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”.

Easter at Nantwich Museum

Part of the Celebration of William Shakespeare exhibition at Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Museum will be open as usual on Good Friday, 14th April and Saturday 15th April 2017.

On Easter Saturday and as part of the Nantwich Jazz Blues & Music Festival Tom Doughty, the accomplished lap steel acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter, will perform in the Millennium Gallery between 2.00 and 4.00 pm. Admission to the session is free.

Admission to the museum is also free and visitors will have the opportunity to visit the two temporary exhibitions ‘A Celebration of William Shakespeare’ by John Harrison and ‘Forlorn Fragments’ by Marguerite Turner as well as the permanent displays telling the story of the town and surrounding area.

The museum is closed on Easter Sunday and Monday.

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

A Celebration of William Shakespeare at Nantwich Museum

Othello oil on canvas

“A Celebration of William Shakespeare,” an exhibition by local artist John Harrison has opened in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum and runs until Saturday 3 June. The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 inspired several exhibitions in New York by John Harrison. This exhibition has been derived from these, together with additional material reflecting other periods of the artist’s life.

A life long love of Shakespeare inspired John Harrison to bring together all aspects of his artistry including paintings, box sculptures echoing passages of text and visual imagery. Several paintings are based upon John’s favourite play “The Tempest” and an exploration of “prosperos books”.

John Harrison is an English artist who has travelled widely and now lives in Nantwich. His paintings have been exhibited in South America, Europe and the USA. He has worked as an illustrator of books in watercolour and mixed media and as a photographer for organisations including Skillshare Africa. Working for UNICEF he established a centre of excellence in the visual arts in Mozambique.

Admission to the museum is free and the artwork is available for purchase

Easter Workshops

We will be having our Easter Workshops at Nantwich Museum on Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th April 2017
Easter Workshops
There will be:

  • Easter eggs
  • Spring animals
  • Easter cards
  • Quizzes
  • And more…

Drop in between 11am and 3pm.  The coast is just £2 per child.  All children must be accompanied.
Please can large groups book in advance?

Salt Sunday

Salt Sunday is a celebration of the natural resource of salt in Cheshire and how it strengthens links between communities and salt-related industries. This year activities were combined with the Family Day at Reaseheath College to show how salt and agriculture are related.

In the Salt Sunday tent there were presentations from Lion Salt Works, Nantwich Museum, Cogent Skills, Link up, Ineos, Mission in the Economy ICF and more.

The Museum's Salt stand at the event
The Museum’s Salt stand at the event

 

Alisa and John Booth performing the Blessing of the Brine for the first time
Alisa and John Booth performing the Blessing of the Brine for the first time

 

Up until the early eighteenth century on Ascension Day the inhabitants of Nantwich would decorate the Old Biot brine spring. Dressed in their gala clothes they would spend the day dancing, feasting and making merry around the spring. The celebrations included singing the hymn of thanksgiving ‘Blessing the Brine.’

Hear Alisa and John Booth performing the ‘Blessing of the Brine’ at https://youtu.be/upocyh0_FoA

 

 

For more information about Salt Sunday email: info@saltoftheearthnetwork.net.