Generously supported by
The Westminster Foundation
All meetings and talks are at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester at 7.30pm however some are at
2-30pm (16th January & 8th February).
Entry is free to members, £5 for visitors and £2 for students/under 18s.
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
Thursday 1st March NB afternoon lecture at 2.30pm
Exhibition Gallery One
Meet the Curator
This is a mmbers only event
Are you puzzled by modern art? ‘Right Here, Right Now’ is the Grosvenor Museum’s current exhibition of art from the 21st century.
Peter Boughton, Keeper of Art will give his insight and interpretations of contemporary British art on an exclusive tour of the exhibition.
Numbers are limited to 15 in order that participants can properly see and appreciate the works so you will need to book as soon as possible.
This is a Members Only Event but you are welcome to bring a friend if you feel that this could encourage them to become a member of the society.
Free event, however donations welcome!
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
Wednesday 11th April
Day’s excursion to Chillington Hall and Weston Park.
A day trip has been arranged to these two prestigious locations.
We are especially lucky with Chillington to get a private tour, and tea and biscuits on arrival. There will then be free time to wander round the gardens before lunch at 1 pm,
which will be served in the magnificent Grand Saloon.
At 2-00pm depart for Weston Park for a meet and greet with Gareth Williams,
Head of Learning, followed by a guided tour of this beautiful house.
There will be free time to appreciate the Capability Brown-designed grounds, and visit the café, before departing for home at 4.30pm.
Ploughman’s buffet consisting of a variety of farmhouse cheeses, ham, local pork pie, pickles, bread and salad selection. A soft drink will also be provided.
Please let us know in good time if you have any specific dietary requirements.
8.45am from Grosvenor Museum, Grosvenor Street, Chester
9.00 from Sainsbury’s Supermarket, where parking has been arranged
(please park by the waste bins).
£45 per person insurance not included
To book a place please email
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.