AND ART GROUP STAGING EXHIBITION
"CASTLES and Roses", an exhibition by textile and art group Threadmill is running in the Millennium Gallery until
August 3. The exhibition was inspired by the busy life around the
Shropshire Union Canal that runs past the town.
From the time of the Industrial Revolution, the canal was busy with
transport with the holds of the boats full of products and leaving
little space for the families.
To make the small living areas more homely and more colourful a
tradition grew up among the boatwomen of decorating the narrowboats
and household implements with various designs including castles and
roses. Today, the canals are used for leisure but we can still see
boats decorated in the unique style of the canal folk art.
Threadmill members have taken inspiration, investigating the art and
crafts, the landscape, flora and fauna and the people and animals
that worked and lived along the canal banks and surrounding
countryside. Its work incorporates art techniques from traditional
stitching, printing, painting, patchwork, felting and the
experimental to exploit the colour and texture suggested by the
title of the exhibition.
Entry to the museum and exhibition is free and much of the artwork
is available for sale including a selection of cards available from
the Museum shop.
Image: Artwork by Lynn Atkinson.
AUTUMN LOCAL HISTORY COURSES
TWO history courses will
be taking place in the Museum in the autumn
"The Civil Wars in Cheshire" re-runs
last year's successful course, beginning at 7pm on Wednesday,
October 16, and ending on Wednesday, November 13. The programme
The War arrives in Cheshire - 1642.
Week 2: The lead-up to the Siege of Nantwich - the campaign of
the "Irish Royalist
Army - 1643.
Week 3: The Barthomley Massacre – a review, December 1643.
The Siege and Battle of Nantwich - January 1643/1644.
The Siege of Chester and Brereton's search for
The evening sessions run from 7pm to
9pm. The cost is £50, which includes course materials and
"ASPECTS of the History of Nantwich" is a new course
beginning at 2pm on Wednesday, November 6 and running over six
weeks until Wednesday, December 11. The programme covers:
Roads and the development of Nantwich.
Story of Nantwich Brine and Salt.
The Lost Churches and Chapels of Nantwich
The Canal at Nantwich.
Agriculture and Cheshire Cheese.
The afternoon sessions run from 2pm to
3.30pm. The cost for the course is £25 (Museum Members £20) or £5
(Museum Members £4) per talk.
Numbers for each course are limited so early booking
"LOST HOUSES" BOOK TO BE REPRINTED
"Lost Houses in Nantwich", a book by local authors Andrew Lamberton
and the late Robin Gray is set to return to the Museum in the
published in 2005, the book has become a local classic, a "must
have" for all those interested in local history and the houses that
have been lost in the town and its immediate locality.
Museum Development Officer, Elliot Goodger commented: "We regularly
receive enquiries for the book in the museum shop and are eager to
feature it again amongst our portfolio of local books".
In their introduction to the first edition, the authors observed how
the rapid development of the town resulted in the loss of many
houses and their aim was to document the buildings while still in
living memory. They defined the houses as: "those that are no
longer with us or have changed so dramatically in appearance as to
be virtually unrecognisable from the original".
book, which will cost £15, features maps, is fully illustrated and
also includes a number of public buildings. The original text has
been revised and more images added from the Museum collection, some
of which are in colour.
COFFEE mornings are held in the Millennium Gallery on the last Friday of each month
(except bank holiday weekends) in aid of museum funds.
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
SPECIAL OFFER FOR WOULD-BE FRIENDS
is a special offer for anyone wishing to support the museum by
becoming a Friend - with no subscription renewal required until
Membership includes e-mail newsletters, discounts on
talks and events, invitations to exclusive member events and an
opportunity to vote at the AGM.
Individual membership costs £20 and Families
£30. Application forms are available from the museum or can be
downloaded from the museum website.
independent charitable trust run by its members and a small staff, the museum is financed by donations, sponsorship, commercial
activities such as the shop and various grants.
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
The museum is open from
10.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is free. The museum
is a registered charity.
TOUR THE TOWN
GUIDED walks in 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.
The Museum offers a town tour and a tour of
Welsh Row each month.
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
£4 per person (£3 Museum members) 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.
Tours leave the Museum at 11am.
Thursday, July 18:
Welsh Row tour
Saturday, July 20:
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ARTIST'S EYE VIEW OF TOWN
“A STUDY of Nantwich”, an exhibition by local artist
Christian Turner has opened in the Your Space Gallery (now upstairs
in the Joseph Heler Room)
and will run until Saturday, July 27.
