The University of Chester Riverside Museum, run by volunteers from the Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society, will be open between 1pm and 4pm to welcome students, staff and other visitors. Based at the University’s Wheeler Building on Castle Drive, it contains a permanent collection of curiosities from the world of medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work, in addition to an original letter written by Florence Nightingale from Balaclava.

The First World War: Returning Home exhibition provides an insight into what a soldier invalided back from the Front would have found on his return to Cheshire. Using local examples wherever possible, the exhibition covers aspects such as medical advances, the psychological effects of war, volunteering and volunteer nurses, a doctor’s country practice, home life, working women and social welfare.

This exhibition has been created by the Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society volunteers and refurbished with the generous help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Heritage. Visitors with an interest in health and social care or local and social history are always welcome to visit the Museum and find out more from the volunteers, many of whom have a healthcare background. The wearing of face-coverings is no longer mandatory but we encourage people to do so.

Please maintain social distancing and hand-hygiene and do not attend if you are feeling unwell or have tested positive for Covid19 in the last seven days. If you do decide not to wear a face covering, please respect others who choose to do so, especially in the confined space of the museum.

A maximum of six people plus volunteers will be allowed in each room at any one time. Group bookings for six or more people can be made at other times by prior arrangement. Please contact: or 01244 512126.

Access is via main Wheeler Building reception (formerly County Hall) opposite the River Dee. Please use city centre car parks or public transport and the address is: University of Chester, The Wheeler Building, Castle Drive, Chester CH1 1SL. For all the latest programme details, please visit: – 01244 512126

No booking needed

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