The Nantwich Civic Society at 50 exhibition was formally opened on 21 November 2017 by Cllr. Rachel Bailey, Leader of Cheshire East Council supported by the Mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr Arthur Moran and Mayor of Nantwich Town Council, Cllr. Penny Butterill and their respective consorts.
Nick Dyer, Chair of the museum’s Board of Management welcomed visitors representing numerous local groups and introduced Jeff Stubbs, Chair of Nantwich Civic Society. Jeff extolled the virtues of the town and the valuable contribution made by so many, especially the original members of the Society in the 1960s and 70s for making Conservation of the town a vital, new movement – thus making it such a special place. He noted how, during the last 50 years the town has lost buildings of historic and architectural importance but many have been retained. One aim of the exhibition is to stimulate thoughts about modern architecture and how future buildings in the town might be designed.
The exhibition runs until Saturday 20 January 2018.
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Kaleidoscope 3 is a collection of recent work by local artist Gordon Lancaster building upon the success of two earlier exhibitions at Nantwich Museum. A variety of subjects are featured selected to appeal to a wide audience.
Gordon Lancaster has participated in over 90 exhibitions including one-man shows. His work has been commissioned by, among others Coventry Cathedral and a number of Local Authorities and can be found in public and private collections in this country and abroad.
Some of the paintings in the exhibition will be available for sale.
The exhibition runs until Saturday 6 January 2018. Entry to the museum and exhibition is free.
Museum Friends and Volunteers recently enjoyed the Fifth Members & Volunteers Dinner held at Residence restaurant in Nantwich.
President of the museum, Robert Stones presented the Walter and Ada Dutton Prize to Molly Stone, a loyal supporter of the Museum over many years and one time Trustee. Molly has been closely involved in all aspects of the museum’s management and the governance of schools in Nantwich and Crewe.
The Dutton Prize, which includes a magnificent medal, was endowed by medal-maker Ron Dutton in memory of his parents Alderman and Mrs Dutton. Each year since 1990 the museum Board has been able to nominate for the prize unsung heroes regarded as making an extraordinary contribution to the life of the town.
The evening concluded with a talk by Martin Varley, Director of Conservation at Cheshire Wildlife Trust who outlined the work of the trust with particular reference to the reintroduction of the white-faced darter dragonfly into Delamere Forest.
The Museum has recently been assisting Boundless Productions with information about the Nantwich brine baths and, in particular the Brine Baths Hotel in preparation for a new television series of Great Railway Journeys. This culminated in an interview with Michael Portillo involving our Volunteer Webmaster Bill Pearson.
The hotel opened in 1893. Visitors were encouraged to arrive by train and a cart was available to transfer their luggage to the hotel. Despite being a major social centre it was never a commercial success and eventually closed in 1947. Today, only the Bowling Green survives as a testament to what was once a grand estate.