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 Nantwich Museum

 

SUMMER EXHIBITION FEATURES WELL-KNOWN STREET

"WELSH Row Through The Ages", the museum’s major summer exhibition, was opened by Mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr. Lesley Smetham. It runs until Saturday, October 13.

    The Mayor was accompanied by her Consort, Mr David Smetham. Also present was the Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr. David Marren. Local musician, Andrew Bassey introduced the event with a selection of Welsh-themed music and a Victorian song.

   The exhibition is designed to illustrate continuity and change on the row throughout its long and varied history.

   Nantwich developed as an important crossing point of the River Weaver. Initially the river was crossed by a ford, which was supplemented in medieval times by a bridge.

   Once known as Frog Row, Welsh Row was a vital thoroughfare and the passage of people and goods saw commerce and industry flourish. The name stems from the time the Welsh visited the area to obtain salt. Some settled in the row, making their mark on the town and leading to the naming of the row. Prosperity soon brought people and entertainment to the district.

   The exhibition explores the development of the row and its relationship to the rest of the town. It features maps, timelines and pictures to explain the growth of the row through the centuries identifying some of the characters who lived and studied there through iconic “blue plaque” style presentations.

   The Museum’s Research Group made use of archaeology, letters and modern reminiscences to design the exhibition and bring the history of Welsh Row to life. 

   Research booklets detailing some of the topics are available from the Museum shop.

 

o Image: Welsh Row looking towards the town centre (note the church tower).

 

CHEESE BUSINESSES IN DEMONSTRATIONS

TWO family cheese businesses will feature in activities at the Museum during the Nantwich Food Festival. (See here).
   Traditional grocer Godfrey C. Williams and Son, of Sandbach, supported by award-winning cheesemakers Belton Farm,of Whitchurch, will give a practical demonstration on the art of cheesemaking and a brief history of Cheshire Cheese.
   Established in 1875, Godfrey C. Williams and Son are Cheshire's oldest cheese factors. Belton Farm, Whitchurch, has championed farming and cheese-making traditions in Shropshire for three generations.
   The cheesemaking demonstrations will take place at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, September 1.
 

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/

 

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.

 

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 is free. The museum is a registered charity.

 

 

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GROUP UNITED IN STITCH

"PATHWAYS", a textile art exhibition by Connected Threads, the stitching group of South Cheshire Embroiderers, is running in the Your Space Gallery until Saturday, September 1. Connected Threads is a local group of non-professional textile artists who enjoy creating artwork, using a variety of techniques based in stitch. Some of the work is traditional but other experimental, involving working with paint, paper, metal, found objects and recycled ephemera.

   The group is united in a passion for stitched textile art and the joy of sharing ideas, encouraging creativity and building friendships through stitch.

   Entry to the museum and exhibition is free and some of the artwork is for sale.  

o Image: "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Judith Booth 

 

THIS YEAR'S EXHIBITIONS

In the Millennium Gallery

October 17 to January 5: "2018 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition."

 

In the Your Space Gallery

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. 

 

COFFEE MORNINGS

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

 

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.

o  See a review of two booklets here.

 

"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 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 then 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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