EVENTS SURROUND MAJOR EXHIBITION
THE Museum has announced a programme of events
accompanying the major
summer exhibition, "River Weaver - a meander
which opens on Wednesday, July 12, and charts the story
of how the river has shaped local history. There are two themed events.
On Saturday, July 22, "What's in the Water?" is a series of talks
considering the river as a source of water, its quality and sewage
On Saturday, August 5, "Wildlife and Aliens"
considers the wildlife of the river including alien species. Both
meetings run from 10.45am to 2.30pm with a break for lunch (not
included). Tickets cost £5 (Museum Members £4) for the morning and
afternoon sessions and £3.50 (Museum Members £2.50) for a single
session (morning or afternoon).
Museum artist, Les Pickford, will give a
talk on Thursday, August 31, at 3pm, "When Turner Came to Town",
describing the visit of artist J M W Turner to Nantwich in 1801.
Tickets cost £3.50 (Museum Members £2.50).
Interactive Science for all is the aim of the free
Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 29. Drop-in anytime between 10.30am
and 3.30pm to investigate the quality of the River Weaver water.
Participants will take samples of the river water to be analysed
back at the museum.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Large groups are requested to contact the museum in advance. The
event is run in collaboration with Keele University Sustainability
Hub supported by The Ogden Trust.
Guided Riverside Walks, taking about 1½
hours, will be available on Saturday, July 15, Thursday, August 3 and
Saturday, August 12. Meet at the museum at 10.30am. The cost is £3
The ever-popular summer Children's
Workshops will be themed on the river. Drop-in between 11am and 3pm
on Wednesdays, August 9 and 23 and Thursdays 10 and 24. The cost is
£2 per child who must be accompanied. Large groups are requested to
book in advance.
"DRAWN from the Weaver", an exhibition
which will run concurrently in the museum's Your Space gallery is part of a
visual exploration by local artists Pamela Field, Pauline Leaver and
Celia Rowlands of the River Weaver from its source to entry into the
Manchester Ship Canal.
Entry to the museum and both
exhibitions is free.
Picture: the River Weaver and Welsh Row Bridge by Paul Topham
SCHOOLCHILDREN'S WORK ON SHOW
artistic talents of local schoolchildren are displayed in the fifth
exhibition in the series of Schoolfests. This year's
exhibition, in the Millennium Gallery, runs until Saturday, July 8,
taking the theme of "New Beginnings".
The exhibition features artwork from schools of the Nantwich
Education Partnership. Describing itself as a "family", it has worked
collectively over the last 10 years to improve the learning
experience for children in the area.
Admission to the museum and the
exhibition is free.
annual Fete and Schoolfest, which will be held in Nantwich on July
1, is a collaboration between the Nantwich Education Partnership and
St Mary's Parish Church working with the local community.
Schoolfest celebrates the achievements and abilities
of all the local children. There will be a covered stage in the Town
Square for a wide range of musical performances including the Big
Sing when a large number of children from different primary schools
form a community choir.
Other primary school singing and orchestral performances will fill
the morning, while the afternoon sees the now-traditional Battle of
the Bands, when performers from the secondary schools take the stage
in an X Factor-style competition. Last year, the standard was so
high that several performers were hired for other gigs!
Beginnings pictures: left,
the work of Acton C.E. Primary Academy pupils; right, a painting
from Audlem St James Primary School.
ROMAN TREASURES OF CHESHIRE
TWO hoards of Roman coins and jewellery
found by metal detectorists in Cheshire are on show in the
Millennium Gallery until Saturday, July 8. They had previously been
on display at the British Museum.
They are believed to have
been buried for safe keeping for nearly 2,000 years but not
collected by the owners.
The Malpas Hoard consists
of 35 coins struck before the conquest of Britain, and
possbily associated with the capture of Caractacus, leader of the
The Knutsford Hoard has 103
coins, three brooches, and two finger rings ranging from 32 BC
to AD 200.
After being displayed at
Nantwich Museum they will be returned to Congleton Museum which,
with Liverpool Museum, purchased the hoards with a Heritage Lottery
U3A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
AN exhibition of the Crewe and Nantwich
U3A (University of the Third Age) Photography Group will be on show
in the Your Space gallery until Saturday, July 8.
The group meets regularly
to share and hone their photographic skills with a programme of
projects and outings to improve their photographs.
Picture: Puffin with
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ALLAN'S WORK ACKNOWLEDGED
THE substantial contribution to the
local history scene by Allan Whatley was acknowledged when he
recently. Nick Dyer, Chair of the Museum Trust presented Allan with
a painting of Nantwich Medieval Market by museum artist, Les
Pickford (pictured right).
Also pictured is museum
volunteer and Nantwich historian, Andrew Lamberton.
In 2011, Allan retired from
the museum where he had worked as a volunteer for 23 years. During
that time he manned the Reception Desk where he enjoyed meeting visitors
and learning from them more about the history of the town.
He was Secretary to the
Museum Trust for two years. His library and information skills were
invaluable in his work on the museum's collection of documents and
photographs, which included the archiving of Peter Ray's notable collection of photographs of Nantwich.
He wrote numerous articles
for newspapers, magazines, visitor guides, booklets and the
Internet. In 1992, Allan published "Nantwich in Old Picture
He was a founder member of
the Crewe and Nantwich U3A (University of the Third Age) and, for a
time, headed the Nantwich Local History Group which originally met
in the Joseph Heler Room at the museum.
Many students have
benefited from, and been inspired by, his work which encompasses all
aspects of the town's history including buildings, people, events
Most recently, Allen
donated his comprehensive Nantwich history files to the museum. They
are currently being catalogued and will prove invaluable to future
students of the town's history.
"Cocoa House and Yard", a
research booklet based on Allan's research, is one of 27
booklets available in the museum shop, all priced at £2.95. (See
details below). All proceeds from the sale of the
booklets will go to museum funds.
Now 104 years old, Allan is
moving to Scotland.
THIS YEAR'S EXHIBITIONS
June 10 to July 8:
SchoolFest '17. An annual exhibition of artwork by pupils of
July 12 to September 9:
River Weaver - A Meander Through Time. The Museum's major summer
exhibition, focussing on the river around Nantwich. Curated by
Nantwich Museum Research Group.
September 13 to November
11: The 2017 Nantwich Camera Club exhibition.
November 15 to January 20:
A Story to Tell. Kate Bayliss.
July 12 to September 9:
Drawn from the Weaver. An exhibition by Pamela Field,
Pauline Leaver and Celia Rowlands inspired
by the river, to complement the exhibition in the Millennium
September 12 to October 21:
Performing Bodies. An exhibition by Beryl Wyatt.
October 31 to January 6:
Kaleidoscope 3. An exhibition of paintings by Gordon
THERE are now six more history booklets
in the museum shop, bringing the total on sale to 27, with more
being added all the time.
The new ones are: "Nantwich
Railways" by Jeremy Nicholls; "The Frigate 'Nantwich' at War,
1655-1660" by David Shepherd; "Mr Ralph Hulse versus Mr William
Spence Tollemache in the Chester County Court, 1851" by Don
Tomkinson; and "Newcastle-under-Lyme and Nantwich Turnpike Trust",
"Nantwich to Congleton Turnpike Trust" and "Whitchurch and
Madeley Turnpike Trust", all by Keith Lawrence.
All booklets are £2.95.
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.
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.
6, 2pm: general tour.
September 30, 11am: general tour.
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Street (CW5 5BQ) - opposite the pillory. The museum is open from
10.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission free.
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Reception Desk which accepts popular credit/debit cards. The shop is
an important source of funds to keep the museum running.
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