Intrepid members of our Research Group, which is preparing for the Museum’s summer exhibition entitled “River Weaver: A Meander Through Time”, braved the damp weather to explore the river near Audlem today.

Due to the recent wet weather, water levels were high and the river was flowing quickly.

Accompanied by local residents, the group also visited the privately owned restored Hankelow Mill.

Support needed

 

Group enjoying a session about music through the ages at Nantwich Museum

Local people are being asked to come forward with ideas for a £400,000 community fund aimed at tackling health issues in their areas. This might include a single individual with an exciting idea to get people active where they live, to a local voluntary organisation experienced in providing support and advice to people to help them to eat healthily.

The money comes from the Council’s Public Health Service and is targeted at projects which will positively address health issues such as obesity, lack of physical fitness, and mental wellbeing on a very local level.

The initiative has been designed to maximise potential benefits by allowing local people to decide what will work for them in their area. This includes encouraging innovative projects which make the most of community links.

Final funding decisions are being made at events organised by Locality Networks and supported by staff in the Council’s Communities Service. These will provide a great opportunity for local people to choose which projects they feel will make the best difference to their local area, as everyone who attends will have a vote.

Our Project – Dementia Friendship Group: Phase Two

This project is to develop the Museum’s Dementia Friendship Group (established in 2013) into a second, more sustainable phase.

First we want to promote the group. We would print and distribute leaflets and buy a robust pull up banner that could be moved to various locations in Nantwich and Rural South to tell people about what we are doing.

Secondly and crucially it will focus on the development of the sessions themselves. It will, help staff and volunteers develop skills, enable us to try new ideas and celebrate the group; its value to the community and the skills and achievements of its members. Money will be spent on equipment (that can be reused or used for more than one purpose) and bringing in at least 3 external experts to lead a session and from whom we can learn from; key to ensuring that the project is sustainable.

To do this a year’s plan of activities will be developed that take their inspiration from exhibits, exhibitions and the heritage of Nantwich. It incorporates successful activities previously carried out as well as new ideas, notably working with external professionals. The culmination of this will be to put together our own mini exhibition. Photographs and information to be used for the exhibition will be collected throughout the year on a new ipad which can also be used to document the individual experiences of those attending.

We believe that the development of the group will allow us to:

  • Reduce social exclusion and feelings of isolation by making it easier to attend.
  • Increase physical comfort
  • Increase feelings of self worth and inclusion
  • Provide a supportive environment for carers
  • Increase sense of belonging to a community

We are requesting a total of £2,470.

Please vote for us

To register your vote (you must be over 12 years old) you need to turn up at Nantwich Civic Hall on Saturday 21st January, 2017. There will be an opportunity to listen to all of the presentations (which last just over an hour in total) and then vote for your favourite project(s).  It is crucial that you register before 10am, otherwise you can only listen to the presentations.

Please do come and support us if you can.  Please do contact us if you would like any further information.

Nantwich Museum Announces 2017 Exhibitions

Millennium Gallery, Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Museum has announced its 2017 programme of temporary exhibitions aimed at showcasing local talent and providing a varied programme of art and heritage events.

Running up to Saturday 21st January 2017, in the Millennium Gallery, are the concluding weeks of the 2016 Nantwich Camera Club exhibition of prints and projected images. Talking Pictures – an exhibition by Nicholas Ferenczy follows, including poetry readings and practical art workshops. At the end of March there is a Celebration of William Shakespeare by John Harrison. River Weaver – A Meander Through Time is the summer exhibition prepared by the museum’s Research Group, focussing particularly on the river around Nantwich. The 2017 Nantwich Camera Club exhibition opens in September and the year concludes with A Story to Tell by Kay Bayliss. The annual Skoolzfest exhibition is scheduled for the late Spring.

