FINAL DAY OF
ARTISTS' VIEWS OF SPRING
"SPRING in your step",
an exhibition displaying the talents of Shires' Artists with their
interpretation of Spring, is on show in the Millennium Gallery until
Saturday, May 25.
Taking their inspiration from the changing colours and atmosphere of
the promise of warm days and of new life, the exhibition is all
about colour, shape and anticipation of new beginnings. Bold, bright
Artists is a social and exhibiting society of artists, not simply
painters. Its membership is made up of professional and
semi-professional artists who are both highly talented and versatile
and whose aim is to exploit their
many talents to the
full, providing all types of art, contemporary, traditional and
abstract, often with a modern twist. The mission is to take art
forward, producing work that will appeal to all and grace any wall.
Entry to the museum and exhibition is free. The art work is
available to purchase.
PLANT SALE . . . WITH BOOK EVENT
THE annual plant sale organised by Nantwich Museum Trust in aid of
museum funds will take place on Saturday, June 8, between 10.30am
A wide selection of keenly priced plants will be
The ever-popular event is an ideal opportunity to purchase new
plants for the garden, while also benefiting the Museum.
The museum would appreciate any donations of plants
for the event.
New this year to accompany the plant sale is a book event. All
books, comics and pamphlets in the Museum Shop are being offered at
a 10% discount.
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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
£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
email@example.com, or call in at the
museum. For more information visit the museum
or call in at the museum.
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"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.
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.
Museum Manager, 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.
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:
"Castles and Roses" by Threadmill. May 30 to
"Treasures of the Museum" by Nantwich Museum.
August 7 to October 12.
"2019 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition".
October 16 to January 4
l Exhibitions in the
Space gallery will include:
exploring various aspects of surgery, medicine and military welfare
during the British Civil Wars.
“Rotary Children’s Art”.
Study of Nantwich” by Christian Turner.
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.
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 has
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.