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Events and activities at the Grosvenor Museum

31 July 2013

An extensive programme of events and activities linked to our ‘Discover a Medieval City’ exhibition is now running, led by the Grosvenor Museum. Keith Lilley, Paul Vetch and I were in Chester last week to be involved in some of these events. On the morning of Thursday 25 July, Keith, together with Gareth Dean, led a ‘Mapping Workshop’, which gave participants the opportunity to explore historic maps of Chester and some of the techniques used to produce our digital atlas of the city – from traditional paper tracing to the digital technologies of GIS mapping. In the afternoon, Keith, Sue Hughes (Grosvenor Museum), Paul and I led a walking tour of the city, stopping at various sites to talk about the medieval cityscape, read extracts from the medieval texts, give accounts of real medieval people associated with the place, and show objects in the museum’s collection from that location. We also unveiled our ‘mobile friendly’ version of the website, which allows you to follow your route through the city using GPS tracking and explore the medieval places near to you (more on that soon). In the evening, I gave a lecture on ‘Bringing the Past to Life’, exploring the tradition of bringing history to life in Chester over several centuries, and how our use of new tools and technologies is another step in this process. Thank you to everyone who got involved, asked interesting questions and shared their own insights. Many more events were held over the weekend – see this full-page coverage from the Entertainment Guide in the Chester Chronicle:

Chester Chronicle July 2013

‘Discover a Medieval City’ launch

9 May 2013

Our new exhibition ‘Discover a Medieval City: Places, Voices, Journeys’ launched at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum with an evening event on Friday 3 May. Over 100 people attended, including representatives from local government and heritage / tourism organisations and Arts Council England (who funded the amazing 3D films of medieval objects in the exhibition – they really have to be seen!).

It was really exciting to see the exhibition come together. The number of objects on display from the Museum collections (which have normally been hidden away in archives) is astonishing. There’s also a range of wonderful medieval manuscripts, loaned from Chester cathedral, Chester Record Office and the National Library of Wales (the manuscripts had been gathered together for sending just before the terrible fire there). The exhibition also has a range of interactive content, from audio and video materials to those 3D films of medieval objects, kiosks with access to the ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website, and a large map with doors to open and explore. The calligraphic interpretations of poems by modern writers, responding to the medieval material, are really beautiful, and the exhibition is laid out as a series of spaces – cloister, tavern, kitchen – which allow you to explore different aspects of city life. We will add a gallery of exhibition images to the ‘Discover Medieval Chester’ website very soon.

Thank you again to Sue Hughes and her team at the Grosvenor Museum for bringing together this wonderful exhibition. It has been a privilege to be involved.

The project team (Keith, Catherine, Paul and Sue) with a kiosk at the exhibition

The project team (Keith, Catherine, Paul and Sue) with a kiosk at the exhibition

Writers’ workshop discovers medieval Chester

26 October 2012

As part of the Discover Medieval Chester project, Sue Hughes and a team from the Grosvenor Museum have been working with local writers in and around Chester. Some recent activities have involved the ‘Write Stuff’ W.E.A. Creative Writers group – also known as the ‘Hoole-igans’, as that’s where they’re based. Through their work with the Museum, the group have been reflecting on Chester as a border city and the connections between medieval objects and experiences and their own today. Sue Hughes sends this report on the recent events:

The Museum Service attended the poetry group’s meeting on 3 October to introduce them to the themes of the Discover Medieval Chester programme.  Sue Hughes explained the thinking behind the exhibition; the concept of mapping the medieval city, the influence of the medieval texts, the various collections which would illustrate life in the city and how this relates to borders, both in the past and today.  Liz Royles then showed them a range of medieval objects from the collections including personal items such as jewellery and sewing needles, religious items such as pilgrim rattles and everyday items such as pots and jugs.

On 15 October the group arrived at the museum to meet Welsh poet Aled Evans.  He spoke to them about border poetry, read them some of  his own work and then allowed them some time to start creating their own writing.  The group then read out some of their draft ideas which were inspiring and included group leader Jan Bengree’s poem ‘The Women from Wales’.  Everyone is looking forward to the work being refined and being displayed as part of the exhibition in 2013.

Chester Literature Festival

26 October 2012

On Saturday 20 October, Catherine Clarke led two events as part of the Essar Chester Literature Festival. In the historic surroundings of St John’s Church, the talk on ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ was attended by over 60 people, while the following workshop, ‘Discover Medieval Chester’, was fully booked with around 30 participants.

The talk gave insights into the project team’s research on Chester, with particular attention to the texts as medieval ‘literary guides’ to the city. In the workshop, participants had the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ with original sources (in facsimile), trying a bit of palaeography and historical detective work with the 12th-century manuscript of Lucian’s De Laude Cestrie and the early 16th-century printed book of Bradshaw’s Lilfe of St Werburge. Thanks to everyone for coming and getting so actively involved, and to the Chester Literature Festival team for organising the events.

Chester Literature Festival events

29 August 2012

Two events at the Essar Chester Literature Festival 2012 will be linked to Discover Medieval Chester and the research produced by the Mapping Medieval Chester project. Both are on Saturday 20 October. We would love you to join us to discuss some of the medieval texts and manuscripts relating to Chester, and to share some previews of the new Discover Medieval Chester multi-media resources. Places are limited and booking is essential.


‘Hryre’ photography competition!

27 January 2012

Could you take a winning photograph of the lighting installation at St John’s ruins, Chester? There’s a £200 cash prize for the winning image. The lighting sequences will be adjusted for a short period to help you take your photo. Please see full details, and the official entry form, here. Closing date Sunday 26 February. Good luck!

Medieval events

10 February 2011

We’re continuing to work in partnership with the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, to promote the medieval heritage of the city and its surrounding area. There are a few exciting developments in progress at the moment – watch this space for news. In the meantime, here are details of some of the medieval-themed events coming up in Cheshire over the next year. For further details on any of these, please contact the Grosvenor Museum.

Medieval musicians at St John's Church