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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

City museum celebrates 125th birthday

THE GROSVENOR Museum in Chester is celebrating its 125th birthday next month. 

The museum was founded by two leading societies in Victorian Chester, the Chester Archaeological Society and the Chester Society for Natural Sciences. 

Built on a plot of land donated by the Duke of Westminster and paid for by the people of Chester, the museum first opened its doors to the public on August 9 1886 and delighted visitors with displays of natural history, archaeology and art. 

Over the past 125 years the displays and collections have steadily been added and the Grosvenor Museum now holds nationally important collections which are enjoyed by many thousands of visitors each year. 

On Saturday August 6, in advance of the birthday celebrations, the museum is hosting a special day in partnership with the Chester Archaeological Society, looking at 125 years of archaeological discovery in Chester. 

There will be contributions from leading experts in the field on subjects including major local excavations, the amphitheatre and the city walls. 

Tickets are £4 – £3 for members of the Chester Archaeological Society – and include tea or coffee. On August 9 there will be a special event when visitors will meet Roman soldiers and Victorian antiquarians as well as joining in with games and festivities to celebrate the museum’s birthday. The drop-in event will run from 
11am to 4pm and is free of charge. 

For further information, or to book tickets, please call the museum shop on 01244 402005.

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