Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Views from the Walls: the story of Chester's most notable feature

A new exhibition celebrating Chester’s famous city walls will open at the Grosvenor Museum this week (Saturday 16 July).

Chester's city walls form the most complete circuit of walls in Britain, so Chester is rightly renowned as 'The Walled City'.

The ‘Views from the Walls’ exhibition takes you on a tour around the walls and all the sites along the route, exploring their Roman origins, Saxon and Medieval additions, Civil War conflict and Georgian elegance with objects and art from the museum collections.

Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, Councillor Stuart Parker, said: “More than 3 million people visit Chester’s city walls each and every year. The walls have many stories to share and this exhibition will give viewers fascinating insight into the history of a structure that dates back to the Roman times. I would encourage anyone with an interest in Chester’s extensive past to visit the Grosvenor Museum’s exhibition.”

The exhibition will open with a morning of special events. Visitors to the exhibition between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm will be able to get hands on with the history of the walls with our handling table in the exhibition gallery, and can have a go at making their own tower to take home.

A tour around the walls, run by Chester’s Blue Badge Guides, will be taking place at 2pm, leaving from the Visitor Information Centre in the Town Hall Square. To book a place on the tour please call 0845 647 7868.
An exciting programme of events associated with the exhibition, including talks, tours and fun craft activities, will be running throughout the exhibition, which is open until 2 October.

For further details, please contact Elizabeth Royles at the Grosvenor Museum on 01244 402025 or visit the Grosvenor Museum page.

Source: Cheshire West and Chester Council