Children go FREE at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to be offering FREE entry for children from Saturday 26 August 2017 until Friday 1 September 2017.

Children up to the age of 17 will be given free entry to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery where they can explore the exciting and varied history of Shrewsbury and Shropshire, as well as the current special exhibition, Antarctica: Life in hostile land.

During their visit, children will be able to see some of the best preserved mammoth bones in the UK, take part in the Maximo Mouse museum trail, have a go at the interactive exhibits in the Medieval Gallery, dress up and take part in hands-on craft activities. The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum are providing extra funding for these activities which will help children to get the most from their museum experience.

An image of two children in front on a painting at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery with cardboard binoculars ahead of the free entry for children promotion.

Children enjoying the galleries at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Entry for children usually costs £2 but this will be paid by The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery for the duration of the week. The Friends hope that young people and their families will discover the wealth of activities on offer at their local museum and have a great day out.

Children under the age of 14 will need to be accompanied by an adult when visiting the Museum.

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

“We’re all very excited to be able to offer children free entry to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery for the week and we’re particularly grateful to the Friends for supporting us in this endeavour, among many others.

“A lot of work has been put into making Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery a child friendly place to visit so we’re looking forward to welcoming as many children and families as possible.”

Over the years the Friends have provided support worth over £100,000, mainly through helping with the funding of new acquisitions for the museum.

David Waterhouse, Chairman of the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, said:

“We are delighted to be able to help to increase access to the Museum over the holiday period for children and hope that this would lead to a continuing interest in the wide range of information and activities that Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery has to offer.”

The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery currently has around 300 members and, over the 30 years since its foundation, has provided continuous support, initially to Shrewsbury’s Borough Museums, but since the local government reorganisation in 2009, to Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Recently the Friends have been the principal sponsors of the very successful Margaret Rope exhibition ‘Heavenly Lights’ giving £5000. With substantial help from a generous benefactor, a further £7000, has been given to the costs of the current exhibition ‘Antarctica, Life in a Hostile Land’ which is on display at the museum until 17 September.

Follow these links for more information about the family activities programme and the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

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.”