A LIFE IN COLOUR
exhibition acknowledging that life is a game of chances has opened
in the Millennium Gallery. "A Life in Colour" by local artist David
Jewkes will run until Saturday, July 14.
David comments: "This exhibition represents all that I love about
life and painting and a reflection of my interesting life." He often
paints carousels because he sees life as one big merry-go-round.
Over the years, anti war themes have been replaced by softer
subjects such as fairgrounds, although they still acknowledge the
theme that life is a game of chances.
Aged 19 and a senior aircraftsman with
the Royal Air Force, David was sent to the Falkland Islands to
repair the damage inflicted by the 1982 conflict. While there,
clearing landmines, he witnessed the scars of war which were to
leave him with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
He promised himself that if he
survived his six-month
tour of duty in the south Atlantic he would go to art school.
On returning from the Falklands he gained a place at Winchester
School of Fine Art where he achieved a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Fine
followed a scholarship at
the prestigious Slade
School of Fine Art in London. He was asked by renowned Scottish war
artist, Peter Howson, to be his studio assistant.
David now lives in Haslington with his wife, Louise, and their
Entry to the museum and exhibition is free and the paintings are
available for sale.
oPicture: "Flower Power".
THERE is a wide range of history booklets in the museum shop, with
more being added all the time.
The latest additions include booklets related to the
Battle of Nantwich. Among others are "A.N.Hornby - Famous Victorian
Sportsperson" by Bill Pearson; "Harry Thomas Johnson on Nantwich
in the 1880s", featuring pages from Johnsons' Nantwich Almanack and
Directory and its successor publication; and "Nantwich Railways" by
Jeremy Nicholls, redressing the balance of Nantwich's place in
The booklets cost £2.95 or £3,95. They are
selling well and so some may not be available when you call in, but
more copies are being printed all the time.
Full details are available on the museum
- the booklets produced so far, the ones on the way, and those which
are proposed for future publication.
THE next coffee morning at the Museum will be on
Friday, April 27, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
THE Museum hosts a Dementia Friendship Group which meets at 2pm on
the first and third Monday of every month. It is open to anyone
living with dementia, their carer, family and friends. No charge is
made to attend the meetings. For more details visit
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The museum is open from
10.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission free. The museum
is a registered charity
TOUR THE TOWN
GUIDED tours of Nantwich are
led by volunteers from the museum, either as a general
tour for members of the public, or an exclusive one
tailored to meet the requirements of a group.
They last for
between an hour an half and two hours and can feature
Tudor Nantwich, Victorian Nantwich, the Battle of
Nantwich, and the Civil War. Or they can have a specific
theme such as industry in the local area to suit a
The tours cost
£2 per person for a minimum of six people. Larger groups
or parties of individuals may be split into smaller
parties so that participants can hear the leader of the
tour and see any relevant object easily.
To join an
arranged tour, or to set up one for your group,
telephone 01270 627104, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call in at the
museum. For more information visit the museum
or call in at the museum.
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Seeking information about whitesmith's tools
THE Museum has a collection of
whitesmith's tools, used for forging objects out of tin,
pewter and other light medals.
Tin ware was being produced from early in the
seventeenth century and in Cheshire there were
whitesmiths / tinsmiths in Crewe, Weaverham and
Between 1835 and 1883, there were up to six braziers,
tinplate workers and whitesmiths working in Nantwich.
They would have made a variety of everyday objects
including cutlery and water pitchers.
Unfortunately, the museum has no record of who donated
the tools or where they were used and is seeking any
information about them, local families or businesses who
were involved in the trade.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the
email@example.com or telephone 01270
THIS YEAR'S OTHER EXHIBITIONS
In the Millennium Gallery
July 18 to October 13: "Welsh Row" by
the Nantwich Museum Research Group,
October 17 to January 5: "2018 Nantwich
Camera Club Photographic Exhibition."
In the Your Space Gallery
April 17 to June 2: Rotary Club’s
"Children’s Art and Handwriting Competition."
June 5 to July 21: "Nantwich Buildings"
by Simon Bowler.
July 24 to September 1: "Pathways" by
September 4 to October 27: "British
Wildlife around Nantwich" by Cath Kelly.
October 30 to December 8: "Representation of the People" by David
to the museum and exhibitions is free but small charges are made for
some special events. As arrangements can change, visitors are
advised to check details before travelling to the museum, to avoid
REVAMP FOR CHEESE ROOM
THANKS to a generous
grant from Nantwich estate agents Baker Wynne & Wilson, the Museum's
Cheese Room has been redecorated and redesigned.
A team of
volunteers, led by Museum Manager Kate Dobson, cleaned and repainted
the room and researched and designed new display
boards plus labels for a wide range of artefacts.
Kate praised their work commenting "the project was
only made possible as a result of the hard work and dedication of a
group of volunteers".
Mrs Mouse and their family help to guide visitors through the
information panels, which describe the history of local cheese
making. A timeline identifies when at one time the Navy only used
Cheshire cheese, the first dairy school was established and the
first annual cheese show in Nantwich took place which went on to
become the most important cheese show in the country.
secrets of making Cheshire cheese are revealed through the displays
and a film illustrating the supply of milk from Higher Farm, Byley,
to local cheese maker Joseph Heler Ltd.
range of artefacts brings the display to life and includes a milk
cooler, churns, cheese vat, curd mill and cheese press. Of
particular note, and in pride of place, is the magnificent silver
Dutton Cup presented in 1895 to farmer John Dutton by the Cheshire
Dairy Farmers Association at Nantwich Dairy Show.
Throughout the exhibition, the Mouse family pose questions about
cheese making and the exhibits, while visitors can also test their
knowledge of cow breeds!