Staircase House and Stockport Museum

Staircase House and Stockport Museum Staircase House is a Grade II* listed medieval building dating from around 1460 situated in Stockport, historically in Cheshire
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Grade 2* listed building. Now open to the public, Staircase House offers a unique glimpse into the life of mediæval and renaissance Stockport, the origins of the town, its status as a borough and a market town, and the subsequent stages of the House's development until the 1940s, when it was last used as a private dwelling. Also on the same site is Stockport's Museum.

Competition Time with Stockport's Seven Arches Publishing! Check out the post below for further details 🤩
11/05/2020

Competition Time with Stockport's Seven Arches Publishing! Check out the post below for further details 🤩

To help mark this 75th anniversary of VE Day, and to bring a little extra happiness to your lockdown, we’re going to invite you to take part in a competition!

It’s really simple – and you could win a COMPLETE SET OF ALL THE TIME TRAVELLER SERIES BOOKS, worth nearly £100!!

Here’s how it’ll work - our GREAT LOCKDOWN COMPETITION 2020!

If you go to our website at www.sevenarchespublishing.co.uk, you’ll find lots of information about all the books we publish currently. Remember that bit – it’s important.

So, three times each week, for the next four weeks, we’re going to post up questions that we want YOU to answer – that’s TWELVE questions in all. And you’ll find all the answers somewhere on our website, among the Synopsis sections for the books in our fabulous and exciting history-mystery Time Traveller Series. You don’t have to read the books, or even know much about history (though it might help you if you do!) – all you need is the patience to hunt down the answer you’re looking, and a little bit of thought.

Once you’ve got your answer, post it below that day’s question. Don’t worry if you miss a day – you can always go back later and post an answer to a question you’ve missed.

When we’ve finished all twelve questions, our office book-elves will go through all the answers and the person who gets the most right will WIN! And if more than one entrant gets them all right then we’ll get a spare book-elf to pick the winner out of a hat!

We’ll post up the first question this evening. Every question will be accompanied by a picture which might (or might not) be a little clue…

GOOD LUCK, TIME TRAVELLERS!!

19/03/2020

With effect from 5pm Wednesday 18th March, all of Stockport Council’s Museums (Air Raid Shelters, Bramall Hall, Chadkirk Chapel, Hat Works, Staircase House, Stockport Museum and Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery) are closed to the public and schools until further notice.

Info on Opening Times of Stockport Dungeon...
09/03/2020

Info on Opening Times of Stockport Dungeon...

Contemporary Six - The Gallery
04/03/2020

Contemporary Six - The Gallery

Artist Helen Clapcott will be conducting a talk 'A Portrait of Stockport North, South, East, West' at Staircase House and Stockport Museum on Saturday 14 March from 1–2pm.

For anyone who has visited the Gallery and enjoyed her beautifully contemplative tempera paintings of #Stockport in the flesh, this is one not to be missed.

If this would be of interest, we have a number of leaflets in the Gallery.

#stockport #greatermanchester #contemporaryart

Sat 22nd Feb: We have fantastic event for all you 10cc fans! Set in Stockport Museum, in the gallery dedicated to the hi...
12/02/2020
10cc Worst Band in the World Book Launch

Sat 22nd Feb: We have fantastic event for all you 10cc fans! Set in Stockport Museum, in the gallery dedicated to the history and influence of the town's Strawberry Recording Studios, this FREE book launch will include a short talk, a Q+A and book-signing with the author, Liam Newton.

For those of you that don't know, 10cc were born in Stockport's Strawberry Recording Studios and created some of the classic hits of the 1970s.

Running Order:

1pm – Strawberry guided tour
2pm – Talk followed by Q&A
2pm – 4pm – book signing

Get your FREE ticket from the Eventbrite link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/10cc-worst-band-in-the-world-book-launch-tickets-91530988651?fbclid=IwAR3eeh6oAHsV4trTZaSkaiaW7SorrrYRFZ8T5xln8H38jZjcuR4utSBCtHw

Official launch of Liam Newton's definitive biography of one of Britain's most influential bands of the 1970s. With their roots in the 1960s Manchester music scene, 10cc were born in Stockport's Strawberry Recording Studios and created some of the classic hits of the 1970s. Set in Stockport Museum,....

