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 Nantwich Museum

 

FIFTY YEARS OF SOCIETY'S WORK

AN exhibition in the Millennium Gallery, running until Saturday, January 20, celebrates the work of Nantwich Civic Society, which was founded in 1967.

   The Society is a voluntary organisation which campaigns to improve the environment and the quality of life in Nantwich. It encourages good quality design in new buildings and promotes the conservation of historic structures.

   The exhibition tells how the society was formed at a time when Nantwich was witnessing many dramatic changes, including the loss of buildings of historic and architectural importance.

   Photographs in the exhibition provide a selective view on buildings constructed in Nantwich over the last 50 years to help stimulate thoughts and comments about modern architecture, and how new buildings might be designed in future, so that they can best enhance the town.

Picture: Swine Market around 1967.

 

lTHE exhibition is accompanied by a display of work produced by the Museumís Dementia Friendship Group following sessions with artist, Kate Eggleston-Wirtz. Shoes were used as a medium for exploring personal journeys and the exhibition marks the culmination of a six-month project.

 

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAYRE

THE popular Christmas Craft Fayre featuring goods made by the museum's Craft Group will take place from 10.30 am to 3pm on Saturday, November 25. Items for sale in aid of museum funds include Christmas decorations and presents.

    The Museum is an independent charitable trust run by its members and a small staff. It is financed by donations, sponsorship, and commercial activities such as the shop and various grants.

Picture: Knitted Nativity figures

 

MUSEUM QUIZ NIGHT

THE Museum's second Quiz Night will take place on Sunday, November 26, at 7pm, at Crewe Vagrants Sports Club, Willaston. The quiz will be overseen by museum volunteer and veteran quiz master Wyn Jones. There will also be a raffle and light refreshments. 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.

 

COFFEE MORNINGS

in aid of Museum funds will be held in the Museum on December 1, January 26 and February 23, 10.30am to 12.30pm.

 

DEMENTIA FRIENDS

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 www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk/dementia-friendship-group/

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Museum is calling for volunteers to help with the day-to-day running of the museum. This includes education and work with schools, leading town tours, front of house services (on the Front Desk in the main gallery and shop), administration of the museum collection, historical research, installation of exhibitions and fund raising.

 

 

CONTACT THE MUSEUM on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104. Website: www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk. Or visit https://www.facebook.com/nantwich.museumoffical/ or 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

 

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ARTIST'S WORK ON VIEW

A COLLECTION of recent work by local artist Gordon Lancaster is on view in the Your Space gallery. Entitled "Kaleidoscope 3", it builds on the success of two earlier exhibitions at the Museum, with a variety of subjects selected to appeal to a wide audience.

   Gordon Lancaster has participated in more than 90 exhibitions including one-man shows. His work has been commissioned by, among others, Coventry Cathedral and a number of Local Authorities and can be found in public and private collections in this country and abroad.

   Some of the paintings in the exhibition will be available for sale.

   The exhibition runs until Saturday, January 6. Entry to the museum and exhibition is free.

Pictures: above "Betley Scene"; above right "Snowy Lane".

 

CHEESE ROOM RE-OPENS

The Cheese Room has re-opened after a revamp which gave it new information panels, together with a fresh coat of paint and other work. An audio video display also tells the story of local cheesemaking.

                     

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 next summer's exhibition. They are looking for information, pictures, maps, artefacts and stories, etc. Contact the Research Group at the Museum.

 

MOLLY HONOURED

THIS year's recipient of the Walter and Ada Dutton Prize is Molly Stone, a loyal supporter of the museum over many years and one time Trustee. Molly has been closely involved in all aspects of the museum's management and the governance of schools in Nantwich and Crewe.

   She received the award from the President of the Museum, Robert Stones (pictured) at the Museum's Friends and Volunteers fifth dinner, held at Residence restaurant in Mill Street, Nantwich.

   The Dutton Prize, which includes a specially-cast medal, was endowed by medal-maker Ron Dutton in memory of his parents. Alderman and Mrs Dutton. Each year since 1990 the museum Board has been able to nominate for the prize unsung heroes regarded as making an extraordinary contribution to the life of the town.

 

MUSEUM VOLUNTEER DIES

ALLAN Whatley, the Museum volunteer who was featured on this page, has died at the age of 104 shortly after moving to a care home in Dundee which was nearer to his son than his adopted Nantwich.

 

HISTORY BOOKLETS

THERE are more than 30 history booklets in the museum shop, with more being added all the time.

   The new ones are: "Landscape with Mills in the Nantwich Hundred" by Andrew Lamberton and Graham Dodd"; "The River Weaver in Nantwich: An introduction to its History and Science" by Helen Cooke and Scott Walker; and "The Parochial Library of St Mary's Church" by Helen Cooke.

   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 group.

   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 education@nantwichmuseum.org.uk, or call in at the museum. For more information visit the museum website or call in at the museum.

 

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