Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster

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Lancaster City Museum is a museum in Lancaster, Lancashire, England. It is housed in the former town hall in the Market Square and includes the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum. The museum was founded in 1923, and its collections illustrate the archaeology and history of the city and surrounding areas. Among its highlights is the Lancaster Roman Tombstone, a memorial dating from c. 100 AD which was found locally in 2005. It depicts a Roman soldier on horseback with a decapitated opponent at his feet, and is described as "an iconic piece of Lancaster's dramatic past a crucial insight into the history of the county." The museum has expressed an interest in acquiring the Viking-era Silverdale Hoard, discovered in the City of Lancaster district in 2011, for its collection.The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council granted the museum "Accredited" status; since 1 October 2011 accreditation is a responsibility of Arts Council England.Lancaster Old Town HallThe Old Town Hall building in which the museum is housed is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building. It was designed by Major Thomas Jarrett and built between 1781 and 1783, with a cupola added in 1782 to a design by Thomas Harrison. It was extended in 1871 and 1886. In 1910, the functions of the Town Hall were transferred to a new building in nearby Dalton Square. The old Town Hall was converted into a museum in 1923.
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  • The best museum of it's kind i have been too. Lots to look at and lots of interesting things to see/find out about. The local history bit is great with the displays. Excellent to say it is just for a ...  more »
  • Lots on military history displayed as well as an informative section on the giant munitions explosion and a detailed account of that three days to quench the fires.  more »
  • Many museum skirt around certain parts of the story, but you can't accuse Lancaster of doing that. The military section is crammed with stories, exhibits, first hand witness accounts and the odd Victo...  more »
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  • I go here very often and always find something new. Gallery exhibition , downstairs, changes monthly( ish). The City history and Kings Own Regiment museums are upstairs.
  • Needs an update but still gives a good insight into local history. Interesting if you live locally or are just visiting.
  • Free to enter and staff fairly friendly. Good Roman stuff.
  • A must go when visiting Lancaster. Free and strongly recomendable. It makes a pastrough the history of Lancaster.
  • Small but there display on the wars very good the chap on the door very polite and offer of help genuine

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