Sat 22nd Feb: We have fantastic event for all you 10cc fans! Set in Stockport Museum, in the gallery dedicated to the hi...
31/01/2020
10cc Worst Band in the World Book Launch

Sat 22nd Feb: We have fantastic event for all you 10cc fans! Set in Stockport Museum, in the gallery dedicated to the history and influence of the town's Strawberry Recording Studios, this FREE book launch will include a short talk, a Q+A and book-signing with the author, Liam Newton.

For those of you that don't know, 10cc were born in Stockport's Strawberry Recording Studios and created some of the classic hits of the 1970s.

Running Order:

1pm – Strawberry guided tour
2pm – Talk followed by Q&A
2pm – 4pm – book signing

Get your FREE ticket from the Eventbrite link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/10cc-worst-band-in-the-world-book-launch-tickets-91530988651?fbclid=IwAR3eeh6oAHsV4trTZaSkaiaW7SorrrYRFZ8T5xln8H38jZjcuR4utSBCtHw

Official launch of Liam Newton's definitive biography of one of Britain's most influential bands of the 1970s. With their roots in the 1960s Manchester music scene, 10cc were born in Stockport's Strawberry Recording Studios and created some of the classic hits of the 1970s. Set in Stockport Museum,....

Sat 22nd Feb: We have fantastic event for all you 10cc fans! Set in Stockport Museum, this FREE book launch will include...
30/01/2020
10cc Worst Band in the World Book Launch

Sat 22nd Feb: We have fantastic event for all you 10cc fans! Set in Stockport Museum, this FREE book launch will include a short talk, a Q+A and book-signing with the author, Liam Newton.

For those of you that don't know, 10cc were born in Stockport's Strawberry Recording Studios and created some of the classic hits of the 1970s.

Get your FREE ticket from the Eventbrite link below:

Official launch of Liam Newton's definitive biography of one of Britain's most influential bands of the 1970s. With their roots in the 1960s Manchester music scene, 10cc were born in Stockport's Strawberry Recording Studios and created some of the classic hits of the 1970s. Set in Stockport Museum,....

If you missed out on the Palaeolithic ‘Venus’ figurine workshop with Learning Through Making at Staircase House on 18th ...
22/01/2020
Learning Through Making – Learning Through Making

If you missed out on the Palaeolithic ‘Venus’ figurine workshop with Learning Through Making at Staircase House on 18th Jan then catch up on how the figurines were made in the item below...

The next workshop from 'Learning Through Making' is
Making a Mesolithic 'Star Carr' type pendant on Sat 1st Feb at 1pm.

To book your place Eventbrite just click on the link:

➡️ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-a-mesolithic-star-carr-type-pendant-tickets-80688061163

Further workshops are:

➡️https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-a-neolithic-grooved-ware-pot-tickets-80694701023

➡️https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-a-bronze-age-arrowhead-tickets-80696582651

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'Hatting Walk' taking place on Sat 25th Jan at 10.30am. Tickets £8 - please call Hatworks on  0161 474 2399 to book your...
09/01/2020

'Hatting Walk' taking place on Sat 25th Jan at 10.30am. Tickets £8 - please call Hatworks on 0161 474 2399 to book your place.

Wishing all our followers and visitors a very Happy New Year!
31/12/2019

Wishing all our followers and visitors a very Happy New Year!

Can you spot who is at Staircase House today?That's right it's Santa!  He will be at Staircase House  from 1pm - 4pm. Pr...
22/12/2019

Can you spot who is at Staircase House today?

That's right it's Santa! He will be at Staircase House from 1pm - 4pm.

Price: £7.50 per child (Gift included) and £1 per adult

Can you spot who is at Staircase House today?That's right it's Santa!  He will be at Staircase House from 1pm - 4pm.Pric...
21/12/2019

Can you spot who is at Staircase House today?

