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
Museum will be closed on Good Friday (March 30). See opening
QUIZ NIGHT FOR FUNDS
THE Museum's Spring Quiz Night in aid of museum funds
will take place at 7pm on Sunday, April 15, at Crewe Vagrants Sports
Club, Willaston (CW5 7EP).
Always an enjoyable evening, the quiz will be
overseen as usual by museum volunteer and popular quiz master Wyn
Jones and will include a raffle.
Entry is by ticket only, which cost £5 per person
(including refreshments), and are available from the museum.
Teams of four are ideal but not
essential and could be made up on the night.
For tickets and further information
contact: Nantwich Museum on
or telephone 01270 627104.
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
“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
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.
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
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
- 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
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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 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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PUTTING FACES TO THE NAMES
THE "Faces of Nantwich" exhibition in the Your Space
Gallery is running until Saturday, April 14.
Local artist Cath Kelly has featured some well-known
local people, making it of interest to a wide range of visitors.
Pictured is Nantwich Mayor, Cllr Penny Butterill.
Cath was born in the Nantwich area and has lived locally all her
After years of raising a family and working in
education, she finally found time to turn her attention to her
artistic talents, in particular painting portraits.
The fact that she has not had a formal
art training might have added to the unique way she has captured the
personality of her subjects. Using oil paint or specialist pencils,
she has varied the style to suit each individual, to capture
something more than a photograph could portray.
to the exhibition is free. The featured portraits are not for sale
but a limited number of commissions may be taken as Cath moves on
to future collections of paintings, including equine and local
wildlife for ceramic and giftware.
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 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
September 4 to October 27: "British
Wildlife around Nantwich" by Cath Kelly.
October 30 to December 8: "Representation of the People" by David
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
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!