“Asian Serendipity” at Nantwich Museum

“Asian Serendipity” at Nantwich Museum

Asian Serendipity, an exhibition by Aneta Talbot in the Your Space Gallery at Nantwich Museum, features a myriad of selected images taken during recent travel across Asia focused on Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, India and Sri Lanka. The exhibition runs until Saturday 21 October.

Photographer Aneta Talbot, who now lives in Nantwich, spent nearly 20 years living in Singapore. During that time she travelled extensively across Asia exploring her passion for photographing the daily lives and rich variety of cultures of the region. This exhibition presents some of the best of her photographs.

Aside from gaining numerous photographic qualifications Aneta graduated from the Palin School of Arts and Design in Singapore with a Diploma plus distinction if Graphics and Design all of which culminated in the setting up of a successful events photography business. She was also involved in charity work in Cambodia with Tabitha, a non-profit organisation working to alleviate poverty in Cambodia.

Aneta’s photographs are all for sale, and a variety of prints are also available to browse in the museum shop. More on Aneta’s pictures can be seen on her website www.nessietalbotphotography.org or her Facebook page: Nessie Talbot Photography.

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

2017 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum

Grey Heron by Brian Sankey

The 2017 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition, featuring recent work from members of the popular and successful club opens in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum on Wednesday 13 September 2017 running until Saturday 11 November 2017. The annual event, which is always well received 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 includes lectures, demonstrations, practical events and competitions.

The first club exhibition was held in Nantwich Library in 1983 and the first exhibition at the Museum in 2002 celebrating the club’s 21st Anniversary.

Entry to the museum and exhibition is free.

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

River Weaver – Science and Art

Healthy and unhealthy Victorians

A series of talks accompanying the 2017 exhibition River Weaver – a meander through time enabled visitors to learn how the historical use of the river as both a source of water and for waste disposal, led eventually to the supply of clean water an efficient sewerage system.

Means of dealing with the primary pollutants of drinking water, colour, taste, odour and turbidity were considered together with the disposal of waste water, in a talk entitled Tap to Toilet and Beyond.

The River Weaver’s Water: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly provided the opportunity to learn about the chemistry of the river, Nantwich Lake and the brine spring at The Willows. Studies conducted by schoolchildren and other visitors indicated where the cleanest water can be found.

Wildlife and Aliens told the life story of the water vole and the challenges faced by wildlife on the Weaver, in particular from predation and habitat destruction. Visitors learnt how a number of “alien species” (invasive plants and animals introduced from other parts of the world) have detrimentally affected the waterway and its biodiversity.

A review of local geology provided the opportunity to consider the creation and wildlife of Wybunbury Moss, one of England’s most unusual National Nature Reserves.

The series concluded with a talk about the renowned artist JMW Turner, who visited Nantwich in 1801 and made a pencil sketch of the river and prominent buildings in the town in the picturesque style.

When Turner Came to Town

Welsh Row Bridge Photo by Paul Topham
Welsh Row Bridge by Paul Topham

The final talk in the series accompanying the Nantwich Museum exhibition River Weaver – a meander through time takes place at the museum at 3.00pm on Thursday 31 August. Museum artist, Les Pickford, will speak on When Turner Came to Town describing the visit of artist J M W Turner to Nantwich.

A copy of a sketch from J M W Turner’s “Chester Sketchbook” is featured in the exhibition depicting the artist’s view of Nantwich 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.

Booking is recommended. Tickets are available from the museum and cost
£3.50 (Museum Members £2.50).

Reflecting the significance of rivers to communities the exhibition, which runs in the Millennium Gallery until Saturday 9 September, charts the story of how the river has shaped local history.

Admission is free to the museum and exhibition.

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

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.