Events Coming Up In The Next Month

Friday 25th May 10:30-12:30pm Coffee Morning
Tuesday 29th May 10:30-4:30pm David Jewkes FREE Painting Demo
Wednesday 30th May 11-3pm Half Term Crafts and Quizzes Workshops (only £2 per child)
Thursday 31st May 11-3pm Half Term Crafts and Quizzes Workshops (only £2 per child)
Tuesday 5th June Simon Bowler Nantwich Buildings Exhibition Opens (running until 21st July)
Thursday 7th June  4-6pm     Back to the Future Project with Redshift Radio – 60s vinyl records, retro board games, handling objects. Intergenerational activities to bring under 25s and over 70s together.
Saturday 9th June 10:30-12:30pm Plant & Book Sale
Saturday 16th June 10:30-11:30pm Tour of the Town £3 (Please Book Ahead)
Friday 29th June 10:30- 12:30pm EqualiTea and Cakes Coffee Morning to celebrate 100 years since the 1918 Representation of the People Act
Saturday 23rd June 10:30-12pm Nantwich Pubs Book Launch and Authors Signing

Please call 01270 627104 for more information or email

Art in Action at Nantwich Museum

David Jewkes "A Life in Colour" Nantwich Museum

Art in Action is a painting demonstration by local artist David Jewkes forming part of his successful exhibition, A Life in Colour running in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum until Saturday 14 July 2018.

From 10.30 am – 4.30 pm on Tuesday 29 May 2018 David will be in the gallery working on one of his latest acrylic paintings. Visitors are encouraged to chat with him about his work and current projects, whilst aspiring painters are welcome to seek advice on how to begin.

Entry to the museum, exhibition and demonstration is free.

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on or telephone 01270 627104

Nantwich Museum Welcomes New Museum Manager

Elliot Goodger Nantwich Museum temporary Museum Manager

Elliot Goodger has been welcomed by the Nantwich Museum Trustees to the post of Museum Manager, providing temporary cover as existing Manager, Kate Dobson, takes maternity leave.

Elliot, from Rednal, Birmingham is a graduate of the University of Leicester, Aston University and Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham. He has a wide experience in both the heritage industry and commerce and was a one time proprietor of Amongst a number of roles he was a representative for the Museum Association in the West Midlands and a trustee of the Norton Collection Museum in Bromsgrove. Most recently he worked in Greece in International Museums development on behalf of the British Council.

Commenting on the appointment, Chair of the Trustees, Nick Dyer, observed how valuable to the museum will be Elliot’s wide experience of the heritage industry and management expertise, in particular his enthusiasm for seeking new funding opportunities.

Elliot commented “I welcome the challenge provided by my new role, am inspired by the hard work and dedication displayed by the volunteers at the museum and look forward to promoting in the museum greater diversity with the aim of reaching out to more diverse audiences.”

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on or telephone 01270 627104.

“A Life in Colour” exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum

Flower Power by David Jewkes

An exhibition acknowledging that life is a game of chances has opened in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum.  A Life in Colour  by local artist David Jewkes will run until Saturday 14 July 2018.

David comments “This exhibition represents all that I love about life and painting and a reflection of my interesting life”. He often paints carousels because he sees life as one big merry-go-round. Over the years, anti-war themes have been replaced by softer subjects such as fairgrounds, although they still acknowledge the theme that life is a game of chances.

Aged 19 and a senior aircraftman with the Royal Air Force, David was sent to the Falkland Islands to repair the damage inflicted by the 1982 conflict. Whilst there, clearing landmines, he witnessed the scars of war which were to leave him with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He promised himself that if he survived his six-month tour of duty in the south Atlantic he would go to art school.

Carousel by David Jewkes

On returning from the Falklands he gained a place at Winchester School of Fine Art where he achieved a 2.1 BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting). Then followed a scholarship at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London, whereupon he was asked by renowned Scottish war artist, Peter Howson, to be his studio assistant. David now lives quietly in Haslington, with his wife Louise and their children.

