Art in Action at Nantwich Museum

David Jewkes "A Life in Colour" Nantwich Museum

Art in Action is a painting demonstration by local artist David Jewkes forming part of his successful exhibition, A Life in Colour running in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum until Saturday 14 July 2018.

From 10.30 am – 4.30 pm on Tuesday 29 May 2018 David will be in the gallery working on one of his latest acrylic paintings. Visitors are encouraged to chat with him about his work and current projects, whilst aspiring painters are welcome to seek advice on how to begin.

Entry to the museum, exhibition and demonstration is free.

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104

Nantwich Museum Welcomes New Museum Manager

Elliot Goodger Nantwich Museum temporary Museum Manager

Elliot Goodger has been welcomed by the Nantwich Museum Trustees to the post of Museum Manager, providing temporary cover as existing Manager, Kate Dobson, takes maternity leave.

Elliot, from Rednal, Birmingham is a graduate of the University of Leicester, Aston University and Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham. He has a wide experience in both the heritage industry and commerce and was a one time proprietor of RetroRecord.co.uk. Amongst a number of roles he was a representative for the Museum Association in the West Midlands and a trustee of the Norton Collection Museum in Bromsgrove. Most recently he worked in Greece in International Museums development on behalf of the British Council.

Commenting on the appointment, Chair of the Trustees, Nick Dyer, observed how valuable to the museum will be Elliot’s wide experience of the heritage industry and management expertise, in particular his enthusiasm for seeking new funding opportunities.

Elliot commented “I welcome the challenge provided by my new role, am inspired by the hard work and dedication displayed by the volunteers at the museum and look forward to promoting in the museum greater diversity with the aim of reaching out to more diverse audiences.”

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104.

“A Life in Colour” exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum

Flower Power by David Jewkes

An exhibition acknowledging that life is a game of chances has opened in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum.  A Life in Colour  by local artist David Jewkes will run until Saturday 14 July 2018.

David comments “This exhibition represents all that I love about life and painting and a reflection of my interesting life”. He often paints carousels because he sees life as one big merry-go-round. Over the years, anti-war themes have been replaced by softer subjects such as fairgrounds, although they still acknowledge the theme that life is a game of chances.

Aged 19 and a senior aircraftman with the Royal Air Force, David was sent to the Falkland Islands to repair the damage inflicted by the 1982 conflict. Whilst there, clearing landmines, he witnessed the scars of war which were to leave him with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He promised himself that if he survived his six-month tour of duty in the south Atlantic he would go to art school.

Carousel by David Jewkes

On returning from the Falklands he gained a place at Winchester School of Fine Art where he achieved a 2.1 BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting). Then followed a scholarship at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London, whereupon he was asked by renowned Scottish war artist, Peter Howson, to be his studio assistant. David now lives quietly in Haslington, with his wife Louise and their children.

Entry to the museum and exhibition is free and the paintings are available for sale.

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104

Railway Sign Returns Home

Nantwich Market Drayton Railway Junction Board at Nantwich Museum
The Nantwich Market Drayton Junction sign from the signal box which used to control that railway junction has returned to Nantwich after almost 50 years and is now displayed at the museum. Donated to the museum by Jeremy Nicholls, whose family have cared for the sign for the last 48 years it features cast iron letters on a wooden background and has been restored to its original LNWR colours.

It was early in 1969, when the 15 years old Jeremy woke one Sunday
morning to see a demolition gang dismantling the signal box. It had become
redundant when the line to Market Drayton and Wellington closed in May
1967. As a standard LNWR cabin, it was constructed of wood on a brick base
and the demolition of the superstructure did not take long.  Jeremy asked the foreman if he could have one of the name boards and was told “yes, if he
could carry it off". A friend helped him carry the board the few hundred yards to his home.
Nantwich Market Drayton Junction signal box during demolition. Spring 1969
Jeremy had the board restored four years ago and says "I'm delighted that it’s now back in Nantwich, where it belongs and that, thanks to the museum, others will be able to see the sign and perhaps learn something of Nantwich’s railway past”.

A Research Booklet Nantwich Railways written by Jeremy Nicholls is
available from the museum shop. Its describes how the Nantwich Market
Drayton Junction signal box was located about 100 metres west of the bridge
over the River Weaver where the Wellington line parted from the Shrewsbury line. It was the most complex of the signal boxes at Nantwich having contact with those at Wrenbury, Shrewbridge Road Crossing and Hack Green.

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on  enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104.

Nantwich Civic Society at 50 exhibition


The Nantwich Civic Society at 50 exhibition was formally opened on 21 November 2017 by Cllr. Rachel Bailey, Leader of Cheshire East Council supported by the Mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr Arthur Moran and Mayor of Nantwich Town Council, Cllr. Penny Butterill and their respective consorts.
Nick Dyer, Chair of the museum’s Board of Management welcomed visitors representing numerous local groups and introduced Jeff Stubbs, Chair of Nantwich Civic Society. Jeff extolled the virtues of the town and the valuable contribution made by so many, especially the original members of the Society in the 1960s and 70s for making Conservation of the town a vital, new movement – thus making it such a special place. He noted how, during the last 50 years the town has lost buildings of historic and architectural importance but many have been retained. One aim of the exhibition is to stimulate thoughts about modern architecture and how future buildings in the town might be designed.
The exhibition runs until Saturday 20 January 2018.

Kaleidoscope 3, an exhibition of paintings by Gordon Lancaster opens at Nantwich Museum

Betley Scene

Kaleidoscope 3 is a collection of recent work by local artist Gordon Lancaster building upon the success of two earlier exhibitions at Nantwich Museum. A variety of subjects are featured selected to appeal to a wide audience.

Gordon Lancaster has participated in over 90 exhibitions including one-man shows. His work has been commissioned by, among others Coventry Cathedral and a number of Local Authorities and can be found in public and private collections in this country and abroad.

Some of the paintings in the exhibition will be available for sale.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 6 January 2018. Entry to the museum and exhibition is free.

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104.

“Asian Serendipity” at Nantwich Museum

“Asian Serendipity” at Nantwich Museum

Asian Serendipity, an exhibition by Aneta Talbot in the Your Space Gallery at Nantwich Museum, features a myriad of selected images taken during recent travel across Asia focused on Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, India and Sri Lanka. The exhibition runs until Saturday 21 October.

Photographer Aneta Talbot, who now lives in Nantwich, spent nearly 20 years living in Singapore. During that time she travelled extensively across Asia exploring her passion for photographing the daily lives and rich variety of cultures of the region. This exhibition presents some of the best of her photographs.

Aside from gaining numerous photographic qualifications Aneta graduated from the Palin School of Arts and Design in Singapore with a Diploma plus distinction if Graphics and Design all of which culminated in the setting up of a successful events photography business. She was also involved in charity work in Cambodia with Tabitha, a non-profit organisation working to alleviate poverty in Cambodia.

Aneta’s photographs are all for sale, and a variety of prints are also available to browse in the museum shop. More on Aneta’s pictures can be seen on her website www.nessietalbotphotography.org or her Facebook page: Nessie Talbot Photography.

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104

2017 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum

Grey Heron by Brian Sankey

The 2017 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition, featuring recent work from members of the popular and successful club opens in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum on Wednesday 13 September 2017 running until Saturday 11 November 2017. The annual event, which is always well received includes print and projected images with a wide range of truly inspiring subjects. A number of the prints will be available for sale and visitors will be invited to choose 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 in 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.

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104