Christian was born in Reading, and moved
to Cheshire in 2006, at the age of 13. Having been diagnosed with
autism from an early age, it was apparent he was most content when
doing something creative.
A-levels, including one in Art, at Sandbach School,
he became a self-employed artist. Since then he has displayed his
work across Cheshire, sold internationally, and even held a position
for three years as artist in residence at Cheshire Arts for Health,
a local charity.
His artistic eye was drawn to
picturesque Nantwich and he has since
painted several pictures of the town, a number of which are
displayed in the exhibition.
Entry to the exhibition is free and all
the paintings are available for sale.
Christian's painting of Nantwich Town
APPEAL AT MUSEUM
THANKS to a donation from Museum
Development North West, a Family Friendly Area has been installed
next to the Millennium Gallery at the Museum.
A smart table is
equipped with four stools, each packed with games that visitors can
play with their family and friends.
The Museum's Elliot Goodger pointed out "There is something for everyone, including ludo, draughts, chess, dominoes, Connect 4 and The Newe and Most
Pleasant Game of the Goose - to name but a few."
Elliot highlighted the
value of such facilities in increasing the attractiveness of the
museum to families and friends of all ages, making for a memorable
interactive visit. He also invited donations of any spare board
games to enhance the facility.
Entry to the museum and Family Friendly Area is free.
TOO MANY INN IMAGES FOR BOOK
THE Crown Hotel is the subject of a
new booklet launched by the Museum and available in the Museum Shop.
The new booklet, "The
Crown - a brief history of this historic inn",
joins a range of booklets which look at the town's history.
is written by Andrew Lamberton and Bill Pearson who produced the "Nantwich
Pubs" book (164 pages for
But they found during their research that they had far more material
about The Crown than would fit into a book covering all the town's
Crown, one of three Grade I listed buildings in Nantwich, is one of
the town's oldest pubs. The booklet covers the history of the pub
before the Great Fire of Nantwich in 1584 and the rebuilding
There is also a long list of famous guests at the hotel including
Prince Charles who later became Charles II. And three famous Formula
One racing driver stayed at the hotel while racing at Oulton Park.
Photographs and other material in the booklet were given to the
Museum by the inn's owner, Bill Schofield, whose father, William
Schofield, bought The Crown in 1962 when it was in a perilous state.
booklet is available in the Museum's shop as well as from The Crown
Hotel in High Street. It costs
with all profits going to support Nantwich Museum.
EXHIBITIONS IN 2019
THE Museum's programme of exhibitions in 2019 features a wide range
of art and historical subjects.
On show in the Millennium Gallery will be:
"Treasures of the Museum" by Nantwich Museum.
August 7 to October 12.
"2019 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition".
October 16 to January 4
Exhibitions in the
Space gallery will include an
exhibition about former resident of the town Joseph Priestley to
coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table, a tabular
arrangement of the chemical elements. This will run from
Wednesday, August 14 to Saturday, October 26.
Entrance to the museum and exhibitions is free but small charges are
made for some special events.
DUTTON PRIZE AWARDED
Parkin, well known for her work with the local RedShift Radio, is
the recipient of this year's Walter and Ada Dutton Prize.
It was presented to her at the sixth Museum Members and Volunteers
dinner at Residence Restaurant, Nantwich, by the Chair of the Museum
Board, Nick Dyer .
Commenting on the award, Nick recounted "the many aspects of town
life to which Liz has contributed." These included the Nantwich
Show, the Holly Holy Day event, organisation of the Big Day Out, VE
Day Celebrations, and the Doggy Day Out. "The list goes on," he
said. Of particular note was the work done by Liz to promote
charities and businesses through broadcast, networking and social
The Dutton Prize, which includes a
medal, was endowed by medal-maker Ron Dutton in memory of his
parents Alderman and Mrs Dutton. The medal features an image of St
Mary's Church, Nantwich, as a symbol of the town and its community.
Each year since 1990 the Museum Board has nominated for the prize
unsung heroes regarded as making an extraordinary contribution to
the life of the town.
The evening concluded with a talk by
Rodney Cottrell outlining the national and local work of the Royal
National Lifeboat Institution with particular reference to the
success of the boat Audlem Lass which so far this year had
carried, in aid of RNLI funds, more than 5,000 passengers and 400
dogs on its service between Audlem and Overwater Marina on the
Shropshire Union Canal.