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.

Councillor Becky Crawford, Brinnington and Central
09/03/2019

Councillor Becky Crawford, Brinnington and Central

Us Girls youth group's superb banner today at Staircase House. The girls, based at Heaton Norris Pavillion, have been doing some amazing project work around womans sufferage, nice one Us Girls! 🙏👏👭👭👭x

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!
What's On In Stockport
Stop in Stockport
Totally Stockport
Stockport Old Town
Stockport Tourism
Stockport Foodie Friday
Staircase House and Stockport Museum
We are Stockport
The Stockport Market

And relax....... 😂 what a fantastic event today - lots of excellent trainee air raid wardens passed their tests and got ...
20/02/2019

And relax....... 😂 what a fantastic event today - lots of excellent trainee air raid wardens passed their tests and got certificates.
Time for a rest in our 1940s living room 😀

Its Meet the Air Raid Warden day! avoid the rain, come down to the Museum for this FREE event. All ages welcome, come an...
20/02/2019

Its Meet the Air Raid Warden day! avoid the rain, come down to the Museum for this FREE event.

All ages welcome, come and learn about being a Warden, ask questions, get dressed up and handle real WW2 items.

All attending will get their own Wardens certificate to take home.

TODAY 11am - 12.30 and 2pm - 3.30 just drop in.

Stockport Libraries
19/02/2019

Stockport Libraries

Here are some fantastic examples of our ‘Peterloo placards’, created at this afternoon’s event at #Stockport Central library. “Liberty or death!” @mcrhistfest @PHMmcr @Peterloo2019 @StockportMBC https://goo.gl/gixR2r

Blackshaws
19/02/2019

Blackshaws

Did you know you can hire us for a private function 😊

If you’ve got a special occasion on the horizon get in touch and we will create a bespoke menu to cater for your needs 🙌🖤🎉🎼🥂

#blackshawskitchen #stockportoldtown #keepitlocal #venuehire #celebrate #party

Two days to go before the Air Raid Warden is back at the Museum! FREE family activity, hear stories, handle real ww2 ite...
18/02/2019

Two days to go before the Air Raid Warden is back at the Museum! FREE family activity, hear stories, handle real ww2 items, have a go at disarming a UXB and get your Warden certificate 😁

Staircase House and Stockport Museum
18/02/2019

Staircase House and Stockport Museum

The fantastic window display is up ready for our #internationalwomensday event 1940s style :-)
Booking is essential so if you want to see the amazing Dame Wendy Hiller in Powell and Pressburger's 'i know where i'm going' get in touch now!
The 1940s room at the Museum will be the setting for a great night, come along dressed in period costume and enjoy 40s style refreshments.

Blackshaws
17/02/2019

Blackshaws

We’ve got our capes on and will be saving lives across Stockport from 12pm 🦸‍♂️💪👇🖤

#sundayroasts #sundayclub #blackshawskitchen #blackshawstotherescue

Strawberry Recording Studios
16/02/2019

Strawberry Recording Studios

"If you were to go Stockport in 1979 at a certain time of day, when the weather was right, then Unknown Pleasures would fit perfectly (Stephen Morris 2019).

The latest Q Magazine features Joy Division's trip into Strawberry in 1979 to record Unknown Pleasures, an album that was prominent in the recent Strawberry exhibition in Stockport Museum. In November 2017, photographer Paul Slattery revisited Stockport to recall his iconic Joy Division photoshoot in the streets around Strawberry #strawberry50

Five Go Exploring
11/02/2019

Five Go Exploring

It's live! Reasons to love Stockport Museum, now up on the blog :-)

There is so much to love about Staircase House and Stockport Museum that I've split my post into two. Look out for the next installment about why we love Staircase House!

http://fivegoexploring.co.uk/reasons-to-love/stockport-museum/

Can any of our visitors help out? :-)
06/02/2019
Five Go Exploring

Can any of our visitors help out? :-)

Good morning! I am working on a blog post about Staircase House and Stockport Museum - one of our favourite local attractions. Have you been? I'd love to hear what you like about it, or what you'd like to see in the blog post!

Lovely to meet a descendant of Stockport's own Constable Birch at the Museum today - look out for more on him and the #p...
05/02/2019

Lovely to meet a descendant of Stockport's own Constable Birch at the Museum today - look out for more on him and the #peterloo200 commemorations later - who also told us about his father being one of the French polisher's who restored our iconic staircase back in the 1950s.
Here's the news article at the time...

Why not come and have a Magical half term at the House this February 19th? Try your hand at magic tricks! learn some sec...
05/02/2019

Why not come and have a Magical half term at the House this February 19th?
Try your hand at magic tricks! learn some secrets and tricks to amaze your friends and family (2 workshop sessions available)
Suitable for ages 7+
10:30am - 12 noon & 2pm - 3.30pm
£6 (1 adult free per paying child)
Booking Essential: 0161 474 4444

Stockport Museums and Galleries
30/01/2019

Stockport Museums and Galleries

Our sites are open! Bramall hall, Staircase House, Hat Works and the War Memorial Art Gallery open at 1pm and Stockport Museum, and the Shelters are open now. https://goo.gl/5toKRU

We are open today :-D the Museum opened at 11, and Staircase House will be open as normal at 1pm.
30/01/2019

We are open today :-D the Museum opened at 11, and Staircase House will be open as normal at 1pm.

Stockport Council
30/01/2019

Stockport Council

Stockport Council is working hard to keep our borough moving during this period of bad weather.

A number of schools are currently closed due to the wintery conditions.

