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 Nantwich Museum

 

CONTEMPORARY ART GROUP'S WORK ON SHOW

"INSPIRED BY . . . ", 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. Also silk paintings of flowers, birds, fruit and large quilts, all worked by hand-on-hand 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.

o Pictures: Left, "Windermere"; right, "Eva".

 

COFFEE MORNINGS

COFFEE mornings are held in the Millennium Gallery on the last Friday of each month (except bank holiday weekends) in aid of museum funds.

 

DEMENTIA FRIENDS

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 www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk/dementia-friendship-group/

 

"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 some establishments.

    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 moved premises.

 

HISTORY BOOKLETS

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 website - the booklets produced so far, the ones on the way, and those which are proposed for future publication.

o  See a review of two booklets here.

 

SPECIAL OFFER FOR WOULD-BE FRIENDSl

THERE is a special offer for anyone wishing to support the museum by becoming a Friend - with no subscription renewal required until April 2020.

    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.

l  As an 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 enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104. Website: www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk. Or visit https://www.facebook.com/nantwich.museumoffical/ or 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 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 group.

   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 education@nantwichmuseum.org.uk, or call in at the museum. For more information visit the museum website 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 display.

   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 War

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, begin at 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.

l 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.

oHolly 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 August 3.

   "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 Your Space gallery will include:

   "Battle-Scarred", exploring various aspects of surgery, medicine and military welfare during the British Civil Wars.

   “Rotary Children’s Art”.

   "A Study of Nantwich” by Christian Turner. An 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.

l 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 panel below..

 

MUSEUM SEEKING FUNDING FOR EXHIBITION

THE Museum is seeking funding for the "Empowerment of Women - a local perspective" exhibition which ran in the Your Space Gallery of the Museum. 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

 https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nantwichmuseum.

   Donations, however small will be greatly appreciated.

 

DUTTON PRIZE AWARDED

LIZ 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

MUSEUM 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 the Museum.

Picture: Paul Compton, Nantwich Events Photography.

 

l For the full list of this year's award winners, click here.

 

     

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