Museum Friends and Volunteers recently enjoyed the Fifth Members & Volunteers Dinner held at Residence restaurant in Nantwich.
President of the museum, Robert Stones presented the Walter and Ada Dutton Prize to Molly Stone, a loyal supporter of the Museum over many years and one time Trustee. Molly has been closely involved in all aspects of the museum’s management and the governance of schools in Nantwich and Crewe.
The Dutton Prize, which includes a magnificent medal, was endowed by medal-maker Ron Dutton in memory of his parents Alderman and Mrs Dutton. Each year since 1990 the museum Board has been able to nominate for the prize unsung heroes regarded as making an extraordinary contribution to the life of the town.
The evening concluded with a talk by Martin Varley, Director of Conservation at Cheshire Wildlife Trust who outlined the work of the trust with particular reference to the reintroduction of the white-faced darter dragonfly into Delamere Forest.
The Museum has recently been assisting Boundless Productions with information about the Nantwich brine baths and, in particular the Brine Baths Hotel in preparation for a new television series of Great Railway Journeys. This culminated in an interview with Michael Portillo involving our Volunteer Webmaster Bill Pearson.
The hotel opened in 1893. Visitors were encouraged to arrive by train and a cart was available to transfer their luggage to the hotel. Despite being a major social centre it was never a commercial success and eventually closed in 1947. Today, only the Bowling Green survives as a testament to what was once a grand estate.
The 2017 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition has opened featuring recent work from members of the successful club. The ever popular annual event 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 include lectures, demonstrations, practical events and competitions.
The Museum Research Group is busy assembling information for a major exhibition focusing on the River Weaver and its tributaries in the Nantwich area.
The group would appreciate any reminiscences and photographs relating to the river. As well as the associated salt making industry, the local tanning industry would have required a supply of water. Nantwich Mill operated in one guise or another for centuries drawing its power from the Weaver. Does anyone have recollections or photographs of its various uses; it was used as a billiard hall for a time, or of its ultimate demise? Fishing is a popular local pastime and there must be many stories to be told.
Our photograph records a recent field trip by members of the Research Group following the headwaters of the river to its source by the Peckforton Hills.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the Museum.
Museum Friends and Volunteers recently enjoyed the Fourth Members Dinner held at Residence restaurant in Nantwich.
President of the museum, Robert Stones, presented the Walter and Ada Dutton Prize to Barrie Astbury, a Trustee of the museum and a stalwart supporter of its activities for many years. Barrie is associated with all aspects of life at the museum in particular its Education and Town Tours both of which help to fulfil the function of a community museum and support it financially. He has also been involved in numerous activities around the town.
The Dutton Prize, which includes a magnificent medal, was endowed by medal-maker Ron Dutton in memory of his parents Alderman and Mrs Dutton. Each year the museum Board is able to nominate for the prize unsung heroes regarded as making an extraordinary contribution to the life of the town.
David Maidment gave the after dinner talk entitled “From High Vis Jacket to Bowler Hat” outlining his career on the railways which included managing the Royal Train in this region. As well as making a major contribution to railway safety world wide taking it from a reactive to proactive culture his travels brought him face to face with the plight of the street children so often congregating at railway stations. This led to creation of “The Railway Children” charity which has helped thousands of children worldwide to be given back their childhood.
Nantwich Museum is on the look out for new volunteers. Over 50 volunteers currently help with all aspects of the museum’s activities including front of house services and the shop, administration of the collection, historical research, education including work with school groups, leading town tours, fundraising etc. – all essential for the smooth running of the museum.
Many hands make light work. If you can afford a little time and are interested in joining the team please contact the Museum to discuss the opportunities.
Nantwich Museum says ‘thank you’ to all those who so generously contributed to its recent flag day in the town. A total of £123.72 was collected in support of the Museum Trust. The museum is a registered charity serving the whole community. Admission is free and the money collected is vital in helping to keep the museum alive. Running costs are about £1000 a week, with only a proportion of the income provided by local councils. The balance must be found through donations and fund raising activities such as the flag day, the museum shop, town tours and educational activities.
During the flagday an Information Point in the Square provided details of museum activities and an opportunity to support its work by becoming a member of the Friends of Nantwich Museum.
The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm and there is access for the disabled.