Mayor reflects on “Little Gem”.

Guests at the 40th Anniversary Reception
Guests at the 40th Anniversary Reception

Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr. Arthur Moran, reflected on the “little gem” which is Nantwich Museum at a reception for stakeholders and other guests celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Museum. Nick Dyer, Chair of the Museum Board of Trustees welcomed guests and observed how far the organisation had come in 40 years. He outlined several special events to mark the anniversary including a 1980s Collection Day, summer exhibition aimed at showcasing the work of the Museum, and a special lecture: “Josiah Wedgwood – Potter, Pioneer and Philanthropist”. He paid tribute to Cheshire East Council and Nantwich Town Council for their support of the independent charitable trust without which its continued existence would be in jeopardy.

Cllr. Moran recalled campaigns to secure a copy of the Fairfax letter dating from the Civil War and the Benjamin Killingbeck painting of “Mr Walsh’s Perdita” at Nantwich Racecourse. He thanked the museum for helping to make Nantwich such a vibrant market town reassuring it of the continued support of the Town Council. He looked forward to the next 40 years.

The reception continued with an illustrated talk by museum volunteer and former Chairman, Andrew Lamberton, about “The Lost Houses of Nantwich”, the subject of the second edition of his recently published and enhanced popular book. Copies of the book are available from the Museum shop.

Museum Manager, Kate Dobson, gave the vote of thanks and, by citing some current projects, highlighted her view of the Museum as a vibrant community hub. She noted the need to respond to the requirements of the community concluding: “we need you, our supporters, to continue the journey with us by being our advocates and friends and to make sure that we remain a valuable resource for the community”.

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