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.
For the first time ever, all 14 of the Nantwich Primary Schools are participating in the Rotary Club of Nantwich Primary School Art and Handwriting Competition. For the fourth year running, Edward Timpson MP will be presenting the prizes, worth £850, in the Nantwich Museum at 11.00 a.m. on May 13 2017.
The Judges for the competition – local artist and architect Martin Greenwood and Brine Leas School art teacher, Claire Somerville, will have the difficult job of choosing the individual winners. Due to last year’s amazing response, the handwriting competition will be run again and will be judged by Frances Passmore.
The theme for the competition is simply “The Great British Countryside”.
Building on the success of previous years, the format is as follows:
Art and handwriting entries will be judged in two groups: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Four prizes of £50 each in the form of gift vouchers plus ‘gold’ medals will be awarded to the children entering the item of artwork and the item of handwriting judged to be the best in each Key Stage group
Sixteen prizes of £25 in the form of gift vouchers plus ‘silver’ medals will be awarded to the children judged to be runners up for artwork and handwriting in each Key Stage group
To reflect the importance of Nantwich Rotary Club’s commitment to the development of art and good handwriting in our local schools, a further £250 prize and trophy will also be awarded to the school judged to have the highest overall standard of entries. The money is to be used to further enhance the school’s facilities.
Nantwich Rotary Club would like to thank their generous sponsors – the William Hodgkin Trust, Morrisons (Nantwich) and Nantwich Hearing Centre.
Many of the works of art will be displayed in the Nantwich Museum from 10th to 27th May 2017.
“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
Forlorn Fragments, an art exhibition by Marguerite Turner, focusses on heritage remains in the UK and abroad and runs in the Your Space Gallery at Nantwich Museum until Saturday 6th May 2017. For Marguerite the attraction of historic ruins is their wonderful stonework, intriguing angles and the way light falls, as well as their associations with the past. The castles, churches and prehistoric stones were all erected with a deep belief in their endurance, and their current ruined forms are a testimony to mans confidence in the order of things; their present state a reminder of hubris.
Marguerite has had a life long interest in ruins. As a child she was taken by her father to visit ruined castles which engendered in her a great love of historic sites. Having been trained in art, with Michael Craig-Martin one of her tutors, she has continued to sketch and paint whenever time allowed.
Admission to the museum and exhibition is free, and the artwork is available to buy.
Nantwich Museum has acknowledged a generous donation of £1000 by the Rotary Club of Nantwich to assist with the running of the museum and its Dementia Friendship Group. Cheques were presented to Kate Dobson, Museum Manager by Christine Crowe, President of the Rotary Club of Nantwich.
The museum is an independent charitable trust. It costs about £1000 a week to run with only a proportion of its income provided by council funding. The balance must be found through donations and fund raising activities including the museum shop, town tours and educational activities.
The Dementia Friendship Group is open to anyone living with or caring for someone with dementia and meets on the first and/or third Monday of each month. The museum offers a comfortable and relaxed environment where people are free to come and go as they please. The sessions have a different theme each week and use objects from specially created reminiscence boxes and the museum’s collection. There is an opportunity to have a chat about the theme, sometimes an activity and always a cup of tea and chance to meet other people.
Holly Holy Day, which celebrates the lifting of the 1643/44 siege through the Battle of Nantwich on 25 January 1644, was commemorated in the town on 28 January. It was a busy day for the museum, and we welcomed over 600 visitors. They were able to take advantage of tours of the town, learn about muskets from members of the Sealed Knot and enjoy music from the time provided by local group Forlorne Hope.
As well as learning about the Civil War from the permanent display a temporary exhibition explained the events leading to the battle whilst the recently constructed large scale model of the battlefield was also on display together with a matchlock musket loaned by the Grosvenor Museum in Chester. The display was arranged by the museum’s Civil War Centre which is now offering later in the year an evening class led by Chairman, Dr Keith Lawrence and will be ideal for those wishing to learn more about the seventeenth century conflict.
The volunteer team did sterling work welcoming visitors and helping with their queries. Particular mention should be made of Barbara and Janet (pictured) who dressed for the occasion and braved the elements standing outside to invite visitors to join us.
The Road to the Battle of Nantwich exhibition, which examines the English Civil War and its commemoration, is at the museum until 25th February 2017.