Nantwich Museum acknowledges generous Rotary donation 

Rotary presentation 2017 ltor Nick Dyer Chair Nantwich Board of Trustees, Christine Crowe President Rotary Club of Nantwich and Kate Dobson Museum Manager

Nantwich Museum has acknowledged a generous donation of £1000 by the Rotary Club of Nantwich to assist with the running of the museum and its Dementia Friendship Group. Cheques were presented to Kate Dobson, Museum Manager by Christine Crowe, President of the Rotary Club of Nantwich.

The museum is an independent charitable trust. It costs about £1000 a week to run with only a proportion of its income provided by council funding. The balance must be found through donations and fund raising activities including the museum shop, town tours and educational activities.

The Dementia Friendship Group is open to anyone living with or caring for someone with dementia and meets on the first and/or third Monday of each month. The museum offers a comfortable and relaxed environment where people are free to come and go as they please. The sessions have a different theme each week and use objects from specially created reminiscence boxes and the museum’s collection. There is an opportunity to have a chat about the theme, sometimes an activity and always a cup of tea and chance to meet other people.

Museum Commemorates the Battle of Nantwich

Barbara and Janet on Holly Holy Day

Holly Holy Day, which celebrates the lifting of the 1643/44 siege through the Battle of Nantwich on 25 January 1644, was commemorated in the town on 28 January. It was a busy day for the museum, and we welcomed over 600 visitors.  They were able to take advantage of tours of the town, learn about muskets from members of the Sealed Knot and enjoy music from the time provided by local group Forlorne Hope.

As well as learning about the Civil War from the permanent display a temporary exhibition explained the events leading to the battle whilst the recently constructed large scale model of the battlefield was also on display together with a matchlock musket loaned by the Grosvenor Museum in Chester. The display was arranged by the museum’s Civil War Centre which is now offering later in the year an evening class led by Chairman, Dr Keith Lawrence and will be ideal for those wishing to learn more about the seventeenth century conflict.

The volunteer team did sterling work welcoming visitors and helping with their queries. Particular mention should be made of Barbara and Janet (pictured) who dressed for the occasion and braved the elements standing outside to invite visitors to join us.

The Road to the Battle of Nantwich exhibition, which examines the English Civil War and its commemoration, is at the museum until 25th February 2017.

Intrepid members of our Research Group, which is preparing for the Museum’s summer exhibition entitled “River Weaver: A Meander Through Time”, braved the damp weather to explore the river near Audlem today.

Due to the recent wet weather, water levels were high and the river was flowing quickly.

Accompanied by local residents, the group also visited the privately owned restored Hankelow Mill.

Support needed


Group enjoying a session about music through the ages at Nantwich Museum

Local people are being asked to come forward with ideas for a £400,000 community fund aimed at tackling health issues in their areas. This might include a single individual with an exciting idea to get people active where they live, to a local voluntary organisation experienced in providing support and advice to people to help them to eat healthily.

The money comes from the Council’s Public Health Service and is targeted at projects which will positively address health issues such as obesity, lack of physical fitness, and mental wellbeing on a very local level.

The initiative has been designed to maximise potential benefits by allowing local people to decide what will work for them in their area. This includes encouraging innovative projects which make the most of community links.

Final funding decisions are being made at events organised by Locality Networks and supported by staff in the Council’s Communities Service. These will provide a great opportunity for local people to choose which projects they feel will make the best difference to their local area, as everyone who attends will have a vote.

Our Project – Dementia Friendship Group: Phase Two

This project is to develop the Museum’s Dementia Friendship Group (established in 2013) into a second, more sustainable phase.

First we want to promote the group. We would print and distribute leaflets and buy a robust pull up banner that could be moved to various locations in Nantwich and Rural South to tell people about what we are doing.

Secondly and crucially it will focus on the development of the sessions themselves. It will, help staff and volunteers develop skills, enable us to try new ideas and celebrate the group; its value to the community and the skills and achievements of its members. Money will be spent on equipment (that can be reused or used for more than one purpose) and bringing in at least 3 external experts to lead a session and from whom we can learn from; key to ensuring that the project is sustainable.

