Search Results for: Castle

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.”

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

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

Adult Education

Discover more about local or family history, explore fascinating museum objects and use our buildings and collections to inspire creative activities in our Adult Education programme.

To Book or request further information on courses at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shropshire Archives and Ludlow Museum Resource Centre contact: museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk 01743 258881/258884 or ask at the front desk at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH 

Download the What’s on at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery guide Spring/Summer 2018 here:Whats On Guide 2018

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Mindful Words

with Bethany Rivers

Enjoy a relaxing and inspiring course where you have the chance to explore what words mean to you, and how they can best reveal wisdom, insight and affirmation as companions for any of your life journeys. 

There will be exploration of contemporary and accessible writings and quotes, short visually-led meditations, along with access to images and installations throughout the museum and gallery.  Previous participants have commented on how much they’ve enjoyed the laughter, new friendships and fresh insights.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Fridays : Nov 9th / 16 /23/ 30 and Dec 7th 2018

10am-12pm

£65 per person

Tutor: Bethany Rivers

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Fifth Century Athens

with Martin Thorpe

The 5th century BC is commonly regarded as the pinnacle of  Athenian culture. The city enjoyed success in many different fields: military, political, history, drama, art & architecture, philosophy. Yet, despite this success and starting the century with victory over the Persians, the century ended with defeat at the hands of the Spartans. We shall consider the different fields both separately and as they interact.

Martin Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge.  He has been an active member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, serving as chairman and president.  He has been tutor for a number of adult courses locally.

Where:   Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, SY1 1LH
Date:     Tuesdays- September 18th to  November 20st 2018
(no class on 9th and 16th October)
Time:      2pm-3.30pm
Cost:       £70 pp

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Adult Education Courses at

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Reading Latin Literature with

Margaret Thorpe

READING LATIN LITERATURE AUTUMN 2018

Would you like to read Sallust’s account of the conspiracy of Catiline in the original Latin with an enthusiastic group and the help of a tutor? If you love Latin literature and Roman history and have studied the language for two or three years, however long ago, this course may be for you.

You will have the chance to study the history Rome when Cicero was making his name as a politician and came up against the desperado Catiline, who was plotting against the state.

We shall discuss the nature of politics in the last years of the Roman republic, as well as the style of Sallust the historian and his value as a source for the period about which he is writing.

You will also have the chance to revive your knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary!

The tutor will give you details of the book we shall be using.

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art gallery

Date: Tuesdays 18th September to 4th December (No classes on October 9th and 16th)     2018

Time: 9.45 – 11.00 a.m.

Cost: £80.00 per person

 Tutor: Margaret Thorpe, who has had much experience of teaching adult classes in Latin and classical subjects in Shrewsbury.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Looking at LIMESTONES- our most fossiliferous rocks

With Dr Paul Olver

at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

Through the various movements associated with plate tectonics and the resultant continental drift, Britain has spent much of its time in tropical and equatorial latitudes. We will take this journey through time and examine the distinctive and very fossiliferous limestones laid down in the warm shallow seas of the Ordovician, Silurian, Carboniferous, Jurassic and Cretaceous.

Limestones are our most fossiliferous rocks and give rise to the familiar and much-loved landscapes of Wenlock Edge, the Pennines, the Cotswolds and the Downs of Southern England. Each session will introduce the characteristic fossils of the time and allow the examination of the Museum’s fossil collection supplemented by some of the tutor’s own finds. Some key identification techniques will be covered which will be invaluable on the field trip to the Oswestry area of Shropshire to be arranged after the course.

Where: Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7/9 Parkway SY8 2PG

Dates: 5 week course on Tuesdays:

             18th Sept, 25th Sept, 2nd Oct, 9th Oct & 16th Oct 2018

Time:  10.30am-12.30pm

Cost:    £60 ( includes refreshments)

Field Trip: To be arranged

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Peopling the Past- Creative Writing Class with KATE INNES

            

How can we think our way into the lives of people who lived long ago?

Looking at an old photograph, we may feel a connection to an individual and even imagine their character. But we can also re-animate past lives through portraits, belongings, houses, letters and other ephemera. By focusing on the person, the past is lived and interpreted in bold, personal and exciting ways.

When we take time to look very closely at these important remnants, they have a wealth of experience and personality to reveal. In this way, the resources can become stepping-stones – unique paths into the past.

Writer Kate Innes leads five workshops that will explore these rich pickings. With access to special artifacts and opportunities to explore buildings, photos, letters and landscapes, course participants will have the opportunity to use creative writing to find the voices of history.

