Mayor opens exhibition at Nantwich Museum

Cllr. Butterill second right with Cllr. Moran, Laura Smith MP and Nick Dyer, Chair of Nantwich Museum Trustees

Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Penny Butterill, opened the latest exhibition in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum, River Weaver – a meander through time which charts the story of the river and how it has shaped local history. Also attending were Mayor of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Arthur Moran and Laura Smith M P.

Nick Dyer, Chair of the museum trustees, who introduced the Mayor commented, “The museum is honoured that Cllr. Butterill has been able to come and open this fascinating exhibition. I am sure that Nantwich folk will be fascinated by the vital part that the River Weaver has played in moulding and influencing  the history and present of our town – not to mention the tales of drownings and other goings on”.

Exhibition events have included talks, a Family Fun Day, with still to come a riverside walk, a talk about the artist J M W Turner’s visit to the town and children’s workshops themed on the river.

Running concurrently in the Your Space Gallery is Drawn from the Weaver, an exhibition which is part of a visual exploration of the river by local artists Pamela Field, Pauline Leaver and Celia Rowlands.

Admission is free to the museum and exhibitions which run until Saturday 9 September 2017.

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

River Weaver – a Meander Through Time

Welsh Row Bridge Photo by Paul Topham

Our summer exhibition “River Weaver – A Meander Through Time” runs from Wednesday 12th July 2017 to Saturday 9th September 2017 in the Millennium Gallery.  It reflects the significance of rivers to local communities, and charts the story of how the river has shaped our history.

Historically, the River Weaver and its tributaries not only provided a water source and drainage, but also powered many mills. Brine springs associated with the river system were exploited, which ultimately led to a chemical industry of international significance.

An efficient infrastructure, the Weaver Navigation, was essential to the success of the salt industry. It was once described as: “the most perfect artificial cut navigation” and spawned a boat building industry whose products were distributed worldwide.

The famous Cheshire dairy industry benefited from the supply of salt whilst animal hides were processed by a tanning industry employing water from the river.

Inevitably, man’s activities have had an impact on water quality and wildlife, both of which are explored in detail. Historical and contemporary information is presented, showing how the environment has evolved over time.

Information is included about local projects underway to improve the situation in the Nantwich area.

There is art too. An audio-visual programme charts the course of the river and its moods. A copy of a sketch from J M W Turner’s “Chester Sketchbook” displayed depicting the artists view of the town in 1801. It has been licensed from Tate Britain thanks to generous donations from museum volunteers. The sketch is in the “Picturesque” style which grew in popularity through the eighteenth century.

Exhibition events include a Family Fun Day, Walks and Talks.

Research booklets published in support of museum funds document the results of tests of water quality conducted by local schools and the multitude of mills which operated on the river system at one time.

Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.

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

Skoolzfest 17 Artwork at Nantwich Museum

New Beginnings from Acton CE Primary Academy
New Beginnings from Acton CE Primary Academy

The artistic talents of local school children are displayed at Nantwich Museum in the fifth exhibition in the series of Skoolzfest’s. This year’s Skoolzfest 17 exhibition in the Millennium Gallery runs until Saturday 8th July 2017 taking the theme of ‘New Beginnings’. Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.

The exhibition features artwork from schools of the Nantwich Education Partnership. Describing itself as a ‘family’ it has worked collectively over the last ten years to improve the learning experience for children in the area.

The annual Fete and Skoolzfest will be held in Nantwich on Saturday, 1st July 2017. It is a collaboration between the Nantwich Education Partnership and St Mary’s Church working with the local community.

New Beginnings from Audlem St James Primary School
New Beginnings from Audlem St James Primary School

Skoolzfest celebrates the achievements and abilities of all the local children. There will be a covered stage in the Town Square for a wide range of musical performances including the Big Sing when a large number of children from different primary schools form a community choir. Other primary school singing and orchestral performances will fill the morning, whilst the afternoon sees the now traditional Battle of the Bands, when performers from the secondary schools take the stage in an X factor style competition. Last year the standard was so high that several performers were hired for other gigs!

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

Roman Treasures of Cheshire at Nantwich Museum

The Roman Treasures of Cheshire display at Nantwich Museum

An exhibition of two Roman hoards discovered in Cheshire has opened at Nantwich Museum and will run until Saturday 8 July. The coins and jewellery were buried for safe keeping nearly 2000 years ago but their owners never returned for them.

The Malpas Hoard consists of 35 coins struck before the conquest of Britain and possibly associated with the capture of Caratacus, leader of the Catuvallani tribe.

The Knutsford Hoard involves 103 coins, three brooches and two finger rings ranging in date from 32 BC to AD 200.

The hoards provide evidence of the way of life of local people in the early Roman period with possible links to the Cheshire salt fields and coastal trading centres.

The hoards were discovered by metal detectorists and have been on display at the British Museum. Congleton Museum and Liverpool Museum jointly purchased the hoards thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. After display in Nantwich they will return to Congleton Museum.

Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.

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?