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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

River Weaver – Science and Art

Healthy and unhealthy Victorians

A series of talks accompanying the 2017 exhibition River Weaver – a meander through time enabled visitors to learn how the historical use of the river as both a source of water and for waste disposal, led eventually to the supply of clean water an efficient sewerage system.

Means of dealing with the primary pollutants of drinking water, colour, taste, odour and turbidity were considered together with the disposal of waste water, in a talk entitled Tap to Toilet and Beyond.

The River Weaver’s Water: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly provided the opportunity to learn about the chemistry of the river, Nantwich Lake and the brine spring at The Willows. Studies conducted by schoolchildren and other visitors indicated where the cleanest water can be found.

Wildlife and Aliens told the life story of the water vole and the challenges faced by wildlife on the Weaver, in particular from predation and habitat destruction. Visitors learnt how a number of “alien species” (invasive plants and animals introduced from other parts of the world) have detrimentally affected the waterway and its biodiversity.

A review of local geology provided the opportunity to consider the creation and wildlife of Wybunbury Moss, one of England’s most unusual National Nature Reserves.

The series concluded with a talk about the renowned artist JMW Turner, who visited Nantwich in 1801 and made a pencil sketch of the river and prominent buildings in the town in the picturesque style.

When Turner Came to Town

Welsh Row Bridge Photo by Paul Topham
Welsh Row Bridge by Paul Topham

The final talk in the series accompanying the Nantwich Museum exhibition River Weaver – a meander through time takes place at the museum at 3.00pm on Thursday 31 August. Museum artist, Les Pickford, will speak on When Turner Came to Town describing the visit of artist J M W Turner to Nantwich.

A copy of a sketch from J M W Turner’s “Chester Sketchbook” is featured in the exhibition depicting the artist’s view of Nantwich in 1801. It has been licensed from Tate Britain thanks to generous donations from museum volunteers. The sketch is in the “Picturesque” style which grew in popularity through the eighteenth century.

Booking is recommended. Tickets are available from the museum and cost
£3.50 (Museum Members £2.50).

Reflecting the significance of rivers to communities the exhibition, which runs in the Millennium Gallery until Saturday 9 September, charts the story of how the river has shaped local history.

Admission is free to the museum and exhibition.

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

Mayor opens exhibition at Nantwich Museum

Cllr. Butterill second right with Cllr. Moran, Laura Smith MP and Nick Dyer, Chair of Nantwich Museum Trustees

Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Penny Butterill, opened the latest exhibition in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum, River Weaver – a meander through time which charts the story of the river and how it has shaped local history. Also attending were Mayor of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Arthur Moran and Laura Smith M P.

Nick Dyer, Chair of the museum trustees, who introduced the Mayor commented, “The museum is honoured that Cllr. Butterill has been able to come and open this fascinating exhibition. I am sure that Nantwich folk will be fascinated by the vital part that the River Weaver has played in moulding and influencing  the history and present of our town – not to mention the tales of drownings and other goings on”.

Exhibition events have included talks, a Family Fun Day, with still to come a riverside walk, a talk about the artist J M W Turner’s visit to the town and children’s workshops themed on the river.

Running concurrently in the Your Space Gallery is Drawn from the Weaver, an exhibition which is part of a visual exploration of the river by local artists Pamela Field, Pauline Leaver and Celia Rowlands.

Admission is free to the museum and exhibitions which run until Saturday 9 September 2017.

For further information contact us on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104