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Programme 2017-2018
Generously supported by
The Westminster Foundation

All meetings and talks are at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester at 7.30pm however some are at
1-30pm (7th December) or 2-30pm (16th January & 8th February).
Entry is free to members, £5 for visitors and £2 for students/under 18s.


Tuesday 14th November at 7-30pm

Chester Celebrates

by David Cummings

David talks about the many and varied ways in which Chester celebrates its unique heritage through special events, reminding us of the Mystery Plays, The City Passion, Civil War
re-enactments and Chester’s Roman past.
Also included will be the Grosvenor Park Theatre, Theatre in the Quarter, the Lord Mayor’s procession, Saturnalia, WW1 Remembrance and the Islands Project at Chester Zoo.

Sponsored by Convivio Restaurant, Grosvenor Street, Chester


Wednesday 22nd November at 7.30pm

Seasonal concert and buffet supper with The Hammond Chorale

Tickets £20, admission is strictly by ticket only, purchased in advance.

Sponsored by Chez Jules Restaurant, Northgate Street, Chester


Tuesday 5th December at 7-30pm

“With the Guns”
A Cheshire Artillery subaltern at war 1914-1918

by John Jones

It's the story of Harold Cooper who served in the Royal Field Artillery in WW1. The history of the artillery in Cheshire is touched upon. During Harold’s journey, we meet Noel Chavasse VC and Bar, Bob Marley’s father, Basil Rathbone disguised as a tree and many ordinary folk who gave so much.
Harold was wounded at Passchendaele and helps to develop anti-aircraft artillery serving on the Western Front.

Sponsored by Mr and Mrs Terry Rimmer


Wednesday 6th December at 1.30pm

The Spirit of Christmas Past

You are invited to join a private guided tour around the well-loved period rooms in the Museum which will be festooned with Christmas decorations in the vernacular of the time.
Museum staff have researched and reproduced the items that would have created Christmas cheer in days gone by.
This tour will conclude with a mince pie and cuppa in the little tearoom.
Please note that this visit includes climbing some of the staircases in the museum, although there is one street level room that is fully accessible via the courtyard entrance.
There’s no need to book but we will ask you to sign up at the December lecture to assist with catering.
Cost £4. Please bring lots of friends!
If you would like to attend this event please email
info@grosvenormuseumsociety.co.uk
with your name, contact telephone number and the number attending.

Sponsored by the Local Tesco and Sainsbury Supermarkets


Tuesday 16th January NB afternoon lecture at 2.30pm

Cathedral Collapses and Failures – the learning curve

by Geoffrey Clifton

He outlines and illustrates the development of Gothic cathedral design and construction. Geoffrey, a retired consulting engineer who was engineer to Wells and Lincoln cathedrals and a commissioner on the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England, looks at the causes of collapses and also the growing confidence of master builders.

Sponsored by Mr and Mrs Bryan King


Thursday 8th February NB afternoon lecture at 2.30pm

King Edward I and his travels in Cheshire

by Alan Crosby

He introduces us to Edward I (reigned 1272-1307), who is known today as ‘The Hammer of the Scots’. However his wars against the Welsh were far more effective, with consequences that last to the present day. During the 1270s and 1280s, Edward campaigned in North Wales for long periods, using Chester as his main base. For months on end, the city was the de facto capital of England. This talk considers the places in the county where the king and his household resided, the routes they took and the role of Chester itself as the HQ of the winning side in an international war.

Sponsored by The Westminster Foundation


Wednesday 14th March at 7.30pm

British Humour: 18th to 20th Century

by Michael Murphy

Raising our spirits and providing an insight into what makes us smile today and in the past, Michael Murphy returns to entertain us and reveal the changing mores of British humour.

Sponsored by Restaurant 1539, Chester Racecourse


Monday 16th April at 7.30pm

Medieval Fantasies and Modern Artists: the patronage of Howard de Walden of Chirk Castle 1911-1946

by Peter Lord

Peter Lord has conducted original research into the ‘Camelot court’ of artists and authors associated with Lord Howard de Walden at Chirk.
The cast includes Augustus John, Rodin, Epstein and Eric Gill, G B Shaw, Yeats, Kipling, Chesterfield and Dylan Thomas.
Peter Lord engages his audience with fascinating insights into all periods of Welsh art and artists.
He has published widely.

Sponsored by Bonhams Auctioneers, Chester


Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm

Rediscovery of Arcadia: Capability Brown and the Pastoral Idyll

by Gareth Williams

Capability Brown’s local landscape designs include Eaton Park, Wynnstay, Tatton Park, and Dunham Massey.
Gareth Williams, is Curator of Art at Weston Park Shropshire, a family seat where Capability Brown designed the grounds.
He will include many local examples to introduce us to the landscape designer who moved lakes, rivers, trees and hillsides to ‘improve’ the parklands of Britain’s country houses to meet the artistic sensibilities of the 18th century.

Sponsored by Fisher German, Property Consultants, Chester