Anyone who is living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia is welcome to join us on the first Monday of each month from 2pm.
Our Millennium Gallery offers a comfortable and relaxed environment for our sessions where people are free to come and go as they please. The sessions have a different theme each week and use objects from our specially created reminiscence boxes and the Museum’s collection. There is opportunity to have a chat about the theme, sometimes an activity (always chance to handle objects) and always a cup of tea and chance to meet other people. As the Museum is closed to the general public on a Monday, we have the entire Museum available for this group’s use.
We have been working with the Alzheimer’s Society and staff assisted by volunteers will be present throughout.
‘The Museum of the Future’ was an event that we held in October. As part of the national Big Draw Campaign and the Family Arts Festival, we invited visitors to have a go at drawing what they thought the museum of the future might look like. We had in the region of 100 drawings! Ideas ranged from transport of the future, to pets, food and armour. We were joined on the day by a Roman soldier, a soldier from the English Civil War and, travelling from the future, a stormtrooper.
After the event, a special video was made that can be viewed on You Tube. Take a look.
The Museum’s craft group has been meeting since 2011. They meet every Tuesday between 10 and 12. Its an informal group that takes on a variety of crafts that are of interest to the members.
Meetings are free of charge but regular specialist workshops are planned for which a charge will be made.
Projects that the group is undertaking include: creating Christmas decorations for the Museum, making costumes, items for sale in the Museum shop and a timeline unique to Nantwich which is on display in the exhibition.
Their exhibition is on until the 28th of December.
Pupils from Blackfriars School increased their understanding of the Great Fire of Nantwich when they returned to school.
As you can see in the picture, the models that they made with us were used to construct their own Tudor street. The fire shows the consequences of using flammable building materials and building houses close together.
The Museum hosted the presentation of the Dabber’s Dish contest on Sunday 22 September.
This competition was organised by Councillor Stuart Hutton of Nantwich Town Council to find a recipe that most represents Nantwich’s cooking and to find out how locals have been inspired by events, businesses, local produce and ingredients.
There were two winners of the competition, which had a business and individuals category.
Clewlows won the business category with their Pork and Chutney Dabber’s pie. Harry Clewlow and grandson Ronnie received the trophy and handed out samples which were very well received.
Bill Pearson won the individual’s trophy with an equally tasty looking Nantwich cheese and onion soup. The recipe along with some further information can be found on Bill’s Dabber Dish site (at foot of this page).
We reproduce Councillor Hutton’s encouraging comments below:
‘Nantwich is considered one of the great foodie destinations but we don’t have a typical dish, unlike other towns such as Stoke with their oatcakes and Cornwall with the pastie.
“It was a pleasure to be able to present the awards to the winners of the competition, Mr Pearson for his wonderful ‘Nantwich Cheese and Onion Soup’, and to H. Clewlow Butchers for their famous ‘Dabber’s Pie’. I’m extremely grateful to all the businesses and individuals that entered the competition. The eagerness of local people to get involved in this and other initiatives goes to underline just what makes our town such a great place to live and visit – the people.
“I was bowled over by some of the creativity displayed by the competitors some of whom have given permission for their ideas to be published in the museum’s recipe book (available soon). The quality of the winning entries is also a testament to the excellent local produce available in and around our town.
“I hope local people will take these recipes to their hearts – or stomachs – have a go at making them at home and maybe even add their own twists.”
A selection of Roman artifacts from the 2002 Kingsley Fields excavation conducted by Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit and funded by Bellway Homes Limited have gone on display at Nantwich Museum. The excavation is regarded as one of the most important to have been carried out in Nantwich and revealed a Roman industrial site engaged in salt making along with a variety of artifacts. The Roman settlement in the town was established in the 2nd century AD and existed for about 150 years.
Salt making tools, pottery for serving food and decoration, other tools such as an adze hammer used for working wood, a variety of household goods and even a 2000 year old loo seat can be seen. Craftsmen and farmers were active in the area and a reaping hook is displayed which would have been used to harvest locally grown cereals and vegetables.
The project was managed by the Cheshire West and Chester Museums Service. The new display is an important step in exploring Nantwich in Roman times and includes an interpretive panel and interactivity where visitors are invited to match modern objects with items from the Roman and other collections.
We have just started an exciting project to expand our offer in order to better meet the needs of people living in the community, particularly those who may be living with dementia. This project will see us create ‘reminiscence boxes’ and also an additional resource: an ‘object dialogue box’.
On Thursday 4th July, Museum staff, volunteers, library staff, health care professionals, residents from nearby care homes as well as people living with dementia and their carers joined together at the Museum to discuss with Anne Sherman, Arts Officer for Health and Older People and Karl Foster, an artist, to discuss what kind of resources and services the Museum might be able to offer to people with dementia. We found that some of the objects from the Museum store could be particularly helpful.
Karl Foster of Hedsor has a wealth of experience of creating object dialogue boxes and examples of his work can be found at Manchester Art Gallery and the Imperial War Museum. The objects created were inspired by the Museum’s collection and are designed to promote conversation and exploration.
As an illustration, he showed us an object he had made, and asked us to think about how it made us feel. Some of the exercises were mysterious but very effective.
Following Thursday’s workshop, Karl is now going away to create some objects. They will be unusual, yet will have a connection to the collection and a link to items on permanent display. The Museum will be using the time until these objects are completed in September to think about what exactly we will be able to offer and to take part in more training.
The Museum has found that there is scope to use the Museum’s collection to provide worthwhile experiences for people living with dementia. This project will demonstrate to similar size museums and organisations how large scale national projects and initiatives can be adapted with more modest resources. Other projects which have been taking place across the country includes The House of Memories, which was developed at Liverpool Museum, and more locally a project that has just started at Bridgend Community Centre.