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an exhibition of contemporary textile art by local group Intastitch
is running in the Millennium Gallery
until Saturday, March 16.
It displays a wide range of influences,
interests and techniques used in textile art. Many pieces are a
collage of mixed media, dyeing, machine and hand stitch, applique
and reverse applique. There are diaphanous hangings on transparent
backgrounds, interpretations of waterfalls, landscapes including
views of the Lake District in needlefelt, wet and nuno felt.
silk paintings of flowers, birds, fruit and large quilts, all worked
dyed recycled fabric.
Intastitch is a group of contemporary
textile artists based in east Cheshire who share, explore and
develop their art together. Members bring to the group a variety of
life experiences including teaching, interior design, speech
therapy, architecture, mathematics, social work, computer sciences
and farming. They are inspired by their different backgrounds and
environments, which are reflected in the exhibition, including where
they live, a garden, a holiday - or just the wow factor of a sunset,
waterfall, shell, a figure, an amazing structure, space or colour.
The group adopted its name in 2014 and
has taken part in a number of exhibitions.
Entry to the museum
and exhibition is free and the artwork is available to purchase.
Pictures: Left, "Windermere"; right, "Eva".
COFFEE mornings are held in the Millennium Gallery on the last Friday of each month
(except bank holiday weekends) in aid of museum funds.
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
"NANTWICH PUBS" BOOK PROVING TO BE POPULAR
A BOOK published by Nantwich Museum this summer featuring Nantwich
pubs has proved to be extremely popular. The first edition sold out
within a few weeks of the launch and a second edition has been
produced to cater for the Christmas market.
Complied by local authors Andrew Lamberton and Bill
Pearson, the 164-page, fully-illustrated book, costs £11.95. It is a
comprehensive street-by-street review of local pubs past and
present, the past breweries in the town and the ghosts which haunt
It is being sold through the
Museum Shop and other outlets throughout the town with all profits
being donated to Museum funds by the authors.
Researching the book presented some problems as there was often
more than one pub with the same name. Nantwich has had three pubs
called the Black Horse, three Horse and Grooms, three Red Cows and
three Red Lions. Often names would move with the landlord if they
THERE is a wide range of history booklets in the museum shop, with
more always added. The booklets cost £2.95 or £3,95. 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
- the booklets produced so far, the ones on the way, and those which
are proposed for future publication.
o See a review of two
SPECIAL OFFER FOR WOULD-BE FRIENDSl
is a special offer for anyone wishing to support the museum by
becoming a Friend - with no subscription renewal required until
Membership includes e-mail newsletters, discounts on
talks and events, invitations to exclusive member events and an
opportunity to vote at the AGM.
Individual membership costs £20 and Families
£30. Application forms are available from the museum or can be
downloaded from the museum website.
independent charitable trust run by its members and a small staff, the museum is financed by donations, sponsorship, commercial
activities such as the shop and various grants.
CONTACT THE MUSEUM on
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01270 627104.
www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk. Or visit
https://twitter.com/NantwichMuseum. Or call in to the
museum in Pillory Street (CW5 5BQ) - opposite the
The museum is open from
10.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is free. The museum
is a registered charity.
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
£4 per person (£3 Museum members) 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.
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BATTLE OF NANTWICH COMMEMORATED
ThE seventeenth century siege and battle of Nantwich is remembered
in an exhibition opening in the Your Space Gallery on Tuesday,
January 22, which will run until the Spring.
Visitors can learn more about the Civil War, follow the course of
the battle, view various armaments, elements of uniforms and other
items of the time. An original copy of the letter describing the
battle from the victors, Sir Thomas Fairfax and William Brereton to
General Monroe can be seen at the museum's permanent Civil War
A model illustrating the battle will be on display in the Joseph
Heler Room (upstairs).
The Museum Shop has items relevant to the battle. "The English Civil
Re-enacted", a booklet by Keith Lawrence, explains the uniforms and
equipment of the Civil War soldiers.
Events in the Museum on Holly Holy Day (January 26), when the Battle
will be commemorated in the town and on Mill Island,
10am with a Civil War Tour followed by another at 12 noon (£4.00 per
person, £3.00 Museum Members). A Pike and Musketry Demonstration led
by members of The Sealed Knot takes place from 10.30am to 11.30am
followed by seventeenth century music by local group "Forlorne Hope"
until 12.30 pm.
