The Project

'Discover Medieval Chester: Place, Heritage and Identity' is a project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council under their Knowledge Transfer Fellowship Scheme.

'Discover Medieval Chester' builds on an earlier research project, 'Mapping Medieval Chester: place and identity in an English borderland city, c.1200-1500', and aims to share that research with new audiences in innovative and creative ways. At the heart of the project is a partnership between the academic team and the Grosvenor Museum, Chester.

You can visit the 'Mapping Medieval Chester' website and see the original research here.

The 'Discover Medieval Chester' project includes several core elements:

  • a major new exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, entitled 'Discover a Medieval City: Places, Voices, Journeys', which will then transfer to Wrexham Museum and later become a smaller permanent exhibition in Chester
  • the 'Discover Medieval Chester' website, with new interactive map, multi-media resources and user-generated tour feature, as well as the game and other materials
  • the 'Hryre' artwork at St John's ruins, created in collaboration with the artist Nayan Kulkarni and with additional funding from Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester Renaissance
  • a series of paper brochures, offering a┬ávariety of tours of medieval Chester (including one version in a range of languages)
  • community events in Chester and beyond, sharing and developing our work in partnership with local people

You can read about the aims and objectives of the 'Discover Medieval Chester' project here (PDF file).