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 Nantwich Museum

 

EVENTS SURROUND MAJOR EXHIBITION

THE Museum has announced a programme of events accompanying the major summer exhibition, "River Weaver - a meander through time", which opens on Wednesday, July 12, and charts the story of how the river has shaped local hRiver Weaver near Welsh Row bridgeistory. 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 treatment today.

  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 1 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 per person.

   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

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SCHOOLCHILDREN'S WORK ON SHOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE 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.

lThe 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!

lNew 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 Catuvallani tribe.

   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 Fund grant.

 

 

 

 

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 sand eels.

 

 

 

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ALLAN'S WORK ACKNOWLEDGED

THE substantial contribution to the local history scene by Allan Whatley was acknowledged when he visited the Museum 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 Postcards".

   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 and streets.

   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

Millennium Gallery

   June 10 to July 8: SchoolFest '17. An annual exhibition of artwork by pupils of local schools.

   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.

 

Your Space

   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 Gallery.

   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 Lancaster. 

 

HISTORY BOOKLETS

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 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.

Forthcoming tours are:

   Thursday, July 6, 2pm: general tour.

   August: riverside tours.

   Saturday, September 30, 11am: general tour.

 

CONTACT THE MUSEUM on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104. Website: www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk. 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.

l To make shopping at the museum easier there is a card machine on the Reception Desk which accepts popular credit/debit cards. The shop is an important source of funds to keep the museum running.

l There is an induction loop at the Reception Desk for visitors with hearing difficulties.

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