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 Nantwich Museum

 

SUMMER EXHIBITION FEATURES WELL-KNOWN STREET

"WELSH Row Through The Ages", the museum’s major summer exhibition, was opened by Mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr. Lesley Smetham. It runs until Saturday, October 13.

    The Mayor was accompanied by her Consort, Mr David Smetham. Also present was the Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr. David Marren. Local musician, Andrew Bassey introduced the event with a selection of Welsh-themed music and a Victorian song.

   The exhibition is designed to illustrate continuity and change on the row throughout its long and varied history.

   Nantwich developed as an important crossing point of the River Weaver. Initially the river was crossed by a ford, which was supplemented in medieval times by a bridge.

   Once known as Frog Row, Welsh Row was a vital thoroughfare and the passage of people and goods saw commerce and industry flourish. The name stems from the time the Welsh visited the area to obtain salt. Some settled in the row, making their mark on the town and leading to the naming of the row. Prosperity soon brought people and entertainment to the district.

   The exhibition explores the development of the row and its relationship to the rest of the town. It features maps, timelines and pictures to explain the growth of the row through the centuries identifying some of the characters who lived and studied there through iconic “blue plaque” style presentations.

   The Museum’s Research Group made use of archaeology, letters and modern reminiscences to design the exhibition and bring the history of Welsh Row to life. 

   Research booklets detailing some of the topics are available from the Museum shop.

 

o Image: Welsh Row looking towards the town centre (note the church tower).

 

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 LAUNCHED

 

NANTWICH has never lacked somewhere to drink. That fact is made very clear in "Nantwich Pubs", a new book at the Museum.

   Complied by local authors Andrew Lamberton and Bill Pearson, the 164-page, fully illustrated book, costing £11.95, 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.

    The book is being sold through the Museum Shop and other outlets throughout the town with all profits being donated to Museum funds by the authors.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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CONTOURS AND COLOURS

"CONTOURS and Colours in Paint and Print", an exhibition by Margaret Gill and Barbara Barlow, in the Your Space gallery, features oil and acrylic paintings and handcrafted reduction linocuts based on ancient Japanese art, similar to woodcut images.

   As well as using oil and acrylic paints, Margaret is drawn to mixing a range of media to achieve her desired effects, and to see what unexpected effects ensue. Some of the work develops in unplanned ways when materials, colours and textures work with, or against, each other. 

 Landscapes and the natural world are of particular interest where Margaret's aim is to simplify complex images while exaggerating colour and pattern.

   Reduction linocut printmaking requires specialist tools and materials including a press and specialist Japanese papers. Each image takes about five days to complete and begins with a drawn design.

   Barbara chooses to make very small editions of up to 15 of each image, often producing them in varying colourways. She comments "I don't plan too far ahead because I want to be surprised by the results".

   Entry to the museum and exhibition is free and the artwork is available to purchase. The exhibition runs until Saturday, October 27.

  o Images.  Top right: a work by Margaret Gill. Above: Water of Life by Barbara Barlow.

 

THIS YEAR'S EXHIBITIONS

In the Millennium Gallery

October 17 to January 5: "2018 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition."

In the Your Space Gallery

October 30 to December 8: "Representation of the People" by David Morgan.

lEntrance to the museum and exhibitions is free but small charges are made for some special events. As arrangements can change, visitors are advised to check details before travelling to the museum, to avoid disappointment. 

 

"THE CIVIL WARS IN CHESHIRE" EVENING CLASS

FOLLOWING the success of an evening class in 2017, the Museum is running a further course focussed on the English Civil Wars. Entitled "The Civil Wars in Cheshire", the five-week course takes place on Thursday evenings from October 4 to November 1 and aims to provide an understanding of the local war.

   Course tutor, Dr Keith Lawrence, will cover the arrival of the war in Cheshire in 1642, the lead up to the Siege of Nantwich and the campaign of the "Irish Royalist Army" in 1643, the Barthomley Massacre of December 1643, the Siege and 1644 Battle of Nantwich, and finally the Siege of Chester and Sir William Brereton’s search for support.

    The cost is £50, which includes course materials and refreshments. Early booking is recommended.                                                                         

 

COFFEE MORNINGS

Coffee mornings are held from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Millennium Gallery on the last Friday of each month (except bank holiday weekends) in aid of museum funds.

 

HISTORY BOOKLETS

THERE is a wide range of history booklets in the museum shop, with more being added all the time.

   The latest additions include booklets related to the Battle of Nantwich. Among others are "A.N.Hornby - Famous Victorian Sportsperson" by Bill Pearson; "Harry Thomas Johnson on Nantwich in the 1880s", featuring pages from Johnsons' Nantwich Almanack and Directory and its successor publication; "Nantwich Railways" by Jeremy Nicholls, redressing the balance of Nantwich's place in railway history.

   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.

 

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."

   A few months ago, Barrie received this year's Dutton Medal presented by the Museum. Nantwich man Ron Dutton produces the medals in memory of his parents, Cllr and Mrs Walter J. Dutton.

 

Picture: Paul Compton, Nantwich Events Photography.

 

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

 

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