EVENTS SURROUND MAJOR EXHIBITION
THE Museum has lined up a programme of events
accompanying the major summer exhibition, "River Weaver - a Meander
through Time", which
until Saturday, September 9. It
charts the story
of how the river shaped local history.
An audio-visual programme prepared by members of
Nantwich Camera Club charts the course of the river and its moods.
A copy of a sketch from J.M.W.Turner's "Chester
Sketchbook" is displayed depicting the artist's view of Nantwich in
1801. It has been licensed from Tate Britain thanks to generous
donations from museum volunteers. The sketch is in the "Picturesque"
style which grew in popularity through the eighteenth century.
Paintings by residents of Richmond Village are
Picture: the River Weaver and Welsh Row Bridge by Paul Topham
Two Mayors and one Member of
Parliament attended the opening of the "River Weaver - a meander
through time" exhibition.
The Mayor of Nantwich,
Councillor Penny Butterill (second from right) opened the
exhibition, and present were the Mayor of Cheshire East Council,
Cllr Arthur Moran (of Nantwich) and Crewe and Nantwich MP, Laura
Cllr Butterill was
introduced by the Chair of the Museum Trustees, Nick Dyer.
Museum artist, Les Pickford, will give a
talk on Thursday, August 31, at 3pm. "When Turner Came to Town"
describes the visit of artist J.M.W.Turner to Nantwich.
A copy of a
sketch from J.M.W. Turner's "Chester Sketchbook" is featured in the
exhibition depicting the artist's view of Nantwich in 1801. It has
been licensed from Tate Britain thanks to generous donations from
museum volunteers. The sketch is in the "Picturesque" style which
grew in popularity through the eighteenth century.
Booking is recommended.
Tickets are available
from the museum and cost £3.50 (Museum Members £2.50).
THE ever-popular summer Children's
Workshops will be themed on the river. Drop-in between 11am and 3pm
on Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday 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.
THIS YEAR'S EXHIBITIONS
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.
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
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
CONTACT THE MUSEUM on
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www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk. Or visit
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.
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.
There is an induction loop at the Reception Desk for visitors with
Ask about membership of the museum and its benefits.
The museum is a registered charity
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ALLAN'S WORK ACKNOWLEDGED
THE substantial contribution to the
local history scene by Allan Whatley was acknowledged when he
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 in the picture 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
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
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.
THERE are more history booklets
in the museum shop, bringing the total on sale to 30, with more
being added all the time.
The new ones are: "The River Weaver in Nantwich: An
introduction to its History and Science" by Helen Cooke and Scott
Walker; "Landscape with Mills in the Nantwich Hundred" by Andrew
Lamberton and Graham Dodd"; and "The Parochial Library of St
Mary's Church" by Helen Cooke.
Also new: "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
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
email@example.com, or call in at the
museum. For more information visit the museum
or call in at the museum.
When you arrive
at the Museum, look out for the red-coated tour guides,
such as Museum Manager, Kate Dobson (right).
September 30, 11am: general tour.
£3 person (children and Museum Members £2). The walk
lasts about one-and-a-half hours.