The opening exhibition in the Your Space Gallery is Road To The Battle Of Nantwich, leading to Civil War Tours of the town, a Musketry Demonstration and Music by Forlorne Hope on Holly Holy Day on Saturday 28th January 2017. At the end of February is Marguerite Turner’s exhibition Shared Space, followed in May by the annual Rotary Children’s Art competition. Crewe and Nantwich U3A Photography will exhibit their work from the end of May. Running concurrently with River Weaver – a Meander Through Time will be Drawn from the Weaver, artwork by Pamela Field inspired by the river. In the Autumn will be Performing Bodies by Beryl Wyatt.

Other events include occasional talks and children’s workshops. Entry to the museum and exhibitions is free but there are charges for some of the events. There is usually an opportunity to purchase work from the art exhibitions.  For dates see here.

Book Signing

Sue Church

As part of the Christmas 2016 celebrations at the museum which included a carol concert by the Wistaston Singers and the first ever Craftmas a book signing took place featuring the new book by Sue Church “Nantwich Tales – Stories of the town and its people”.

Book signing at Nantwich museum

Despite not claiming to be a comprehensive history the meticulous research around a myriad of the town’s past people and events paints a vivid picture of days gone by. As Sue notes in her introduction the book tells the story of “ordinary” people who were anything but ordinary with tales of murder and madness, accidents and fecklessness as well as tales of courage and generosity.

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If you’ve not yet got a copy of this fascinating book, they are for sale in the museum shop.

Visit to John Rylands Library

Members of Nantwich museum's research group inside the John Rylands library

As part of a project looking at the history of St Mary’s Parish Church members of the museum’s Research Group recently visited the John Rylands Library in Manchester where many historical church documents are held.

A selection of documents were reviewed including a prayer book and psalter complete with medieval music lines in which was recorded in handwriting the early eighteenth century births to the Ellenthorpe family.

A further find was a ‘New’ map of Cheshire dated 1786.

Tales of the River – call for information

Tales of the river

The Museum Research Group is busy assembling information for a major exhibition focusing on the River Weaver and its tributaries in the Nantwich area.

The group would appreciate any reminiscences and photographs relating to the river. As well as the associated salt making industry, the local tanning industry would have required a supply of water. Nantwich Mill operated in one guise or another for centuries drawing its power from the Weaver. Does anyone have recollections or photographs of its various uses; it was used as a billiard hall for a time, or of its ultimate demise? Fishing is a popular local pastime and there must be many stories to be told.

Our photograph records a recent field trip by members of the Research Group following the headwaters of the river to its source by the Peckforton Hills.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Museum.

Dutton Prize Awarded at Nantwich Museum

Barrie Astbury centre with Robert Stones President left and Nick Dyer Chair right

Museum Friends and Volunteers recently enjoyed the Fourth Members Dinner held at Residence restaurant in Nantwich.

President of the museum, Robert Stones, presented the Walter and Ada Dutton Prize to Barrie Astbury, a Trustee of the museum and a stalwart supporter of its activities for many years. Barrie is associated with all aspects of life at the museum in particular its Education and Town Tours both of which help to fulfil the function of a community museum and support it financially. He has also been involved in numerous activities around the town.

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 the museum Board is able to nominate for the prize unsung heroes regarded as making an extraordinary contribution to the life of the town.

David Maidment gave the after dinner talk entitled “From High Vis Jacket to Bowler Hat” outlining his career on the railways which included managing the Royal Train in this region. As well as making a major contribution to railway safety world wide taking it from a reactive to proactive culture his travels brought him face to face with the plight of the street children so often congregating at railway stations. This led to creation of “The Railway Children” charity which has helped thousands of children worldwide to be given back their childhood.

Volunteering at Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Museum Sign

Nantwich Museum is on the look out for new volunteers. Over 50 volunteers currently help with all aspects of the museum’s activities including front of house services and the shop, administration of the collection, historical research, education including work with school groups, leading town tours, fundraising etc. – all essential for the smooth running of the museum.

Many hands make light work. If you can afford a little time and are interested in joining the team please contact the Museum to discuss the opportunities.