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
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.
Chester Cathedral by Barbara Barlow
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.
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”.
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
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.
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
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.
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
CONTACT THE MUSEUM on
email@example.com or telephone 01270 627104.
www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk. Or visit
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
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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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.
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
And there is a model illustrating the
battle on display in the Joseph Heler Room upstairs.
museum shop has items relevant to the battle including eight new
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
April 18 to July 14: "A Life in Colour" by David Jewkes.
July 18 to October 13: "Welsh Row" by the Nantwich Museum
October 17 to January 5: "2018 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic
In the Your Space Gallery
February 27 to April 14: "The Face of Nantwich" by Cath
April 17 to June 2: Rotary Club’s "Children’s Art and
June 5 to July 21: "Nantwich Buildings" by Simon
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".
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!