Each session will last 2 ½ hours (including a short break) and will cover: Portraits, Photographs, Objects, Ephemera, Letters, and Buildings. The course will make use of the rich and varied historical environment in Ludlow and the collections of the Ludlow Resource Centre. Course participants will be encouraged to produce a variety of writing forms, including poetry, flash fiction, and may work toward a longer piece – either a short story or a chapter of a novel.

Kate Innes trained as an archaeologist and a teacher and worked as a Museum Education Officer in the West Midlands. She is also a published, prize-winning poet and the author of The Errant Hours, a medieval adventure set in Shropshire and North Wales, and the sequel- All the Winding World. Kate will provide illustrated talks, guided walks and imaginative exercises. She will also comment on work produced during the classes, and provide editorial advice.   Tutor: Kate Innes   www.kateinneswriter.com

 

Where:   Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7/9 Parkway SY8 2PG

Dates:    Wednesday x 5 weeks: 19th Sept / 26th Sept / 3rd Oct / 10th Oct / 17th Oct 2018

Time:     10am to 12.30pm

Cost:       £65 ( includes refreshments)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Making Poems for the Archives 

A series of six workshops at Shropshire Archives led by poet Jean Atkin.

Each week Jean will introduce you to a different element of the Archive’s collections, and provide prompts, guidance and encouragement to enable everyone to write a poem or a piece of short prose.

Jean Atkin is a published poet and experienced workshop leader who tutors for Arvon and The Poetry School. Her workshops are inventive and popular. She also provides advice on editing and seeking publication for the work you will be producing. www.jeanatkin.com

Cost: £67 per person

Tuesdays- 18th Sept 25th Sept 2nd Oct 9th Oct 16th Oct   23rd Oct 2018  10.30am-12.30pm

Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

Limited numbers so please book in advance- 01743 258881 / museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Embroideries of the Corbet Bed

at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

An image of the Corbet Bed at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery which features in the new exhibition, Uncommon Threads.

The Corbet Bed

The Corbet bed, on display in Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery displays beautifully embroidered hangings created by the ladies of the Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust. On this practical day course participants will have the opportunity to learn about the embroidery patterns, fabrics and silks of the Tudor period.

There will be two groups-

1.Master the basic techniques of embroidery and produce your own slip to take home.               or

2. Learn how to finish your embroidery slip and apply it to a fabric for use or display.

 When: Friday 5th October 2018        Time: 10.30am -3.30 pm       Price: £30 pp

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery          

Tutor: Ladies from Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

2018-2019 Autumn and Spring Art Course

with Angela Gladwell M.A. (Royal College of Art)

at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

The idea for this course is to make a portrait. However, it may not necessarily be a conventional one.    We will look at the features of human faces by drawing from observation, but we will also look at the faces of animals, birds, the eye-spots of butterflies and moths (using specimens from the Ludlow Museum collection) and we will refer to the work of artists like Frieda Kahlo, Arcimboldo, the great Elizabethan black portraits, the caricatures of Hogarth, the bird men of Max Ernst, and some of the great portrait photographers.

As usual the first term will be for research through drawing and painting in preparation for the second term which will be to produce a finished portrait. Here I want to emphasise that this final piece can be anything from a conventional depiction of someone to an unconventional and inventive painting depicting any sort of character not forgetting any visual components that will serve to add to the type of person or creature that is being shown. It could be worked out as a photomontage, is it half human and half something else; is there a place for ornamental clothing, background landscape, the disguises and masks of the Venetian Carnival?

This course will suit all abilities in that as well as tuition in basic drawing and painting, we will talk about materials, and composition.

Where: Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7/9 Parkway SY8 2PG

Autumn TermEvery Monday from 1st October 2018 for 9 weeks

Spring Term– Every Monday from 7th January 2019 for 9 weeks

Time:  10am-12.30pm or 1.30-4pm

Cost:    £100 per term ( includes tea/coffee)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

HOMER & VIRGIL

with Martin Thorpe at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

The Greeks regarded Homer as their greatest poet and epic as the highest form of poetry. The Romans in turn rated Virgil as their greatest poet and his Aeneid as their national poem.

 

We shall spend the first two sessions discussing Homer’s Iliad and Odysssey and the third on the Aeneid. 

There is no set translation – indeed, the variety of English versions may be informative – but it will help if you could have read at least some of the poems. Dryden’s version of the Aeneid and Pope’s Homer have become classics of English poetry, while Robert Fagles’ modern translations of all three epics have proved popular and are available in Penguin.

