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 Nantwich Museum

 

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 runs until Saturday, September 9. It charts the story of how the river shaped local hRiver Weaver near Welsh Row bridgeistory.

  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 also displayed.

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 Smith.

   Cllr Butterill was introduced by the Chair of the Museum Trustees, Nick Dyer.  


TALK: 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

Millennium Gallery

   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.

 

Your Space

   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 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. 

 

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 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'S WORK ACKNOWLEDGED

THE substantial contribution to the local history scene by Allan Whatley was acknowledged when he visited the Museum 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 Postcards".

   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 and streets.

   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. 

HISTORY BOOKLETS

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 group.

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

 Forthcoming event:

   Saturday, September 30, 11am: general tour.

Tickets cost 3 person (children and Museum Members 2). The walk lasts about one-and-a-half hours.

 

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