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The city of Chester has a long and complex history of occupation with archaeological remains surviving from many periods in its history.  The Chester Urban Archaeological Database and Characterisation project has recently recorded these complex layers in detail.

Grosvenor Museum Archaeology
Chester Rows

Archaeologists at the Grosvenor Museum have many years experience in managing and interpreting the urban archaeological resource, including the visible monuments, buried remains, and finds and archives.

In addition they also provides a range of site information and public and community access services, including helping to deliver the University of Chester Archaeology course.

Chester Excavation Archives

Chester archaeological remains to visit

Volunteer work

Chester Excavation Archives

Excavation archives The Grosvenor Museum Archaeologists can advise on the archives – written and drawn records, photographs, artefacts and environmental samples – from excavations carried out since 1963, primarily in the centre of Chester. Reference Collections We also hold multi-period collections of pottery, ceramic building materials and animal bone, as well as a reference collection …


The Archaeological Officers at the Grosvenor Museum Chester sometimes have opportunities for volunteer involvement in their archaeology projects but this is on an irregular basis. If you would like to join our mailing list and to receive notice of opportunities when they arise please email or write to the address below. No previous experience of …

Chester Cross

Chester’s Archaeological Remains

You can discover Chester’s fascinating history by visiting some of the ruins and remains in and around the city: The Rows These are the galleries that run through the fronts of the houses at first-floor level on the four main streets in the city centre.  The Rows gave access to the main living accommodation, the …