The Grosvenor Museum in Chester celebrates its 130th anniversary this year, with a big party planned for August 10.

To celebrate this milestone the museum, which opened in 1886, has a range of activities planned, looking at what the museum has collected over the past 130 years, with the chance to see rarely displayed artefacts, handle objects and learn the stories behind how they became part of the museum’s collection.

There are also plenty of craft activities that will let you discover the history of the collections.

As part of the celebrations the museum will be looking for people to contribute their memories to the Memories of the Museum project. Using a mixture of oral history and written memories they want to build a picture of how the museum has impacted on people’s lives.

The front of the museum, largely unchanged since 1886

The Memories project will launch with an event in March, following which people will be able to contribute online through the website, or in person at the museum.

Cabinet member for culture, leisure and wellbeing councillor Louise Gittins said: “This is a great opportunity for residents to see the wide ranging information and facts that the museum has collected for over 130 years. It is unimaginable to think how much heritage and memories this museum has stored within its four walls over the decades.

“I urge everybody to contribute their memories to the ‘Memories of the Museum’ project. Our birthday event on August 10 will be packed with activities and fun for all the family and is a great opportunity for visitors to see all the great things the Grosvenor Museum has to offer the local community.”