About Nantwich Museum

The building was formerly Nantwich Public Library, which was built on the site of a jail.

The fascinating history of one of Cheshire’s most attractive and historic towns is brought to life by Nantwich Museum. Located in Pillory Street, at the heart of the town, the Museum has galleries telling the story of Nantwich through the ages: Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich’s Great Fire, the Civil War and Battle of Nantwich (1644), and the more recent clock making, shoe and clothing industries. There are also continually changing temporary exhibitions, as well as historic town walks, talks and other events. For a small Museum, there is a lot to see.

The Museum is a Registered Charity (No. 509386) and exists to tell the story of Nantwich’s rich history by collecting, safeguarding and making accessible local artefacts.

Accreditation

Nantwich Museum has achieved full accreditation under the Arts Council England scheme.  Accreditation is awarded for performance, achievement and improvement through effective planning, responsible collections management and active engagement with the community.

Charitable Status

The Museum is run as an independent charitable trust (charity no. 509386), by a board of management chaired by Nick Dyer, and is supported by members of the Friends of the Museum. Its aims are preserving local heritage and presenting this to community and wider public. The Museum strives to provide a centre for the inspiration, learning and enjoyment of all.

We receive grants from Nantwich Town Council and Cheshire East Council and raise over half of the money needed to run ourselves.

Visiting Nantwich Museum