That's right it's Santa! He will be at Staircase House from 1pm - 4pm.

Price: £7.50 per child (Gift included) and £1 per adult

Can you spot who is at Staircase House this evening until 6pm!  That's right it's Santa!  He will also be at Staircase H...
20/12/2019

Can you spot who is at Staircase House this evening until 6pm!

That's right it's Santa! He will also be at Staircase House Sat 21st and Sun 22nd from 1pm - 4pm.

Price: £7.50 per child (Gift included) and £1 per adult

Ho Ho Ho!! It’s not too late to drop in to see Father Christmas in Staircase House!!  Come to Foodie Friday this evening...
20/12/2019

Ho Ho Ho!! It’s not too late to drop in to see Father Christmas in Staircase House!! Come to Foodie Friday this evening at Stockport Market Place and make sure you leave time to see Father Christmas between 4pm and 6pm!

Price: £7.50 per child (gift included)
£1 per adult.

Hope to see you later!

🎅

Thinking of visiting us over the Christmas Holidays? Check out our Opening Hours here!
19/12/2019

Thinking of visiting us over the Christmas Holidays? Check out our Opening Hours here!

Staircase House and Stockport Museum's cover photo
16/12/2019

Staircase House and Stockport Museum's cover photo

Great photo of Staircase House in the late 70's before it's renovation.Thank you to Pete Adamson for sharing his photo w...
10/10/2019

Great photo of Staircase House in the late 70's before it's renovation.

Thank you to Pete Adamson for sharing his photo with us! 😊

Metropolitan Borough of Stockport is consulting on a number of cost-saving proposals regarding Stockport Museums' servic...
04/10/2019
Museums Consultation - Page 1 of 7 - Stockport Metropolitan Borough Citizen Space - Citizen Space

Metropolitan Borough of Stockport is consulting on a number of cost-saving proposals regarding Stockport Museums' services; including reducing the number of Museum sites run by the council, limiting opening times, introducing charges and moving the Museum from the Market Place to Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery.

Please have your say by filling in the survey at the link below:

https://consultation.stockport.gov.uk/policy-performance-and-reform/museums-consultation-2019/consultation/subpage.2019-09-13.6972164171/

Find and participate in consultations run by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Why not have a look through the online Musuems What's on Guide and see what we have coming up for you!Just follow the bo...
02/10/2019
What's on guide

Why not have a look through the online Musuems What's on Guide and see what we have coming up for you!

Just follow the booking instructions for your chosen activity!

Have fun!

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/whats-on-guide

Find out what's happening at our 7 museums in Stockport.

17/09/2019

**Tues 17th Sept: Stockport Museum and Staircase House will be closing at 3.30pm today.**

Due to staff training all town centre museums will close at 3.30pm today. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Have you been following the Frog Trail? Pick up your Frog Trail Map from us!We so are proud to have Kate O'Brien's 'This...
29/06/2019

Have you been following the Frog Trail? Pick up your Frog Trail Map from us!

We so are proud to have Kate O'Brien's 'This Little Froggy Went to Market' at Stockport Market!

Flecky Bennett Productions Stockport’s Staircase House Experience
06/06/2019

Flecky Bennett Productions Stockport’s Staircase House Experience

Flecky Bennett Productions believe it’s very important to keep amazing locations going and we are more than delighted to give 50% of all ticket sales to Staircase House & the Air Raid Shelters for their upkeep

Aggie M.
28/02/2019

Aggie M.

For over 6 weeks I have been working on creating 7 ekphrastic artworks for this show. This is going to be fantastic exhibition for art and poetry loves. Come and see how poetry inspires artist and how artist inspire poets. I am happy that I had this opportunity to work on this project and create something that has meaning not only to me but also to other people.

Some photos of last week's fantastic 'Meet the Air Raid Warden' event at the Museum :-D it was great fun and all the tra...
27/02/2019

Some photos of last week's fantastic 'Meet the Air Raid Warden' event at the Museum :-D it was great fun and all the trainee Wardens went away with a certificate.