To do this a year’s plan of activities will be developed that take their inspiration from exhibits, exhibitions and the heritage of Nantwich. It incorporates successful activities previously carried out as well as new ideas, notably working with external professionals. The culmination of this will be to put together our own mini exhibition. Photographs and information to be used for the exhibition will be collected throughout the year on a new ipad which can also be used to document the individual experiences of those attending.

We believe that the development of the group will allow us to:

  • Reduce social exclusion and feelings of isolation by making it easier to attend.
  • Increase physical comfort
  • Increase feelings of self worth and inclusion
  • Provide a supportive environment for carers
  • Increase sense of belonging to a community

We are requesting a total of £2,470.

Please vote for us

To register your vote (you must be over 12 years old) you need to turn up at Nantwich Civic Hall on Saturday 21st January, 2017. There will be an opportunity to listen to all of the presentations (which last just over an hour in total) and then vote for your favourite project(s).  It is crucial that you register before 10am, otherwise you can only listen to the presentations.

Please do come and support us if you can.  Please do contact us if you would like any further information.

Nantwich Museum Announces 2017 Exhibitions

Millennium Gallery, Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Museum has announced its 2017 programme of temporary exhibitions aimed at showcasing local talent and providing a varied programme of art and heritage events.

Running up to Saturday 21st January 2017, in the Millennium Gallery, are the concluding weeks of the 2016 Nantwich Camera Club exhibition of prints and projected images. Talking Pictures – an exhibition by Nicholas Ferenczy follows, including poetry readings and practical art workshops. At the end of March there is a Celebration of William Shakespeare by John Harrison. River Weaver – A Meander Through Time is the summer exhibition prepared by the museum’s Research Group, focussing particularly on the river around Nantwich. The 2017 Nantwich Camera Club exhibition opens in September and the year concludes with A Story to Tell by Kay Bayliss. The annual Skoolzfest exhibition is scheduled for the late Spring.

The opening exhibition in the Your Space Gallery is Road To The Battle Of Nantwich, leading to Civil War Tours of the town, a Musketry Demonstration and Music by Forlorne Hope on Holly Holy Day on Saturday 28th January 2017. At the end of February is Marguerite Turner’s exhibition Shared Space, followed in May by the annual Rotary Children’s Art competition. Crewe and Nantwich U3A Photography will exhibit their work from the end of May. Running concurrently with River Weaver – a Meander Through Time will be Drawn from the Weaver, artwork by Pamela Field inspired by the river.

Other events include occasional talks and children’s workshops. Entry to the museum and exhibitions is free but there are charges for some of the events. There is usually an opportunity to purchase work from the art exhibitions.  For dates see here.

Book Signing

Sue Church

As part of the Christmas 2016 celebrations at the museum which included a carol concert by the Wistaston Singers and the first ever Craftmas a book signing took place featuring the new book by Sue Church “Nantwich Tales – Stories of the town and its people”.

Book signing at Nantwich museum

Despite not claiming to be a comprehensive history the meticulous research around a myriad of the town’s past people and events paints a vivid picture of days gone by. As Sue notes in her introduction the book tells the story of “ordinary” people who were anything but ordinary with tales of murder and madness, accidents and fecklessness as well as tales of courage and generosity.


If you’ve not yet got a copy of this fascinating book, they are for sale in the museum shop.

Visit to John Rylands Library

Members of Nantwich museum's research group inside the John Rylands library

As part of a project looking at the history of St Mary’s Parish Church members of the museum’s Research Group recently visited the John Rylands Library in Manchester where many historical church documents are held.

A selection of documents were reviewed including a prayer book and psalter complete with medieval music lines in which was recorded in handwriting the early eighteenth century births to the Ellenthorpe family.

A further find was a ‘New’ map of Cheshire dated 1786.