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Programme 2019
Generously supported by
The Westminster Foundation

All meetings and talks are at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester at 7-30pm
Except for
January 2019 & February 2019 talks
which are at 2-30pm
Entry is free to members, £5 for visitors and £2 for students/under 18s.


Due to various circumstances entirely beyond our control,
there are two changes to forthcoming lectures
Thursday 7th February and Monday 8th April see below for the new lectures.

We do not have a coffee break during the afternoon lectures but a delicious cuppa is always available in the Museum’s period café at the back of the building.
If you haven’t been, do visit and take a step back in time it’s guaranteed to prompt a few memories!


Tuesday 22nd January NB afternoon lecture at 2.30pm

The Victorian Way of Death
by Dr Amanda Draper

From horse-drawn hearse to jet jewellery, the Victorians lavished much more money on their funerals than on their weddings.
Find out why, as Dr Amanda Draper lifts the veil to reveal to us the cryptic customs enshrouding a Victorian death.

Sponsored by G & M Goold Independent Funeral Services, Chester

This lecture complements the Grosvenor Museum exhibition Dead Normal: Death in Everyday Life
(27th October- 22nd April)


Tuesday 29th January NB afternoon lecture at 2.30pm

Private Tour Of
Memento Mori
by Peter Boughton

Peter Boughton has kindly offered another private tour for Grovenor Museum Society members and their friends
(particularly those who might be persuaded to join the Society!). 
He will show us round the current exhibition
‘Memento Mori’
A collection of watercolours, prints, drawings and photographs which show how inhabitants of Cheshire have commemorated their dead from Roman times onwards. 

This event is free of charge,
but numbers are restricted so please book in advance
Please meet in Gallery Two. 


Thursday 7th February NB afternoon lecture at 2.30pm

The History of Wirral’s Dee Coastline
from Chester to West Kirby
by Gavin Hunter


Thursday 14th March at 7.30pm

Scandal, Spies and the Theatre
by Colin Barber

Colin Barber’s talk focuses on the 1950s, 60s and 70s and reveals fascinating and dramatic stories through words, pictures and music with guest ‘appearances’ of such familiar and notorious names as Rackman and Profumo.

Sponsored by 1539 Restaurant and Bar, Chester Racecourse


Thursday 4th April

Spring Outing

A mid-Cheshire discovery day including
The Lion Salt Works, Weaver Hall Museum and Anderton Boat Lift.

More details to follow and in the January newsletter.


Monday 8th April at 7.30pm

Men of Warrington
Influence and deeds in North West England

by Dr Diana Leitch

This thriving industrial town in the late 18th century and early 19th century produced men who were to influence the creation of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical society and education in Manchester, as well as creating one of the biggest foundries and chemical works in the North West region.
The Gaskells, Thomas Percival and Thomas Barnes will be explored, as well as their relationship to other well-known people at the time like the Roscoes and James Nasmyth.


Tuesday 28th May at 7.30pm

King of all Balloons

by Mark Davies

Mark Davies’ talk will be full of the hot air as he describes the exciting event in 1785 when three manned balloon flights took off from the City of Chester, and he continues with a look at the courage and invention of the pioneers of flight – men and women – over subsequent decades.

Sponsored by Bonhams, Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers, Chester