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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   Over the years, anti war themes have been replaced by softer subjects such as fairgrounds, although they still acknowledge the theme that life is a game of chances.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: "Flower Power".

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; and "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.

 

COFFEE MORNING

THE next coffee morning at the Museum will be on Friday, April 27, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.       

 

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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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

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 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. 

 

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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