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CAMERA CLUB'S PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS ON SHOW

NANTWICH Camera Club's 2018 Photographic Exhibition is on show in the Millennium Gallery until Saturday, January 5.

   Featuring recent work from members of the club, the annual event is always well received and includes print and projected images. There is a wide range of inspiring subjects.

   A number of the prints will be available for sale and, as usual, visitors will be invited to choose their favourite photograph.

  

oImages: "Golden Eagle" by Robert Gough and "Riding Out" by Bryan Averill.

 

CRAFT FAIR

THE annual Christmas Craft Fair, featuring goods made by the museum's Craft Group,  will take place from 10.30am to 3pm on Saturday, November 24. Items for sale in aid of museum funds include handmade Christmas gifts and decorations.
   The Craft Group meets at the museum on Tuesday mornings. New members are always welcome.
 

HISTORY COURSE

A FREE four-week course on 17th Century Nantwich is taking place in the Museum. Week One was Thursday, November 8. The workshops, held on Thursdays at 7pm to 9pm, are being led by Museum volunteer, Andrew Lamberton. To take part, send an e-mail to the Museum with your name and telephone number, or call in. See contact details below.

 

COFFEE MORNINGS

A COFFEE and Cake morning will be held on Friday, November 30, 10.30am to 12.30pm. It is one of the coffee mornings 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 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.

 

 

 

HISTORY BOOKLETS

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

 

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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EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN - A LOCAL PERSPECTIVE

A NEW exhibition, "Empowerment of Women - a local perspective", in the Your Space Gallery of the Museum, will run until the New Year.

   Developed by members of the museum's Research Group, the exhibition celebrates the centenary of the earliest successes of the women's suffrage campaign. In 1918 women first got the right to vote in elections for Parliament, but only if they were property owners aged over 30. It would be another 10 years before all women could exercise this right in the same way as men.

   It also celebrates the lives of three local women who, in different ways and at different times, took up the causes that the women’s suffrage movement fought for: the writer and community activist Helen Macfarlane, champion of women’s rights;  Ada Nield Chew (see below); and most recently, Gwyneth Dunwoody long-serving Member of Parliament for Crewe and Nantwich.

    

lA TALK, "A Crewe Factory Girl - the life of Ada Nield Chew", will be given by Graham Dodd at the Museum at 2pm on Saturday, December 1. Tickets are available from the museum and cost £4 (Museum Members £3). Booking is advised.

o Image: Ada Nield Chew, painted by Les Pickford

 

lTHE Museum is seeking funding for the exhibition. 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.

 

FIRST WORLD WAR COMMEMORATED AT MUSEUM

THE Museum is commemorating the centenary of the 1918 Armistices of the First World War with exhibitions and a talk.

   At 2pm on Tuesday, November 20, Keith Lawrence will give a talk "The Great War 1914-1920 (and other facts you thought you knew)" where he will consider the Grand Narrative of the war, its myths and legends. Tickets cost £4 (Museum Members £3) and are available from the museum. Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

   "Empowerment of Women - a local perspective", an exhibition in the Your Space Gallery examines ways in which women involved in the war were reflected locally. (See above).

   Other exhibitions in the museum feature memorabilia, including medals from the period and the Herbert St John Jones 1915 painting, "The Angels of Mons".

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. Nantwich man Ron Dutton produces the medals in memory of his parents, Alderman 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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