We have just found this fantastic review from October 2017 of a visit to the House :-) We are autism friendly at all our...
27/02/2019
Staircase House, Stockport, UK

We have just found this fantastic review from October 2017 of a visit to the House :-) We are autism friendly at all our sites, and host quiet autism friendly sessions regularly.
Thank you autismkidsontour.com

Staircase House is an interactive museum in Stockport,UK. It is a restored 15th century townhouse famous for its staircase although we went for the rest of the house and used the lift!  The ho…

Hazy sunrise this morning over the House
27/02/2019

Hazy sunrise this morning over the House

Lovely sunrise this morning
25/02/2019

Lovely sunrise this morning

twirly start this morning at work, but benefit of being there at six was getting a couple of photos of the sunrise over the House.

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
23/02/2019

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery

Sat 23rd Feb: It was a pleasure to host tea and coffee for everyone who joined the 'Loyalists V Radicals' walks today, organised by Stockport Heritage Trust and Stockport Central Library!

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
23/02/2019

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
23/02/2019

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery

The Stopfordian's Almanac
23/02/2019
The Stopfordian's Almanac

The Stopfordian's Almanac

Some of you may have seen the article in the Stockport Express on Wednesday advertising this walk to commemorate the bicentenery of the Sandy Brow Radical Meeting in February 1819. However the newspaper did not state that there are 2 walks, at 11am AND 2pm, nor did it say that the event was Booking Essential. Both times were fully booked -but there may be space on the 2pm walk due to some last minute cancellations. To avoid disappointment if you are not booked on you may want to contact the Heritage Trust who will be running a repeat walk in April, more later in the year if there is demand (these first walks are run in conjunction with Stockport Local Heritage Library). There will also be a new walk leaflet available from tomorrow so you can do the walk on your own.
https://stockportheritagetrust.co.uk/2019/01/19/loyalist-v-radical-walk-23rd-february-2019/

Wish id known where this was last night for the ghost walk! :-) Thankfully Graham our FOH found it today :-)
22/02/2019

Wish id known where this was last night for the ghost walk! :-) Thankfully Graham our FOH found it today :-)

After seeing a tweet from NW Historic Graffiti, i sent Graham our FOH out into the House to find the Hexafoil :-) It is rather pretty and i wish id known where it was yesterday for the Ghost tour :-D

From Wiki:

Apotropaic marks are symbols or patterns scratched into the fabric of a building with the intention of keeping witches out through apotropaic magic.[1] Evil was thought to be held at bay through a wide variety of apotropaic objects such as amulets and talismans against the evil eye. Marks on buildings were one application of this type of belief.[2]

Marks have been found at Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, at the Tower of London,[3] and many churches, but little effort has been made to find them on secular buildings.[1] The marks are most common near places where witches were thought to be able to enter, whether doors, windows or chimneys.[1] For example, during works at Knole, near Sevenoaks in Kent, n 1609, oak beams beneath floors, particularly near fireplaces, were scorched and carved with scratched witch marks to prevent witches and demons from coming down the chimney.[4][5] At the Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn, a flower-like pattern of overlapping circles is incised into a stone in the wall.[1] Similar marks of overlapping circles have been found on a window cill dated about 1616 at Owlpen Manor in Gloucestershire. The most recent and astounding collection of over 100 marks - previously thought to be graffiti - was discovered February 2019 in Cresswell Crags, Notts, by Hayley Clark and Ed Waters of Subterranea Britannica during a tour of the caves. [6][7] Other types of mark include the intertwined letters V and M or a double V (for the protector, the Virgin Mary, alias Virgo Virginum), and crisscrossing lines to confuse any spirits that might try to follow them.[1][8]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexafoil

Some photos of yesterday night's last ever traditional ghost tour around the House :-) A group of 13 (oooh) had a great ...
22/02/2019

Some photos of yesterday night's last ever traditional ghost tour around the House :-) A group of 13 (oooh) had a great time visiting the off limits areas deep underground and up in the eaves, hearing spooky tales about the weird goings on that have been experienced by staff and visitors.