You can find the latest information about any school closures or disruptions to council services by visiting: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/school-closures-and-disruptions

Blackshaws
30/01/2019

Blackshaws

Blackshaws looked stunning in the snow when I arrived this morning. 😍

For those of you not making it in today ...

WE ARE OPEN!

Serving up our Signature Hot Chocolates, @workerbeemcr coffees and Traditional & Vegetarian Breakfasts until 12! 🙌

See you soon. 😉

The fantastic window display is up ready for our #internationalwomensday event 1940s style :-) Booking is essential so i...
29/01/2019

The fantastic window display is up ready for our #internationalwomensday event 1940s style :-)
Booking is essential so if you want to see the amazing Dame Wendy Hiller in Powell and Pressburger's 'i know where i'm going' get in touch now!
The 1940s room at the Museum will be the setting for a great night, come along dressed in period costume and enjoy 40s style refreshments.

Stockport Libraries
27/01/2019

Stockport Libraries

Holocaust Memorial Day is January 27. This year’s theme is Torn from home. Read survivors’ stories and reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. HMD 2019 will include marking the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda, which began in April 1994 and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Genocide in Cambodia, which ended in 1979. Come and see our fantastic display at Stockport Central Library. https://goo.gl/bxN2TS

Blackshaws
25/01/2019

Blackshaws

ITS FRIDAY ... and at Blackshaws Kitchen tonight we are gearing up for a little addition to our menu...ONE NIGHT ONLY!

THE GREAT BRITISH BUTTY TAKEAWAY

A selection of some great British Classic Buttys and tonight, to kick us off we have...

THE ROAST! 🙌

A choice of Pork & Apple, Turkey & Cranberry or Beef & Horseradish with accompanying tracklement in our awesome @robinsonsbakery barms which we dip in our homemade gravy!

Or, for the fish lovers among us, our. Battered Haddock & Mushy Pea Butty with homemade tartare sauce!

We also have the option to add our deliciously seasoned, hand cut chips!😋

Available from 5 PM! 😊

Lyme Park NT
22/01/2019

Lyme Park NT

Although Lyme is closed today, staff are still hard at work. The rangers have been in to check on the deer and sent us these photos of a snowy Lyme. Please do keep checking social media or the website for details on when we reopen.

Did you know the new Blackshaws is now open - linked to the Museum and a great place to get food when visiting :-D
21/01/2019

Did you know the new Blackshaws is now open - linked to the Museum and a great place to get food when visiting :-D

Good Evening you wonderful people!.

We thought it would be a good idea to post up some of the new opening times by ... well, posting up our new opening times! 😊

We've also got a new addition to the menu this Friday and Saturday ...

FROM THE MARKET! 3 extra special dishes. 😊 @stockportindoormarkets

Bookings available and now being taken! 🙌

T: 0161 480 5863
E: [email protected]

#keepitlocal #keepitfresh #stockportoldtown
#stockportvictorianmarket

@stopinstockport

Planning is gaining pace for our @womensday event celebrating #stockport's own #Wendyhiller in #thearchers 'I know where...
21/01/2019

Planning is gaining pace for our @womensday event celebrating #stockport's own #Wendyhiller in #thearchers 'I know where im going' #1940s #dressup #powellandpressburger #behindthescenesatthemuseum
We're hoping lots of visitors come in costume for the event :-)

Unfortunately due to events beyond our control, the Archaeology, architecture and Ale tour planned for tomorrow night ha...
16/01/2019

Unfortunately due to events beyond our control, the Archaeology, architecture and Ale tour planned for tomorrow night has been cancelled.
Apologies from the SH team

happy @MuseumSelfieDay :-) the #spooky #airraidwarden and Paddy have been taking #selfies :-)
16/01/2019

happy @MuseumSelfieDay :-) the #spooky #airraidwarden and Paddy have been taking #selfies :-)

Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours
16/01/2019

Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours

Going back in time for MuseumSelfieDay:-)

We are open as normal today - from 10am for the Museum and 1pm for the House. Thank you
15/01/2019

We are open as normal today - from 10am for the Museum and 1pm for the House.
Thank you

Due to a fire in the flats above the Museum, both Staircase House and Stockport Museum will be closed today, the 13th January. We will keep everyone updated as soon as we know more.

Due to a fire in the flats above the Museum, both Staircase House and Stockport Museum will be closed today, the 13th Ja...
13/01/2019

Due to a fire in the flats above the Museum, both Staircase House and Stockport Museum will be closed today, the 13th January. We will keep everyone updated as soon as we know more.

The Plaza Stockport
10/01/2019

The Plaza Stockport

Good Morning Bingley Hall Facebook Pals!...Yes the glorious Plaza (converted to The Bingley Hall for a day) was hosting filming yesterday so lets take a Peaky look behind the scenes at our venue which became the set for one of the forthcoming episodes of the sensational series Peaky Blinders

Tunnel Inspector
09/01/2019

Tunnel Inspector

Apparently Mr Beckham was filming yesterday :-)

The Steam Ship in Stockport
08/01/2019
The Steam Ship in Stockport

The Steam Ship in Stockport

Overlooking Stockport town centre sits a small concrete boat, the SS Norris.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House
06/01/2019

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

It's our first second hand book sale of 2019 next Sunday 13 January from 11am to 3pm. Come along and rediscover or discover what one of our visitors has called 'possibly the best second hand book sale in Manchester'. And after you've bagged the book bargain of your dreams you can sit and gloat with tea and cake in our tea room! Result...

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30/31 Marketplace
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Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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