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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  • They link magic via Harry Potter, to real witch trials. Entrance was free but the exhibits were high standard and we found them interesting. Good place to while away an hour of two.  more »
  • Staff very helpful and freindly you could spend whole day here and still miss something very interesting well worth visit  more »
  • Eventually found the way in through the workings going on , and glad we did . Well laid out sections with plenty to see.  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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