Family Fun Day – interactive science for all at Nantwich Museum

Science is the order of the day at a drop-in anytime Family Fun Day at Nantwich Museum 10.30am – 3.30pm on Saturday 29 July 2017.

The quality of the water in rivers has an impact on humans and wildlife – good water quality makes for healthy people and a greater diversity of animals and plants.

The Museum is partnering with Keele University Sustainability Hub, supported by the Ogden Trust who sponsor projects supporting physical science teaching, to run drop-in ‘Eco Detectives’ sessions for families and small groups. The sessions will investigate the quality of the water in the River Weaver and involve a 10 min walk from the Museum to the riverside. Participants will take samples of river water, which they will analyse to determine pH and potential pollutant levels and consider their impact. Participants will be performing real-world, beneficial science experiments, the results of which will be included in a short scientific paper.

The process will be completed in about an hour. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Large groups should contact the Museum in advance.

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

“Drawn from the Weaver” exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum

Weir Nantwich by Pauline Leaver
Weir Nantwich by Pauline Leaver

Drawn from the Weaver – an exhibition by local artists Pamela Field, Pauline Leaver and Celia Rowlands is part of a visual exploration of the River Weaver from its source to entry into the Manchester Ship Canal running in the Your Space Gallery at Nantwich Museum from Wednesday 12 July to Saturday 9 September.

The main interest of Pamela Field is mutability, especially the erosion of seemingly solid or permanent features – the way rivers move earth which was once stone or trees to create fresh landscapes and opportunities for growth. It is the exposed tree roots along the Weaver’s banks which became the main focus for her work in the exhibition.

Roots 1 by Pamela Field
Roots 1 by Pamela Field

Pauline Leaver comments “on our visits to the Weaver I became interested in patterns made by the flow of water, and the effects of human intervention such as locks, weirs, sluices and bridges. In some of the pictures, I have been unable to resist the temptation of digital intervention. In others, I accepted that nature knows best and have displayed the original photograph.

Celia Rowlands work was inspired by the reflection in the water which she sought to reproduce in her oil paintings. Her smaller water colours and prints were inspired by looking at Google maps of the river winding through the countryside.

Pamela Field has worked as a designer/artist since leaving Hornsey College of Art [now Middlesex University] in 1971. Pauline Leaver and Celia Rowlands did Foundation courses at Northwich before gaining degrees at Camberwell in 1993, and Manchester in 1995, respectively. Since then the friends have taken time from their individual artistic pursuits to work together.

Drawn from the Weaver

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

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

Nantwich Museum Announces Summer Programme

Welsh Row Bridge Photo by Paul Topham

Nantwich Museum has announced the programme of events accompanying its major summer exhibition “River Weaver – a meander through time” which opens on Wednesday 12 July 2017 charting the story of how the river has shaped local history.

There are two themed events. On Saturday 22 July 2017 “What’s in the Water?” is a series of talks considering the river as a source of water, its quality and sewage treatment today. On Saturday 5 August 2017 “Wildlife and Aliens” considers the wildlife of the river including alien species. Both meetings run from 10.45am to 2.30pm with a break for lunch (not included). Tickets cost £5.00 (Museum Members £4.00) for the morning and afternoon sessions and £3.50 (Museum Members £2.50) for a single session (morning or afternoon).

On Thursday 31 August 2017 museum artist, Les Pickford, will give a talk at 3.00pm, “When Turner Came to Town” describing the visit of artist J M W Turner to Nantwich in 1801. Tickets cost £3.50 (Museum Members £2.50).

Interactive Science for all is the aim of the FREE Family Fun Day on Saturday 29 July 2017. Drop-in anytime between 10.30am and 3.30pm to investigate the quality of the River Weaver water. Participants will take samples of the river water to be analysed back at the museum. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Large groups are requested to contact the museum in advance. The event is run in collaboration with Keele University Sustainability Hub supported by The Ogden Trust.

Guided Riverside Walks taking about 1½ hours will be available on Saturday 15 July, Thursday 3 August and Saturday 12 August 2017. Meet at the museum at 10.30am. The cost is £3.00 per person.

The ever-popular summer Children’s Workshops will be themed on the river. Drop-in between 11.00am and 3.00pm Wednesday 9 and 23 and Thursday 10 and 24 August 2017. The cost is £2.00 per child who must be accompanied. Large groups are requested to book in advance.

Drawn from the Weaver”, an exhibition running concurrently in the museum’s Your Space gallery is part of a visual exploration by local artists Pamela Field, Pauline Leaver and Celia Rowlands of the River Weaver from its source to entry into the Manchester Ship Canal.

Entry to the museum and both exhibitions is free.

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

U3A Photography Exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum

Puffin with Sand eels

A new exhibition has opened in the Your Space Gallery at Nantwich Museum running until Saturday 8 July 2017. U3A Photography is an exhibition of the excellent work of the Crewe & Nantwich U3A Photography Group and an opportunity to be inspired by a wide range of subjects.

Snow Boat

The group meets regularly in order to share and hone their photographic skills and get the most out of taking photographs. There is a program of projects and occasional outings to guide and encourage members to take and improve their photographs.

Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.

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

Become a Dementia Friend through Nantwich Museum

Dementia logo 2017

A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway at Nantwich Museum as an extension of its Dementia Friendship Group. Museum Manager, Kate Dobson and a Dementia Friends Champion, is running a free one hour long ‘Dementia Friends’ Information Session at the Pillory Street museum at 11.00 am on Monday 12th June 2017, and is inviting local people to come along.

There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in England a figure set to rise to a million within 10 years. Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the country. Dementia Friends is an initiative led by Alzheimer’s Society to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion.

It’s all about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From getting in touch with someone you know living with dementia to wearing your badge with pride, every action counts. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition by establishing four million Dementia Friends with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community.

Anyone requiring further information or wishing to attend the Dementia Friends Session should contact us by email enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104.

Plant and Book Sale at Nantwich Museum

Plant sale at Nantwich museum

The ever popular Plant and Book Sale organised by Nantwich Museum Trust in aid of museum funds will take place at Nantwich Museum, Pillory Street on Saturday 3rd June 2017, between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm.

A wide selection of keenly priced plants and books will be available. It is an ideal opportunity to purchase unusual plants and select books for holiday reading.

The museum would appreciate any donations of books or plants for the event.

Whilst visiting the museum, why not also visit the shop and inspect its range of local history and other books including the ever increasing range of Research Booklets?

Museum exhibits at Salt Sunday 2017

Salt Sunday
Up until the early eighteenth century the inhabitants of Nantwich celebrated the gift of brine, upon which the prosperity of the town had been built over many years, with a thanksgiving hymn “Blessing the Brine”. That celebration continues today through “Salt Sunday”. The event is held at the Lion Salt Works near Northwich and involves salt related industries from the north west and the heritage industry. This year’s event included talks, music and drama as well as an exhibition and celebration which included “Blessing the Brine” from Nantwich.

The museum exhibit provided the opportunity to promote in particular the salt related aspects of the forthcoming exhibition “River Weaver – a meander through time”.