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Cheshire Civil War Centre opens at Museum

THE new Cheshire Civil War Centre gallery has opened at the Museum, just before the Millennium Gallery. This used to be the Your Space Gallery, which has now been relocated upstairs at the Museum.

   The Civil War Centre was opened by Cllr David Marren as one of the events towards the end of his term as Mayor of Nantwich.  He said: “Although the Civil War produced a military dictator in the form of Cromwell and ultimately led to the restoration of the Stuart monarchy, it did create the foundation for a new kind of monarchy which was quite different from the “absolute” monarchies which dominated the rest of Europe.

   "The exhibition tells how Nantwich played its part, and how its people were affected by the conflict and the hardships and sufferings they endured but also explains the strategic importance of the town."

   Cllr Marren added: "In late 1643, Nantwich was the only town in Cheshire still held by the Parliamentarians. The defeat of Royalist forces at Nantwich thwarted King Charles's plan to create a field army in the northwest based on regiments returning from Ireland and so altered the course of the conflict and therefore in some small way we can claim credit for a constitutional monarchy and the supremacy of Parliament."

   The display features interpretation panels developed by the museum's Research Group, which enjoys a wide range of expertise including art, design and model making, all supplemented by artefacts of the time and informative replicas.

   The Chairman of the Museum Board of Management, Nick Dyer, observed that the new display helps to bring the Civil War to life and enable the community to understand its past.

   He hoped it would be of interest to specialists, local residents and visitors.

   In development since 2015 under the direction of Dr Keith Lawrence, the

 

centre (pictured left) was conceived as an educational resource focussed on the war in this locality.

   Speaking at the opening, Keith Lawrence explained how much of what we think we know about the Civil War is inaccurate, because it is based on seventeenth century tales which have become accepted as fact over the years.

   He stressed: "The new centre is trying to paint an accurate picture by peeling apart the conventional stories, which are mostly propaganda".

   He acknowledged all those who had helped create the centre, including the National Civil War Centre, Newark, and Grosvenor Museum, Chester, as well as Colin Bisset and Brenda Rampling of The Sealed Knot, whose attendance in period costume added a touch of colour to the occasion.

   Entry to the museum and the centre is free.

PHOTOGRAPHERS' RECENT WORK ON SHOW IN GALLERY

THE 2019 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition, featuring recent work from members of the popular and successful club runs until Saturday, January 4.

   The annual event, which is always well received attracting visitors from throughout the region, includes stunning print and projected images of a wide range of truly inspiring subjects. Many of the prints will be available for sale while visitors will be invited to nominate their favourite photograph.

   The camera club was formed in 1981 to promote the hobby of photography and provide an opportunity for members to develop their skills in a social environment. It is affiliated to The Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union and The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and its work regularly features in area and national competitions.

   A wide range of club activities includes lectures, demonstrations, practical events and competitions.

  The first club exhibition was held at Nantwich Library in 1983 and the first exhibition at the Museum in 2002, celebrating the club's 21st anniversary.

   Entry to the museum and exhibition is free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Misty Sunset  by Alison Ward                         Storm Clouds over the River Arno

                                                                                                  by Robert Gough

CIVIL WAR COURSE . . .

A HISTORY of the Civil Wars will feature in a course starting in October.

   "The Civil Wars in Cheshire", a re-run of last year's successful course, began on

Wednesday, October 16, and runs until Wednesday, November 13.

Week 1: The War arrives in Cheshire - 1642. 
Week 2:
The lead-up to the Siege of Nantwich - the campaign of the "Irish Royalist

   Army - 1643.
Week 3:
The Barthomley Massacre – a review, December 1643.

Week 4: The Siege and Battle of Nantwich - January 1643/1644.     

Week 5: The Siege of Chester and Brereton's search for support.

   The evening sessions run from 7pm to 9pm. The cost is £50, which includes course materials and refreshments.

 

. . . AND NANTWICH HISTORY

"ASPECTS of the History of Nantwich" is a new course which began on Wednesday, November 6 and is running over six weeks until Wednesday, December 11.

Week 1: Roads and the development of Nantwich.

Week 2: Nantwich Railways.

Week 3: Story of Nantwich Brine and Salt.

Week 4: The Lost Churches and Chapels of Nantwich

Week 5: The Canal at Nantwich.

Week 6: Agriculture and Cheshire Cheese.

   The afternoon sessions run from 2pm to 3.30pm. The cost for the course is £25 (Museum Members £20) or £5 (Museum Members £4) per talk.

 

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. Enjoy a hot drink and a slice of homemade cake while catching up with friends old and new. There is no charge, but donations to keep the Museum going are appreciated. The events have raised £2,493.01 in the past two years.

  The next coffee morning is on Friday, November 29, 10.30am to 12.30pm.

 

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/

 

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 walks in 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.