Thank you to Abigail Jones for volunteer support and Ian Waring for the photos.

As of April 2019 Flecky Bennett will be leading all new and fantastic Staircase House Experiences once a month. The award winning entertainer already has hugely successful tours of Stockport above ground and the Air Raid Shelters available.

See http://manchesterghostwalk.co.uk/stockports-staircase-house-experience/ for more details

Glass Umbrella Art
21/02/2019

Glass Umbrella Art

More fantastic jewellery from the talented Karen at StringEffects, you really have to see these pieces to appreciate their beauty and Karen's skill. Find us at Stockport Indoor Markets.
Kate is steering the ship today, hope she doesn't hit those lettuces like I did!
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Grade 2* listed building. Staircase House offers a unique glimpse into the life of mediæval and renaissance Stockport, the origins of the town, its status as a borough and a market town, and the subsequent stages of the House's development until the 1940s, when it was last used as a private dwelling. Also on the same site is Stockport's Museum.

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In conjunction with Stockport Museums and Creative Manchester we are running a series of making events at Staircase House. They start in mid January and this is a link to the first of the five.
Joy Division on The Streets of Stockport: Photographer Paul Slattery reports on a recent presentation about his iconic 1979 photo session and Strawberry Studios Exhibition.
Hello everyone. I had never heard of Staircase House untill this morning. I am a volunteer at 'Saint Nicolas Place' Kings Norton. I was there and I got talking to a man who was telling me about the building. I was interested so I have looked the building up. I hope you don't mind but I am going to share a picture on my page, to give you a bit of publicity.
Was fortunate to be able to attend this year's Heritage Open Day, on Saturday 9th September, and had an absolute fantastic day, despite the rain showers. Definitely looking forward to next year's.
We are DDR Manchester, Definitely Different Radio. We produce speech and music podcasts and are particularly interested in Strawberry Studios and are looking forward to visiting the rebuild of the studio which we will be attending on Saturday. Back in 2010, we had the pleasure of interviewing co-founder Peter Tattersall and Strawberry historian Dr Peter Wadsworth. In 2013, we met up with Peter & Peter with former employee, Pauline Renshaw for an interview at Rubber Soul Recording Studios, Hallam Mill, Stockport for a chat and to explore the possibility of recording some tribute songs. Pauline set about recruiting singers and musicians all of whom have recorded at Strawberry many times. They included Paul Burgess on drums (10cc). Toni Baker on keyboards (The Dakotas). Brian John Lewis, Lead Guitar (who has backed Cliff Richard amongst others) and Lee Renshaw on lead vocals and guitars. Danny Walsh, bass guitar and James Collins, acoustic guitar. Backing vocals include Ronnie Ravey (The Dakotas) Pete Maclaine, Lee Renshaw, Alison Renshaw, Toni Baker and more. The result was two great songs recorded by the above-mentioned in Rubber Soul Studios Stockport. The producers Peter Tattersall (founder and sound engineer of great esteem) ,Matt Millward at Rubber Soul studios who kindly supplied free use of recording studio and facilities, and Lee Renshaw. Brian Whitelegge kindly suppliedvideo footage and stills of the recording session. The first one was written by local musicians Lee and Frank Renshaw. "Glory Glory Man United" was recorded in the studio 30 years ago, and the lyrics were changed for this version as a tribute to Strawberry. This can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QszZ8vl29yc The second song "Strawberry Rainbows" was written by Lee Renshaw and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYsEwq5yMxI We are also celebrating this very special Strawberry Studios Heritage weekend by releasing some special podcasts which can be accessed via http://www.ddrmanchester.com. We are very much looking forward to sharing in the celebrations!
the 9th and 10th September 2017 will see the legendary Strawberry Studios Control Room open with recording equipment back in it for 2 days- there will be a week long building and decorating process to get the room feeling like it did when 10cc, Joy Division and Martin Hannett were in there and to get all the vintage equipment in there - this needs funding- so please support this project with a donation and please share this post https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/strawberry-studios-rebuild-the-control-room