Duchess of Westminster becomes President of Chester's Grosvenor Museum Society as it celebrates major fundraising milestones

5 December 2017

Chester’s Grosvenor Museum Society welcomed its new President, the Duchess of Westminster, as the group celebrated raising more than £100,000 in support of the city’s important cultural asset.

Her Grace was delighted to accept the offer to become President of the Grosvenor Museum Society and joined the group, which was established in 1981 and provides vital support for the museum, at a formal visit on 1 December.

The Duchess said: “I am very happy to accept the invitation to become President of the Grosvenor Museum Society, which provides such valuable assistance to this important institution.

"The Grosvenor family have long supported the museum and look forward to working together more in the future.”

Mrs Wendy Hazlehurst, Vice-President of the Grosvenor Museum Society, said: “We are delighted that the Duchess has accepted the Presidency of our Society.  The financial support given by the Society to the museum has just passed the £100,000 mark, and we are thrilled that Her Grace has joined us to celebrate this milestone.  

"The Society has greatly enriched the visitor experience at the museum by supporting the purchase of nearly 200 objects, including paintings, silver, ceramics, furniture, clocks, fossils and geological specimens.  The Society has also funded a wide range of other projects such as publications, conservation and framing, educational materials and public events, and this year the redisplay of the natural history gallery and the refurbishment of the exhibition galleries.”     

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, added: “The Grosvenor Museum Society provides vital support for the museum, whose nationally important collections celebrate Chester’s cultural and natural heritage with displays of art, archaeology, silver, natural history, period rooms and exhibitions. The museum welcomes thousands of children on school visits and offers packed programmes of family and adult events.  

"I am enormously grateful to the Society for funding the much-needed refurbishment of our two exhibition galleries. This major project was completed last month, and the galleries are now hosting our winter exhibitions – ‘Right Here, Right Now: 21st-Century Art’ and ‘Techne: Creating Art’.”  The Grosvenor Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10.30am-5pm and Sunday 1-4pm, admission free, donations welcome.  

Cllr Louise Gittins, Duchess of Westminster, Mrs Wendy Hazlehurst
Cllr Louise Gittins, Duchess of Westminster, Mrs Wendy Hazlehurst 

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