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.

Skoolzfest 17 Artwork at Nantwich Museum

New Beginnings from Acton CE Primary Academy
New Beginnings from Acton CE Primary Academy

The artistic talents of local school children are displayed at Nantwich Museum in the fifth exhibition in the series of Skoolzfest’s. This year’s Skoolzfest 17 exhibition in the Millennium Gallery runs until Saturday 8th July 2017 taking the theme of ‘New Beginnings’. Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.

The exhibition features artwork from schools of the Nantwich Education Partnership. Describing itself as a ‘family’ it has worked collectively over the last ten years to improve the learning experience for children in the area.

The annual Fete and Skoolzfest will be held in Nantwich on Saturday, 1st July 2017. It is a collaboration between the Nantwich Education Partnership and St Mary’s Church working with the local community.

New Beginnings from Audlem St James Primary School
New Beginnings from Audlem St James Primary School

Skoolzfest celebrates the achievements and abilities of all the local children. There will be a covered stage in the Town Square for a wide range of musical performances including the Big Sing when a large number of children from different primary schools form a community choir. Other primary school singing and orchestral performances will fill the morning, whilst the afternoon sees the now traditional Battle of the Bands, when performers from the secondary schools take the stage in an X factor style competition. Last year the standard was so high that several performers were hired for other gigs!

For further information contact us by email at enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104.

Roman Treasures of Cheshire at Nantwich Museum

The Roman Treasures of Cheshire display at Nantwich Museum

An exhibition of two Roman hoards discovered in Cheshire has opened at Nantwich Museum and will run until Saturday 8 July. The coins and jewellery were buried for safe keeping nearly 2000 years ago but their owners never returned for them.

The Malpas Hoard consists of 35 coins struck before the conquest of Britain and possibly associated with the capture of Caratacus, leader of the Catuvallani tribe.

The Knutsford Hoard involves 103 coins, three brooches and two finger rings ranging in date from 32 BC to AD 200.

The hoards provide evidence of the way of life of local people in the early Roman period with possible links to the Cheshire salt fields and coastal trading centres.

The hoards were discovered by metal detectorists and have been on display at the British Museum. Congleton Museum and Liverpool Museum jointly purchased the hoards thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. After display in Nantwich they will return to Congleton Museum.

Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.

Become a Dementia Friend through Nantwich Museum

Dementia logo 2017

A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway at Nantwich Museum as an extension of its Dementia Friendship Group. Museum Manager, Kate Dobson and a Dementia Friends Champion, is running a free one hour long ‘Dementia Friends’ Information Session at the Pillory Street museum at 11.00 am on Monday 12th June 2017, and is inviting local people to come along.

There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in England a figure set to rise to a million within 10 years. Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the country. Dementia Friends is an initiative led by Alzheimer’s Society to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion.

It’s all about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From getting in touch with someone you know living with dementia to wearing your badge with pride, every action counts. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition by establishing four million Dementia Friends with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community.

Anyone requiring further information or wishing to attend the Dementia Friends Session should contact us by email enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104.

Plant and Book Sale at Nantwich Museum

Plant sale at Nantwich museum

The ever popular Plant and Book Sale organised by Nantwich Museum Trust in aid of museum funds will take place at Nantwich Museum, Pillory Street on Saturday 3rd June 2017, between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm.

A wide selection of keenly priced plants and books will be available. It is an ideal opportunity to purchase unusual plants and select books for holiday reading.

The museum would appreciate any donations of books or plants for the event.

Whilst visiting the museum, why not also visit the shop and inspect its range of local history and other books including the ever increasing range of Research Booklets?

Museum exhibits at Salt Sunday 2017

Salt Sunday
Up until the early eighteenth century the inhabitants of Nantwich celebrated the gift of brine, upon which the prosperity of the town had been built over many years, with a thanksgiving hymn “Blessing the Brine”. That celebration continues today through “Salt Sunday”. The event is held at the Lion Salt Works near Northwich and involves salt related industries from the north west and the heritage industry. This year’s event included talks, music and drama as well as an exhibition and celebration which included “Blessing the Brine” from Nantwich.

The museum exhibit provided the opportunity to promote in particular the salt related aspects of the forthcoming exhibition “River Weaver – a meander through time”.

Easter at Nantwich Museum

Part of the Celebration of William Shakespeare exhibition at Nantwich Museum

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.

The museum is closed on Easter Sunday and Monday.

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

Primary School Art & Handwriting Competition

Overall Winner Art Competition 2016 - Jeremy Shorthose - Acton C of E Primary School
Overall Winner Art Competition 2016 – Jeremy Shorthose – Acton C of E Primary School

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.