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 Nantwich Museum

 

ARTISTS' VIEWS OF COUNTY

"ASPECTS of Cheshire," an exhibition by members of Cheshire Artists Network (CAN) is running in the Millennium Gallery until Saturday, April 14. The exhibition depicts various aspects of the county including impressions of the landscape, other interesting places and things seen on a regular basis.

   CAN involves a diverse range of more than 40 professional visual artists working in different materials and disciplines who aim to develop their practice and make high quality work. In existence for more than 20 years, CAN aims to exhibit, on average, three times a year in Cheshire and beyond, sometimes sharing space with artists from different counties and countries.

   Efforts are made to engage with the community, providing individuals and groups the opportunity to access, view and enjoy members’ work.  Recent Arts Council England grants during 2014/15 have enabled the group to take its work into communities within Cheshire and further afield.

   The artwork in the exhibition is available for sale. 

   Entry to the exhibition is free.

Image: Chester Cathedral by Barbara Barlow

 

HALF TERM WORKSHOPS - AND MORE

HALF term workshops for children, themed on the exhibition "The Face of Nantwich" (February 27 to April 14), will take place at the Museum on Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday 22. It's an opportunity for children to enjoy a variety of crafts, quizzes, etc.

   All workshops are drop in any time between 11am and 3pm. The cost is £2 per child who must be accompanied. Large groups are requested to book in advance.

o ALSO for the holiday, the Museum will be launching "Exploring Nantwich - a town trail for all the family". There will be a charge of £2 per family to cover costs.

 

WELSH ROW HERITAGE RESEARCH

THE Museum's Research Group is studying the history of Welsh Row, Nantwich, its people, buildings and environs in preparation for this summer's exhibition, “Welsh Row Through the Ages”.

  They would like to hear of any interesting items, such as maps and pictures, which could possibly be lent to feature in the exhibition. Constraints on space does, however, mean that the museum wouldn’t be able to accept any items until shortly before the exhibition in July.

   The Cottage Hospital opened near Welsh Row in 1911 and served the town until its closure in the 1970s. Many residents still remember the hospital and its fund raising events. The museum is keen to hear reminiscences relating to the hospital and perhaps put names to any photographs of the time.

   Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Museum by the end of February.

See contact details below.

 

A COFFEE MORNING

. . . in aid of Museum funds will be held in the Museum on February 23, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

 

HISTORY BOOKLETS

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; and "Harry Thomas Johnson on Nantwich in the 1880s", featuring pages from Johnsons' Nantwich Almanack and Directory.  

   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 website - the booklets produced so far, the ones on the way, and those which are proposed for future publication.

 

DEMENTIA FRIENDS

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 www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk/dementia-friendship-group/

 

CONTACT THE MUSEUM on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104. Website: www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk. Or visit https://www.facebook.com/nantwich.museumoffical/ or https://twitter.com/NantwichMuseum. Or call in to the museum in Pillory Street (CW5 5BQ) - opposite the pillory.

   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 group.

   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 education@nantwichmuseum.org.uk, or call in at the museum. For more information visit the museum website or call in at the museum.

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BATTLE OF NANTWICH FEATURED

EVENTS leading up to the Battle of Nantwich in January 1644 are the subject of an exhibition in the Your Space Gallery, entitled: "The Siege and Battle of Nantwich".

   Running until Saturday, February 24, the exhibition explores how the siege of the town by Royalist soldiers developed in 1643 leading to the battle which took place on January 25, 1644. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to follow the course of the battle, view various armaments, elements of uniforms and other items of the time.

   In the museum there is more about the Civil War with a permanent display which includes an original copy of the letter describing the battle from the victors Sir Thomas Fairfax and William Brereton to General Monroe.

   And there is a model illustrating the battle on display in the Joseph Heler Room upstairs.

   The museum shop has items relevant to the battle including eight new research booklets.

 

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 doubtless elsewhere.

   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 museum on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104.

 

THIS YEAR'S OTHER EXHIBITIONS

In the Millennium Gallery

April 18 to July 14: "A Life in Colour" by David Jewkes.

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

February 27 to April 14: "The Face of Nantwich" by Cath Kelly.

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 Trisha James.

September 4 to October 27: "British Wildlife around Nantwich" by Cath Kelly. 

October 30 to December 8: "Representation of the People" by David Morgan.

 

   Entrance 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 disappointment. 

 

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".

   Mr and 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.

   The 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.

   The 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!

 

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