Volunteering at Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Museum Sign

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’

Nantwich Museum says thank you

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.

360 Year Old Journal Displayed at Nantwich Museum

Thomas Malbon journal in Nnatwich museum

Visitors to Nantwich Museum have a rare opportunity to view a 360 year old journal of events in and around the town during the English Civil War.

The author was Thomas Malbon, a lawyer and sometime Registrar and Churchwarden, who lived in Welsh Row. The 49-page journal records events between the years 1642-1648 in handwriting identical to that found in the Parish Register, Registrar’s records and other official papers of the time. It is signed: “Thomas Malbon oweth (i.e. owneth) this book” and provides a careful consecutive narrative of the war as seen by someone living in a Parliamentary garrison town.

Through time the journal was preserved amongst the Cowper manuscript collection in the library of Reginald Cholmondeley of Condover Hall. It was recently located by the museum’s Research Group in the Cheshire Record Office which kindly loaned it for display during the ‘Nantwich Besieged’ exhibition.

The acclaimed exhibition tells the story of life in and around the town during the time of the war and has been hailed for its scholarship which seems to have accurately captured the times. Other notable features of the exhibition include a mural depicting the scene in the town as the siege at the end of 1643 became inevitable, a narrative featuring four fictitious characters commenting on their experiences at the time and a model illustrating the Battle of Nantwich which relieved the siege on 25 January 1644.

There is something for everyone with a variety of activities available during the exhibition including colouring, handwriting and dressing up for children whilst a series of talks consider various aspects of the time including coin hoards, the life of Sir William Brereton and stained glass.

Admission is free and the exhibition ends on Saturday 17th September 2016.

Battlefield Walk

Battlefield Walk
A sharp wind blew for the Battlefield Walk led by Julian Humphrys of the Battlefields Trust which was reminiscent of the January day in 1644 when the Battle of Nantwich took place. The walk began in the churchyard at Acton where Julian introduced the background to the conflict before moving down to the battlefield itself. Participants were able to appreciate the advance of the Parliamentarian troops across the fields towards Nantwich where they were intercepted by the Royalists who almost took the day.

The walk concluded with a visit to Acton Church for tea and magnificent cakes and a surprise invitation to climb the tower and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside including the battlefield. Our thanks are due to Mr and Mrs Percival at the church for their generous hospitality.

The day concluded at the Museum with a more wide ranging talk by Julian Humphrys on the Civil War conflict and the Battle of Nantwich.

Nantwich Museum Extends Range of History Booklets

New additions to the Nantwich Museum range of historical booklets

The range of booklets launched in March detailing various aspects of local history has been extended through the addition of four new titles: “The Canal at Nantwich,” Joseph Priestley, “Discoverer of Oxygen,” “Reverend Joseph Partridge on the Great Siege of Nantwich” and “John Weld Platt on the Siege of Nantwich.” The booklets have been prepared by Nantwich Museum’s volunteer Research Group in order to bring to the widest possible audience various aspects of the town’s rich history.

The abstracts from Partridge’s and Weld’s books are particularly timely appearing as the “Nantwich Besieged” exhibition opens on 21 July. The exhibition is accompanied by a Battlefield Walk and other walks and a series of talks considering various people and events of the time. Full details can be found on the museum’s website.

The booklets can be purchased from the museum shop at £2.95 each the entire proceeds going to support museum funds.

Nantwich Museum at the 2016 Societies Spectacular event

Nantwich Museum at the Societies Spectacular event organised by Nantwich Town Council

The museum was pleased to participate in the 2016 Societies Spectacular event organised by Nantwich Town Council. It provided the ideal opportunity to promote the museum to the community and network with other local organisations. Despite rain at times considerable interest was shown in what the museum has to offer.

As well as promoting the museum in general information was distributed concerning becoming a Member of the Museum Trust, voluteering opportunities to help in the running of the museum, the opportunities for leaving a legacy in support of the museum and community services such as Children’s Workshops and the Dementia Friendship Group. It was also an opportunity to promote the major summer exhibition “Nantwich Besieged” which opens on 21 July 2016 and its accompanying activities including a Battlefield Walk and talks on a number of topics relating to life in the locality during the time of the Civil War.

Bright Warm Welcome at Nantwich Museum

The newly lit shop display at Nantwich Museum
The newly lit shop display at Nantwich Museum

Regular visitors to Nantwich Museum will have been immediately impressed by the new enhanced lighting in the foyer. LED lights have now been installed throughout the museum greatly enhancing the display of artefacts and exhibitions so improving the visitor experience.

The project, which included upgrading the shop display lighting and heating system, also aimed to reduce energy use making for all important reductions in museum running costs. It was just one part of the museum’s ongoing efforts to achieve a greener museum with all the savings that entails.

Museum Manager, Denise Courcoux, who oversaw the installation observed that: “Such is the success of the project that we now have better lighting which is more economical to run and, most importantly, achieves a significant reduction in ultra violet light compared with the old halogen lighting which helps to preserve our valuable artefacts.” She welcomed the improved visitor experience afforded by the upgrades and especially the prospect of economies offered by the more efficient technology.

The project was made possible through generous grants from Nantwich Town Council, Cheshire East Council and WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund.

Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager for Cheshire, says: “It’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to all visitors to the museum. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

Afternoon Tea in the Garden

Afternoon Tea in the Garden

The onset of steady rain could do nothing to dampen the success of the recent “Afternoon Tea in the Garden” event generously hosted by Deana and Gerald Emerton at Glebe House in Acton.

The true British spirit prevailed and remained undaunted in the face of the June weather as visitors enjoyed walks in the splendid and most beautiful garden and grounds, a raffle, plant and ‘bring and buy’ stalls as well as the opportunity to view part of the acclaimed collection of coaches which would have brought back memories for many of us. The tea, which had to be taken indoors, involved an amazing spread of home cooked food a great credit to all who contributed.

Our thanks are due to Deana and Gerald, members of the Inner Wheel, and all the museum volunteers who helped to make the event such a success. In all a massive £1215.00 was raised for museum funds.