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SHAKESPEARE IN ART

A LIFE-LONG love of The Bard inspired local artist, John Harrison, to bring together all aspects of his artistry, including paintings, box sculptures echoing passages of text, and visual imagery. These are now on show in his exhibition, "A Celebration of William Shakespeare", in The Millennium Gallery until Saturday, June 3.

   The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016 inspired several exhibitions in New York by John Harrison which led to the current exhibition with additional material.

   Several paintings are based on John's favourite play "The Tempest" (one of which is pictured left).

   He has travelled widely and his paintings have been exhibited in South America and Europe as well as the USA. He has worked as an illustrator of books in watercolours and mixed media and as a photographer for organisations including Skillshare Africa. Working for UNICEF, he established a centre of excellence in the visual arts in Mozambique.

   The artwork is available to buy.

www.johnharrisonartist.com

 

DEMENTIA FRIENDS SESSION

A Dementia Friends session will take place in the Museum on Monday, June 12, 11am to 12pm. It is open to the general public.

   Many of us perhaps know a little bit about dementia or perhaps someone living with the disease. At the Museum we are passionate about offering support to people living with dementia and their partners/carers and friends and run a Dementia Friendship Group, which meets twice a month.

   I and Fiona Swain (Museum Administrator) became Dementia Friends and then Dementia Friends Champions. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimers Society-led initiative which aims to increase dementia awareness and change the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about dementia.

   To find out more about Dementia Friends visit www.dementia friends.org.uk. To come along to the session, let me know or follow the link to book a place.

Contact details are below.

Kate Dobson, Museum Manager

 

HISTORY BOOKLETS

THERE are five more history booklets on the Museum Shop shelves. They are "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; "Newcastle-under-Lyme and Nantwich Turnpike Trust" by Keith Lawrence; "Nantwich to Congleton Turnpike Trust" by Keith Lawrence; and "Whitchurch and Madeley Turnpike Trust" by Keith Lawrence. All booklets are £2.95. They are selling well and so may not be available when you call in, but more copies are being printed all the time.  

 

CONTACT NANTWICH 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, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 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.

l Ask about membership of the Museum and its benefits.  

The Museum is a registered charity 

 

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ALLAN SAYS FAREWELL

A MAN who has a long association with the Museum, Allan Whatley, is leaving Nantwich after 30 years. The 104-year-old is going to live near his son, David, in Dundee, Scotland.

    He has made a significant contribution to the local history scene and his many years with the Museum included manning the Reception Desk, welcoming visitors and answering any question they had.

  In 2009, he was awarded the Ron Dutton medal for services to the town – an annual award instigated by Mr Dutton in memory of his parents Alderman and Mrs John Dutton. The recipient is decided by the Museum Board of Management.

   Allan also ran the U3A Nantwich Local History group for many years and has written books on Nantwich and Crewe.

  In a ceremony at the Museum on May 19, the Museum Chairman, Nick Dyer, presented him with a colour picture of Nantwich medieval market that had been painted by Les Pickford, the Museum artist.

  Pictured with Allan and Nick is Andrew Lamberton, local historian.

 

2017 EXHIBITIONS

 

Millennium Gallery

June 10 to July 8:  SkoolzFest ’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 and 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. Kay Bayliss.

 

Your Space

May 10 to May 27: Children’s Art Competition. In collaboration with The Rotary Club of Nantwich.

May 31 to July 8: U3A Photography. An exhibition by the Crewe and Nantwich branch of the University of the Third Age.

July 12 to September 9:  Drawn from the Weaver. An exhibition by Pamela Field 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.

 

PLANT AND BOOK SALE 

The ever popular Plants and Books Sale organised by Nantwich Museum Trust in aid of museum funds will take place on Saturday, June 3, between 10am and 12.30pm.

   A wide selection of keenly-priced plants and books will be available. It is an ideal opportunity to purchase unusual plants and select books for holiday reading.

   The museum would appreciate any donations of books or plants for the event.

Picture: a previous plants and books sale in full swing.

 

TOUR THE TOWN

Guided tours of Nantwich are led by volunteers from Nantwich Museum, either as a general tour which members of the public can join or an exclusive one tailored to meet the requirements of a group taking part.

   They last for between an hour and a half to 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.

   The tours cost £2 per person with a minimum of six people. Larger groups or groups of individuals may be split into smaller parties so that participants can hear the leader of the party and see any items of interest easily.

   To obtain a place on a tour, telephone 01270 627104, email education@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or call in at the Museum. For more information visit the Museum website.

   Forthcoming tours are:

   Saturday, June 10th, 11am: General tour

   Thursday, July  6th, 2pm: General tour

Look out for more Riverside tours during August.

   Saturday, September 2nd, 11am: General tour

   Saturday, September 9th, 11am: Riverside tour

   Saturday, September 30th, 11am: General tour

   

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