheerfully savouring the authentic, the offbeat and the local.

About the author

Marie Kreft is a former winner of the Bradt / Independent on Sunday travel-writing competition. She lives in Birmingham, a short hop from Shropshire to where she and her family escape at weekends for long walks and big dinners. Marie loves camping, real ale, old music, new theatre, cooking, backpacking, rail travel, secondhand books, odd historical facts, vintage shops, and spending time with her husband and son – who have helped her to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.

Contents

Going Slow in Shropshire, Chancel encounters, Revered hedgehogs & beloved bugs, Festivals & fairs, Shropshire as inspiration, A taste of Shropshire, Geology, Planning your visit.

How this book is arranged:

1 South Shropshire – Getting there & around, Ludlow & Bromfield, Craven Arms to the Clun Valley, From the Stiperstones to the Welsh border, Around Church Stretton & the Long Mynd, The Clee Hills & Corvedale to Cleobury Mortimer

2 Southeast Shropshire – Getting there & around, Bridgnorth & around, South of Bridgnorth & the Severn Valley, Much Wenlock, Staffordshire borders

3 Ironbridge Gorge & The Wrekin – Getting there & around, Around the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Telford, Wellington, The Weald Moors to Newport

4 Shrewsbury & Mid Shropshire – Getting there & around, Shrewsbury, North & east of Shrewsbury, Towards South Shropshire

5 Oswestry & Northwest Shropshire – Getting there & around, Oswestry & around, Whittington & north of Oswestry, Maesbury & south of Oswestry

6 North Shropshire – Getting there & around, Ellesmere & Shropshire’s ‘Lake District’, Towards Shrewsbury, Wem to Whitchurch, Market Drayton & around Accommodation Index

Weddings

Weddings at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery: Medieval Mansion is a Classic Venue for Your Wedding in the heart of Shrewsbury

An image of a bride and groom on their wedding day at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

The Medieval Vaughan’s mansion at Shrewsbury Museum offers a classic venue for weddings in the heart of the beautiful county of Shropshire.

Couples looking for a unique and special setting for their wedding can now get married in a 13th century mansion house within Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

Wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships can be held in Vaughan’s Mansion, which dates back to the 1290s and is recognised as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Museum & Art Gallery complex. A rare surviving example of an early medieval first-floor hall, Vaughan’s Mansion is the only one of its kind in the region and it is a building of national importance.

Vaughan’s Mansion has a maximum capacity of 50 people.

An image of a bride and groom signing a book at a table in Vaughan's Mansion at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

 

Following their wedding ceremony, couples and their guests have the opportunity to hold a drinks reception on the Museum balcony, which overlooks the main Shropshire Gallery in the former Music Hall auditorium.

For details of other areas of the Museum & Art Gallery including the Balcony and Special Exhibitions Gallery please get in touch. These would be suitable for 50-100 people but are subject to availability.

Our prices for a weekday wedding between Tuesday and Friday start from £500, from £550 for a Saturday, and Sunday and Monday prices are negotiable. We offer a range of extras such as decoration of the room as seen in the photos on this page. To contact the Registrar please click here Registrar at Shropshire Council

An image of a bride and groom in the courtyard at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on their wedding day. Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery offers a classic venue for weddings.

 

For more details about weddings at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, contact us on 01743 258885 or email [email protected]

To see other images of our fantastic wedding venue follow the link to our Flickr photo album

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and managed by Shropshire Council.

KS1/2 LEGO® Story Starter – A Night at the Museum

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LEGO® Story Starter – A Night at the Museum                                       

 Creak, rattle, squeeeeeak, rattle, clank…

“What is that terrible noise? Where is everybody? Where am I?”

It is nearly dark; you are locked in the museum. The museum doesn’t open again

until tomorrow morning! What will happen at the museum between sunset and sunrise? Where is the eerie sound coming from? What will you do about it?

 In the LEGO® Education workshop children explore history chronologically as they take a tour of the museum and imagine what it would have been like to hunt a mammoth,  sleep in a Tudor bed and be an explorer like Charles Darwin.

In our museum classroom, children use LEGO® Education’s Story Starter kits to plan, sequence and build their own story based on the theme of ‘a night at the museum’.

half day workshop 10.00am – 12.00pm or 12.30pm-2.30pm

Cost: £95 per workshop per class + FREE entry to the museum galleries

Maximum of 35 children per workshop

There are lunch room facilities within the museum.

Contact [email protected] 01743 258881/258884 for further information or to book

Download our schools workshop brochure here:Workshop Programme 2018 / 2019

 

Accessibility Advice

Shrewsbury’s train station is situated just 100 meters from the Castle (3 minute walk) and the bus station 200 meters (6 minute walk). The town’s Park and Ride service drops off and collects at Castle Gates just a few meters from the Castle Entrance. Car parking, including Blue Badge parking is available within the town centre although, it should be noted, that there are no parking fee concessions.  The closest Long Stay Car Park is situated at Frankwell which is a 15 minute walk away. Blue Badge Holders may park in the Castle grounds by prior arrangement.

Access to the main hall, part of the ground floor, the shop and accessible toilet facilities is via portable ramps. Manual wheelchair users will require the assistance of an able pusher to access the inclined path up to the main hall entrance. Although every effort has been made to improve access for all visitors, a small percentage of the exhibits are not wheelchair accessible due to the historic nature of the building.  Assistance dogs welcome, both within the Castle and its grounds.

There is a linear walk around the castle grounds which is accessible for wheelchair users although some steeper slopes may require the assistance of an able pusher.

We look forward to welcoming you and if you have any queries or require any additional assistance please contact us.

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