Although I was aware of the City Art Gallery and Museum’s location, I hadn’t intended to visit this time around – I already had places I was more eager to explore. However, when I found myself nearby with an hour before it closed I decided to pop in, even if it meant only being able to see a small portion of the museum. What I hadn’t realised was just how small the place is, and I actually managed to see everything I could and have time to spare.
Founded in 1833 it is supposedly one of the oldest regional museums in the country. It moved to the above building in 1835. I actually found it to be very much a hodge podge of exhibitions and displays that didn’t seem very cohesive (the website appears to try and make this an appealing aspect of the museum – I’m not so sure).
I did enjoy the Fancy Pants: A Celebration of Style Exhibition, which explored the glamorous clothing of Worcestershire citizens from the 1920s-40s.
Highlights in other sections of the museum include these dinosaur imprints. It was known as the marks of the “Hand Beast” when it was discovered in Germany and Cheshire in the 1830s until 1925 when a palaeontologist suggested they were made by a group of reptiles called pseudosuchians. Research still continues to fully identify their origin but it is known that they are over 200 million years old.
And this case, probably made by a young girl in the 17th century as needlework practice was particularly interesting.
The saving grace of the museum is that it is free, so if you find yourself at a loose end it would make for an engaging half-hour. I wouldn’t, however, make it the focus of a visit to Worcester.
More photos can be found here.