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

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on or telephone 01270 627104

New Volunteering Opportunity – Publicity Officer

Role Description: Publicity Officer, Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Museum is a local, community organisation and charity. In addition to a our permanent exhibitions that reflect the rich history of this market town, a wealth of other activities also take place including temporary exhibitions, workshops, talks and events.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with promoting the Museum and sharing our events and news with the wider public.

We are looking for someone with an enthusiasm and interest in local history, as well as a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, in addition to excellent writing and communication skills.

Our main objectives are to:

  • Develop and maintain a positive public profile.
  • Publicise Museum activities.


Printed media, news and information websites, local broadcast media and other influencers. Social media excluded.

Key Tasks

  • Development of press releases in collaboration with Museum staff, volunteers and exhibitors.
  • Distribution of press releases.
  • Development other promotional material, posters, flyers etc. in collaboration with Museum staff, volunteers and exhibitors.
  • Distribution of other promotional material.
  • Co-ordination of collection and presentation of illustrative material.
  • To adhere to the policies and procedures held by the Museum.

We Can Offer You:

  • A unique working environment.
  • Interesting and diverse work.
  • Valuable work experience.
  • The opportunity to use your skills or develop new ones.
  • The opportunity to meet new people who share your interests.
  • Support for this role will be provided.

Please email if you are interested in this role.



Can You Help Us?

The Museum has a collection of whitesmith’s tools, used for forging objects out of tin, pewter and other light metals. Tin ware was being produced from early in the seventeenth century and in Cheshire there were whitesmiths/tinsmiths in Crewe, Weaverham and doubtless elsewhere. Between 1835 and 1883 there were up to six braziers, tinplate workers and whitesmiths working in Nantwich. They would have made a variety of everyday objects including cutlery, candle holders and water pitchers.

Unfortunately, the Museum has no record of who donated the tools or where they were used and is seeking any information about them, local families or businesses who were involved in the trade.

Anyone with information is requested to contact: Nantwich Museum on or telephone 01270 627104



Great British Railway Journeys visit Nantwich

On Wednesday 17th January 2018, at 18:30 on BBC TWO, Michael Portillo visited Nantwich – as part of the Great British Railways Journeys television series.

The current series (Series 9) is set in the Edwardian period and Michael’s visit to Nantwich will see him look at the history of the Brine Baths Hotel.  Bill Pearson, a volunteer at Nantwich Museum, talks to him about Nantwich salt and tells  him about treatments at the Brine Baths hotel.

Before becoming a hotel, the building was Shrewbridge Hall, where the famous Nantwich cricketer A. N. Hornby (also known as Monkey Hornby) learned to play cricket. Monkey Hornby was one of only two people to captain the country at both rugby and cricket. He is remembered as the England cricket captain whose side lost the Test match – which gave rise to the Ashes, at home against the Australians in 1882.

The hotel was a major centre for society events, and hosted major events like the Cheshire Agricultural Show, hunt balls, and meetings of newly formed motoring clubs.

The Brine Baths Hotel also specialised in treating patients in its “well-appointed suite of brine and medicinal baths”. The hotel claimed “the strongest saline baths in the world” and were said to help gout, sciatica and rheumatism amongst other ailments. The brine was so strong that patients had to be strapped in the brine to avoid them floating! During treatments chemicals were added and the brine would fizz.

Visitors for the brine treatments included football clubs, such as Stoke City. The hotel had a resident nurse – called Nurse Coffin! In Nantwich Museum’s archives, reports were found of a gentleman who arrived at the hotel in a wheelchair, but was able to walk out of the hotel after treatment.

The hotel closed in 1947 and became a convalescent home for miners a year later. It closed after four years and was put up for sale. When no buyer could be found, it was demolished in 1959.

Michael Portillo was given a guided tour through Nantwich, including a visit to the Old Biot. Michael also visited Nantwich Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre, where he swims in Nantwich brine in the outdoor pool as well as interview bathers and staff at the pool.

Nantwich Museum has booklets on Nantwich Railways, The Story of Nantwich Brine and A. N. Hornby.  More information about the Brine Baths Hotel can be found on the museum’s web site, which provides information on some of the historic buildings (past and present) in Nantwich.