   The Museum offers a town tour and a tour of Welsh Row each month. Tours leave the Museum at 11am sharp.

  General tours last for between an hour and a 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. It is advised that you book ahead to avoid disappointment.

   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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"LOST HOUSES" BOOK LAUNCHED IN SECOND EDITION

BY popular demand, "Lost Houses in Nantwich", a book by local authors Andrew Lamberton and the late Robin Gray, had an official launch on October 26 when Andrew Lamberton signed copies of the book.

   Originally published in 2005, the book has become a local classic, a "must have" for all those interested in local history and the houses that have been lost in the town and its immediate locality.

   In their introduction to the first edition the authors observed how the rapid development of the town resulted in the loss of many houses and their aim was to document the buildings while still in living memory. They defined the houses as: "those that are no longer with us or have changed so dramatically in appearance as to be virtually unrecognisable from the original".

   The new edition of the book is fully illustrated and now includes a number of public buildings. The original text has been revised and there are an additional 50 photographs taken from the Museum collection, some of which are in colour, while the maps are based on the 1851 Ordnance Survey map of the town.

   Speaking of the revised book, author Andrew Lamberton, said: “It is important to acknowledge for their contributions members of Nantwich Museum’s Research Group and, in particular, illustrator Keith Harper for the new maps, Paul Topham for work on the photographs, Keith Lawrence for the typesetting and Linda Briggs for proofreading."

   The book costs £15 and is available from the Museum Shop.


CHRISTMAS BOOK OFFER

From Saturday, November 23, through to Christmas Eve, the Museum will be running a special book promotion. Buy the Nantwich Pubs book and the Lost Houses book and receive a 10% discount. Or, buy two copies of the same book and receive the same discount.  


 

TOO MANY INN IMAGES FOR BOOK

THE Crown Hotel is the subject of a new booklet launched by the Museum and available in the Museum Shop.

   The new booklet, "The Crown - a brief history of this historic inn", joins a range of booklets which look at the town's history.

   It was written by Andrew Lamberton and Bill Pearson who produced the "Nantwich Pubs" book (164 pages for £11.95). But they found during their research that they had far more material about The Crown than would fit into a book covering all the town's pubs.

   The Crown, one of three Grade I listed buildings in Nantwich, is one of the town's oldest pubs. The booklet covers the history of the pub before the Great Fire of Nantwich in 1584 and the rebuilding afterwards.

   There is also a long list of famous guests at the hotel including Prince Charles who later became Charles II. Three famous Formula One racing drivers stayed at the hotel while racing at Oulton Park.

   Photographs and other material in the booklet were given to the Museum by the inn's owner, Bill Schofield, whose father, William Schofield, bought The Crown in 1962 when it was in a perilous state.

   The booklet, which is also available from The Crown Hotel in High Street, costs £2.95 with all profits going to support the Museum.

 

WHAT THEY WILL BE READING

THE Museum's Book Group, now in its 22nd year, provides an opportunity for members to read books chosen by the group, and discuss their merits and the impact they have had on them as readers. Meetings are held at the Museum at 7.30pm on Tuesdays, between September and June.

   December 3: "On Chapel Sands" by Laura Cumming      

   January 21: "The Glass Room" by Simon Mawer.

   February 11: "Spring" by Ali Smith.

   April 21: "Resistance" by Owen Sheers.

   May 12: "Gentleman Jack" by Angela Stei Dele.

   June 16: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama.

l An annual subscription of £15 is payable as a donation in aid of Museum funds.   For further information contact the Museum (see left)

 

DUTTON PRIZE AWARDED

MUSEUM Trustee Dr Graham Dodd was presented with the prestigious Dutton Prize at the recent Museum Annual Dinner.
   The Dutton Prize includes a medal endowed by medal-maker Ron Dutton in memory of his parents Alderman and Mrs Dutton. It features an image of the church 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.
   Graham is a former Vice Chair of the Management Board of the Museum. He is active locally as Vice Chair of Nantwich Historical Society, a founder member of the Nantwich Camera Club and other local organisations.

   In making the presentation (left) , Chair of the Museum Board, Nick Dyer, said that Graham was an expert on the history of Nantwich salt production, the local canal system and many other aspects of local history.

   He recalled that when a Chinese television unit turned up at the museum seeking an expert to talk about Nantwich brine and salt, Graham was the obvious choice and he is now probably famous throughout China without knowing it.

    Graham also appeared on the BBC's North West Tonight programme recounting the murder in 1572 of Roger Crockett the licensee of The Crown.
   After the presentation, Graham gave a talk on his “Heritage Journey” describing his introduction to industrial archaeology at Bath University and subsequent developing interest in the subject as he discovered examples around the country including the Potteries and Coalbrookdale in Shropshire.

  This was reinforced when he moved to Nantwich and became interested in the salt industry and its local heritage. Graham is well known throughout the area where he gives talks to local groups and societies

 

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