CHESTER’S Grosvenor Museum has been enjoying a 12% surge in visitor numbers over the past year.
Entry is free and the recession could be one reason for around 100,000 people taking advantage of a free day out.
But museum learning development officer Kate Harland thinks there’s more to it than simple economics.
She believes the main reason for impressive surge in numbers is because the museum is becoming better at bringing history to life and capturing people’s attention and interest.
Interactivity is the name of the game these days and more and more children are lapping up the experience.
The city’s Roman history gives the perfect opportunity for dressing up and role play - but there’s a whole lot more to enjoy besides that with exhibitions and activity across Chester’s rich history.
The museum had more than 5,000 visitors in the last school holidays - which was “considerably more” than last year.
Kate explained: “We have more than 20,000 children visiting us every year. They usually come to do the Roman day but schools who visit can also find out about Victorians, Tudors and the Second World War.
“We try to make the learning fun. We always use objects to help embed the learning and quite often get dressed up so the children can feel what it was like in the past.”