Grosvenor Museum celebrates 130 years
22 February 2016The Grosvenor Museum is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year - having opened in 1886.
To celebrate this milestone the museum has a whole range of activities planned throughout the year, with each special 130th celebration activity looking at how much has changed inside, and outside, of the museum since it first opened its doors.
There will be many activities looking at what the museum has collected over the past 130 years, with the chance to see rarely displayed artefacts, handle objects and learn the stories behind how they became part of the museum’s collection.
There are also plenty of craft activities that will let you discover the history of the collections, and of the last 130 years.
As part of the celebrations the museum will be looking for people to contribute their memories to the ‘Memories of the Museum’ project. Using a mixture of oral history and written memories they want to build a picture of how the museum has impacted on people’s lives.
The Memories project will launch with the ‘Memories of the Museum’ event in March, and following this people will be able to contribute to the project online through the website, or in person at the museum.
Keep an eye on the museum’s social media pages, not only will they keep you up to date with all the activities that have been planned, there is going to be special exclusive content posted throughout the year that will show a different side to the museum.
Don’t forget to make a date in your diary; the big birthday party is on August 10, so make sure you keep up with the website www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk to be the first to find out what special celebrations are planned.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing, said: “This is a great opportunity for residents to see the wide ranging information and facts that the museum has collected for over 130 years. It is unimaginable to think how much heritage and memories this museum has stored within its four walls over the decades.
“I urge everybody to contribute their memories to the ‘Memories of the Museum’ project. Our birthday event on August 10 will be packed with activities and fun for all the family and is a great opportunity for visitors to see all the great things the Grosvenor Museum has to offer the local community.”
The original building committee stood outside the entrance to the Grosvenor Museum 1886.
The front of the museum, largely unchanged since 1886.