An Invitation to a Members’ Event at Norton Priory - 27th September
You may have followed in our members' newsletter, the developments and ongoing research taking place at Norton Priory Museum, in Runcorn, Cheshire. It is the most excavated medieval monastic site in Europe, and evidence of a form of Paget’s disease has been discovered in an unusually high number of the medieval skeletons uncovered at the Priory. You can see one of these on display in the museum. Multidisciplinary research, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Paget’s Association, is producing exciting results, which will add to our understanding of the history of Paget’s disease and may inform clinical practice in the future.
Members of the Paget’s Association and their family/friends are invited to join the Paget’s Association at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens on Friday the 27th September for a Members’ Day. Staff and Trustees from the Paget’s Association will also be there throughout the day and so there will be opportunities to ask us questions regarding Paget’s disease. Not only are we offering reduced admission, but you can also take advantage of a free guided tour of the museum and we have also included lunch. For just £5, this is an excellent opportunity to visit, not only the museum and grounds but also the beautiful Walled Garden and learn how ancient Paget’s disease is informing our understanding of the condition.
Reduced Entrance Fee - We have negotiated a reduced entrance fee of £5.00 for members, and for those attending with them (normal adult admission is £8.75).
Free Guided Tour - A free, optional, guided tour by the senior keeper, Lynn Smith, has been arranged. Full details of timings will be in our August newsletter.
Free Lunch - A buffet lunch will be provided by the Paget’s Association, for members and those attending with them.
Ask a Question - Following lunch, there will be an opportunity to ask Trustees and staff of the Paget’s Association questions regarding Paget’s disease.
Time to Explore - There will be plenty of free time to explore not only the museum and its grounds, but also the striking Walled Garden. Refreshments can be purchased in the museum café, and the tea rooms in the courtyard of the Walled Garden. As well as teas, coffees and home-made cakes, you can try the Norton Priory ice-cream and Norton Priory ale.
How do I Take Advantage of the Offer?
To take advantage of the reduced admission fee, free tour and lunch, you must book through the Paget’s Association. The Association will provide the museum reception staff with your name/s so that when you arrive at the museum, you will be charged the reduced fee of £5.00. To book, please use the form in our May or August 2019 newsletter, email [email protected] or telephone 0161 799 4646.
Access - Most of the site is wheelchair friendly. Although the ruins are difficult to navigate, there is a path around the perimeter of the ruins, and the paths in the Walled Garden are gravel. There is blue badge parking in the museum car park and limited spaces at the Walled Garden, in front of the gardener's cottage and entrance.
Getting There - Norton Priory Museum & Gardens is at the end of Tudor Road in Runcorn, Cheshire. From the M56, leave at junction 11, following the A56, then turn left onto the A558 (Daresbury Expressway). Take the second exit at the roundabout (A558) and then take the next exit for Norton Priory, following the brown attraction signage. If you are using satellite navigation use the following postcode WA7 1BD.
An Oasis of Beautiful Garden and Woodland
Set in an oasis of 42 acres of beautiful garden and woodland lie the archaeological remains of an abbey dating from the 12th to 16th centuries. The abbey was closed in 1536, as part of the dissolution of the monasteries. Excavation of the site began in 1970 revealing the foundations and lower parts of the walls of the monastery buildings and the abbey church. Surrounded by woodland, it is now a visitor attraction with a museum and Georgian walled garden. The museum has thousands of historical artefacts including the internationally significant 14th century statue of St Christopher.
Visitors can view an interactive display about Paget’s disease, which includes a video of an interview with our Specialist Paget’s Nurse and one of our members. There are also exhibits related to ancient Paget’s disease. These help visitors understand Paget’s disease and how it may affect individuals.
The beautiful walled garden was built in the 18th century by the Brooke family who owned and lived at Norton Priory from 1545 to the 1920s. The garden features a rose walk, fruit trees, ice house, sculpture trail and proudly boasts the national collection of tree quince.
To take advantage of the reduced admission fee, free tour and lunch, you must book through the Paget’s Association. To book, please email [email protected] or telephone 0161 799 4646. If you are not currently a member of the Association, you can obtain membership information by following this link. Contact us.