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 Nantwich Museum

 A LIFE IN COLOUR

   

AN 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   Over the years, anti war themes have been replaced by softer subjects such as fairgrounds, although they still acknowledge the theme that life is a game of chances.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 Art (Painting).

   Then 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 children.

   Entry to the museum and exhibition is free and the paintings are available for sale. 

oPicture above: "Flower Power".

 

MUSEUM'S NEW MANAGER (temporary)

ELLIOT Goodger was welcomed by the Museum Trustees to the post of Museum Manager, to provide temporary cover for the existing Manager, Kate Dobson, who is taking maternity leave.

   Elliot, from Rednal, Birmingham, is a graduate of the University of Leicester, Aston University and Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham. He has a wide experience in both the heritage industry and commerce and was a one-time proprietor of RetroRecord.co.uk.

   Among a number of roles, he was a representative for the Museum Association in the West Midlands and a trustee of the Norton Collection Museum in Bromsgrove. Most recently he worked in Greece in International Museums development on behalf of the British Council.

   Commenting on the appointment, Chair of the Trustees, Nick Dyer, observed how valuable to the museum will be Elliot's wide experience of the heritage industry and management expertise, in particular his enthusiasm for seeking new funding opportunities.

   Elliot commented "I welcome the challenge provided by my new role, am inspired by the hard work and dedication displayed by the volunteers at the museum and look forward to promoting in the museum greater diversity with the aim of reaching out to more diverse audiences."  

 

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.

 

 

 

 

EQUALITEAS EVENT AT COFFEE MORNING

THIS month's coffee morning on Friday, June 29, is one of more than 2,500 EqualiTeas events throughout the country celebrating the 1928 Equal Franchise Act, which finally gave men and women over 21 years old the right to vote on the same basis.

   It is an opportunity to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the legislation as well as enjoying refreshments in the attractive surroundings of the museum galleries.

   It is also a prelude to an autumn exhibition at the museum inspired by the centenary of the Representation of People Act of 1918 entitled "Empowerment of Women - a local perspective".

   Coffee mornings are held from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Millennium Gallery on the last Friday of each month (except bank holidays) in aid of museum funds.

 

THIS YEAR'S 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

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.

 

lEntrance 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. 

 

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; "Harry Thomas Johnson on Nantwich in the 1880s", featuring pages from Johnsons' Nantwich Almanack and Directory and its successor publication; "Nantwich Railways" by Jeremy Nicholls, redressing the balance of Nantwich's place in railway history.

   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.

 

"NANTWICH PUBS" BOOK LAUNCHED

NANTWICH has never lacked somewhere to drink. That fact is made very clear in "Nantwich Pubs", a new book at the Museum.

   Complied by local authors Andrew Lamberton and Bill Pearson, the 164-page, fully illustrated book, costing 11.95, is a comprehensive street-by-street review of local pubs past and present, the past breweries in the town and the ghosts which haunt some establishments.

   The authors will be at the museum from 10.30am to 12 noon this Saturday, June 23, to sign copies of the book.

   The book is being sold through the Museum Shop and other outlets throughout the town with all profits being donated to Museum funds by the authors.

 

AWARD FOR BARRIE

 

MUSEUM volunteer, Barrie Astbury, has received a "Salt of the Earth" award from the Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr Penny Butterill.  It is the Community Volunteer Award for his work which includes educational projects and town tours for the Museum.

  A citation said these "help to fulfil the function of a community museum and support it financially."

   A few months ago, Barrie received this year's Dutton Medal presented by the Museum. Nantwich man Ron Dutton produces the medals in memory of his parents, Cllr and Mrs Walter J. Dutton.

 

Picture: Paul Compton, Nantwich Events Photography.

 

l For the full list of this year's award winners, click here.

 

 

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