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AN exhibition of heritage remains in the UK and abroad, "Forlorn Fragments" by Marguerite Turner, runs until Saturday, May 6, in the Your Space gallery.

   Marguerite spent much of her childhood in Somerset before completing a Foundation Course  at Bath Academy of Art. Her artistic focus was on the human form, but her lifelong interest in historic sites and ancient buildings has now become the focus of her art.

   She says: "The attraction of historic ruins is their wonderful stonework, intriguing angles and the way light falls, as well as their association with the past."

   The artwork is available to buy.

Picture: Tonquedec, Brittany.



VARIOUS aspects of local history are covered in a range of booklets which have been produced by the Museum’s Research Group. The titles are:

    "John Gerard and his Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes", by Helen Cooke and Graham Dodd. The Nantwich man who became herbalist to King James I; "Harry Thomas Johnson on Nantwich in the 1880s". The Nantwich printer well known for his Nantwich Almanack and Directory and as head of the firm which still exists; “A Day at the Races - Nantwich Racecourse”; “Mapping and Listing Nantwich”; “The Story of Nantwich Brine”; “The Reverend Andrew Fuller Chater”;  “Cocoa House and Yard“; “James Hall, Nantwich Historian, on the English Civil War“; "The Canal at Nantwich", by Graham Dodd; "Discoverer of Oxygen" (Joseph Priestley) by Helen Cooke; "Reverend Joseph Partridge on the Great Siege of Nantwich" and "John Weld Platt on the Siege of Nantwich"; "Nantwich Zoos", by Bill Pearson, featuring animal collections, including one at Shavington which transferred to Upton to become Chester Zoo; "All the Fun of the Fair": A history of fairs and festivals in Nantwich by Bill Pearson, featuring the town's events; and "Nantwich - a quiet market town. Far from it", listing troop movements in the garrison town during the First English Civil War. 

   The booklets are on sale in the Museum shop at £2.95 each in aid of Museum funds.

   PLEASE NOTE: These booklets are selling very well and so some may be out of stock when you call in to buy one. More are being printed all the time.


THE Museum is on the look out for new volunteers. More than 50 currently help with all aspects of the museum's activities including front-of-house services and the shop, administration of the collection, historical research, education including work with school groups, leading town tours, fundraising - all essential for the smooth running of the museum.

   If you can afford a little time and are interested in joining the team, contact the Museum to discuss the opportunities. (See contact details below).


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.  



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 theparty and see any items of interest easily.

   To find out about the next tour, to book a tour for your group, or to obtain a place on a tour as an individual, telephone 01270 627104, email education@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or call in at the Museum. For more information visit the Museum website.


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A  NEW venture at the Museum is an interactive evening class aimed at analysing local events during the First Civil War in Cheshire and its significance in the international context.

   It has been arranged by the Museum's Civil War Centre. Entitled "A County Destroyed by the Civil War - the Civil War in Cheshire", the 10-week course will analyse the background to the conflict and identify the key characters.

   The strategic significance of Cheshire will be examined and the means by which the allegiances of Chester and Nantwich were established. An important element of the class will be the opportunity to examine contemporary documents to map the course of the war.

   Events leading to the siege and relief of Nantwich will be analysed. The Nantwich siege was followed by the siege of Chester and the ultimate defeat of King Charles I. The consequences of war for local people and their property will also be considered.

   Dr Keith Lawrence, (right), Chairman of the Nantwich Museum Civil War Centre and a well-known local speaker, will co-ordinate the course which begins at the Museum in the Joseph Heler Room (upstairs) on Thursday, October 5. The cost is £100 which includes course materials and refreshments. Dr Lawrence points out to prospective participants: "Just bring an enquiring mind and the story will be built up to provide an understanding of the Civil War in Cheshire".

   To book a place contact the Museum.

Militiaman picture by Paul Topham




Millennium Gallery

March 29 to June 3:  Celebration of William Shakespeare. John Harrison celebrates the famous poet, playwright, and actor.

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.



A REVISED and updated version of Jane Stevenson's "Nantwich - a brief history and guide" is on the shop shelves. First produced in 1994, this is the fourth reprint of this successful book now updated by Andrew Lamberton and including 23 photographs from the Museum Photograph Collection. It gives a unique insight into the history of Nantwich.










Christine Crowe presents the cheques to Kate Dobson, with Nick Dyer, the Chairman of the Museum Board of Management, looking on.







Nantwich Museum acknowledges a generous donation of £1,000 by the Rotary Club of Nantwich to assist with the running of the museum and its Dementia Friendship Group. Cheques were presented to Kate Dobson, Museum Manager, by Christine Crowe, President of the club.


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