The name Holly Holy Day comes from
when the townspeople celebrated the end of the siege by wearing a
sprig of holly in their hats in 1643.
Next month - on Friday, February 15, at 2pm - Professor Andrew
Hopper of The University of Leicester, entitled "The Human Costs of
the Civil War". Tickets are available at the Museum at £4 per person
(£3 for Museum members)'
Entry to the museum and exhibition is free.
Holy Day image by Paul Topham
FIRST WORLD WAR COMMEMORATED AT MUSEUM
THE Museum is commemorating the centenary of the 1918
Armistices of the First World War with exhibitions. These feature
memorabilia, including medals from the period and the Herbert St
John Jones 1915 painting, "The Angels of Mons".
EXHIBITIONS IN 2019
THE Museum's programme of exhibitions in 2019 features a wide range
of art and historical subjects.
On show in the Millennium Gallery will be:
"Spring in your step" by Shires' Artists. March
20 to May 25.
"Castles and Roses" by Threadmill. May 30 to
"Treasures of the Museum" by Nantwich Museum.
August 7 to October 12.
"2019 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition".
October 16 to January 4
Exhibitions in the
gallery will include:
exploring various aspects of surgery, medicine and military welfare
during the British Civil Wars.
“Rotary Children’s Art”.
Study of Nantwich” by Christian Turner.
exhibition about former resident of the town Joseph Priestley to
coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table, a tabular
arrangement of the chemical elements.
A new permanent English Civil War display curated by the Cheshire
Civil War Centre will open in the Spring.
Entrance to the museum and exhibitions is free but small charges are
made for some special events.
TOWN TOURS IN JANUARY
THE Museum's tour programme continues with three
tours in January. The last one this month is: Civil War Tour, 10am, Saturday, January 26 - a part of
the Holly Holy Day commemoration.
Tours start from the museum, and cost £4
per person (£3 Museum members). Tours may also be booked by
arrangement. For more information, contact the Museum or see the
SEEKING FUNDING FOR EXHIBITION
THE Museum is seeking funding for
"Empowerment of Women - a
local perspective" exhibition which ran in the Your Space Gallery of
As an independent museum and registered
charity, the museum depends on local authority grants but must
itself fund more than half its operating costs. It is for this
reason it is seeking £300 to meet the cost of the exhibition
through Crowdfunding, which can be accessed through Just Giving at
Donations, however small will be greatly appreciated.
DUTTON PRIZE AWARDED
Parkin, well known for her work with the local RedShift Radio, is the
recipient of this year's Walter and Ada Dutton Prize.
It was presented to her at the sixth Museum Members and Volunteers
dinner at Residence Restaurant, Nantwich, by the Chair of the Museum
Board, Nick Dyer (picture).
Commenting on the award, Nick recounted
"the many aspects of town life to which Liz has contributed." These
included the Nantwich Show, the Holly Holy Day event, organisation
of the Big Day Out, VE Day Celebrations, and the Doggy Day Out. "The
list goes on," he said. Of particular note was the work done by Liz
to promote charities and businesses through broadcast, networking
and social media.
The Dutton Prize, which includes a
medal, was endowed by medal-maker Ron Dutton in memory of his
parents Alderman and Mrs Dutton. The medal features an image of St
Mary's Church, Nantwich, as a symbol of the town and its community.
Each year since 1990 the Museum Board has nominated for the prize
unsung heroes regarded as making an extraordinary contribution to
the life of the town.
The evening concluded with a talk by
Rodney Cottrell outlining the national and local work of the Royal
National Lifeboat Institution with particular reference to the
success of the boat Audlem Lass which so far this year has
carried, in aid of RNLI funds, more than 5,000 passengers and 400
dogs on its service between Audlem and Overwater Marina on the
Shropshire Union Canal.
AWARD FOR BARRIE
volunteer, Barrie Astbury, has received a "Salt of the Earth" award
from the then Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr Penny Butterill. It is the
Community Volunteer Award for his work which includes educational
projects and town tours for the Museum.
A citation said these "help to fulfil the
function of a community museum and support it financially."
Previously, Barrie received the Dutton Medal presented by
For the full list of this year's award winners,