Tutor: Martin Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge. He has been an active member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, serving as chairman and president, and has been tutor for a number of courses locally.

When:   Thursdays 1st , 15th & 29th November 2018

Where: Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7/9 Parkway SY8 2PG

Time:    10am to 1pm

Cost:    £45  (includes tea/coffee)

………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

We also run a learning and education programme for schools and families.

Family Fun

Families are always welcome at Shrewsbury Museum. Whether it’s dressing up, using our story bags, writing with quills or listening to our Medieval ‘audio hats’, there’s lots to do at Shrewsbury Museum.

We subscribe to the Kids in Museums manifesto and ensure our team of staff and volunteers offer a warm and welcoming environment for families to explore, create, play and learn….and we never say Shhhhh…!!

Download the new WHAT’S On Spring/Summer guide here:Whats On Guide Spring summer 2018

 

  NEW TRAIL FUN

Come and meet Maximo Mouse at the museum….follow his paw prints and  solve the clues . Good Luck!  (normal admission prices apply)

Maximo Mouse Trail

Maximo Mouse Trail

Maximo Mouse

Maximo Mouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

LEGO Spooky Castle workshop

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 !

Wednesday 31st October 2018

11am-12.30pm    or    2pm-3.30pm

£5 per child (age 5-17) with one accompanying adult free of charge

Booking essential as limited places:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/shropshire/shrewsbury-museum/lego-spooky-castle-workshop

www.ticketsoure.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum

 

 

 

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

45100_env_64

NEW 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 our brand new 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 museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk 01743 258881/258884 for further information or to book

 

 

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.

Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved with Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Whether it’s through volunteering or becoming a Friend of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, there is a plethora of activities and projects that we need support in delivering.

So, do you fancy getting involved with your local museum and art gallery?


Volunteering

We’re incredibly lucky to have wonderful volunteers at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and we’d love you to join the team and help us to continue to tell the stories of Shrewsbury and beyond, plus much more.

It’s easy to get involved and you can give as much or as little time as you are able and still make a huge difference.

An image of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery volunteers receiving an award after getting involved in Museum activity

Museum volunteers

• Meet new people, and make new and lasting friendships
• Explore the history of your local town
• Take part in exciting projects
• Join over 100 volunteers of all ages
• Add to your experiences and Learn new skills
• Boost your CV and Gain references

If you are interested in volunteering at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery or any of our other sites (Shrewsbury Castle, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Ludlow Museum and Resource Centre, Much Wenlock Museum), please contact us to find out more about how to get involved:

Email: shrewsburymuseum@shropshire.gov.uk

Tel: (01743) 258885


Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art GalleryAn image of the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery's logo featuring a lion with its mouth open.

Many of our volunteers are also Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

The Friends was established in 1983 with the general aim of supporting the objectives of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery – particularly its educational work. There are currently about 270 members of the Friends.

The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery run an annual programme of talks, visits and social events for members making it a fantastic and vibrant group in which to be involved.

Talks Programme

All talks, with the exception of the Darwin lecture, will be given at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Tuesday 25 September after the AGM  – Cerin Richardson, Acting Arts Officer Shropshire Council ‘The Work of the Arts Officer’

Wednesday 10 October at 3.30pm – Phyllida Shaw ‘An Artist’s War -the Art and Letters of Morris and Meredith Williams’

Wednesday 24 October  at 3.30pm – Andrew Bannerman  ‘None that go return again’

Saturday 3 November at 11am and 2pm – ‘Owen Aloud’

Wednesday 14 November at 3.30pm – Bob Fowke  ‘Robert Clive and Shropshire’

Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 3.30pm – Peter Reavill, British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme on ‘Recent Archaeological Finds in Shropshire and the work of the British Museum’s Scheme’

Sunday 10 February 2019 at 2.30pm – the Darwin Memorial Lecture, The Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn – Peter Moore – ‘Robert Fitzroy – a Napoleon or a Nelson?’

Tuesday 12 March 2019 at 3.30pm – Daniel Lockett ‘Mammoths to Minerals: digitising Shropshire’s Geology’

Wednesday 10 April 2019 at 3.30pm –  David de Haan ‘The Early Iconography of the Iron Bridge’

For full details of these talks and more information about being a Friend, please visit the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery’s website.

Shrewsbury Steam Trust

Our partners at the Shrewsbury Steam Trust maintain and man the engines and boiler at Coleham Pumping Station. If you would like to get involved they would love to hear from you at enquiries@colehampumpingstation.co.uk

Switch to Mobile view!