The National Civil War Centre at Newark was officially opened on 25 September by HRH The Earl of Wessex. Members of Nantwich Museum’s Research Group recently undertook a research trip to the centre to learn more about the war in that area, how the new museum was established, how the story has been presented and to develop links with the facility. Nantwich Museum is establishing a centre for recording and presenting the local story of the Civil War and its impact on the town and surrounding area, and is also preparing for its summer 2016 exhibition on this subject. Partnerships are being sought with interested parties and groups with a view to ensuring that this important chapter in the life of the town can be accurately portrayed. The visit to Newark also provided an opportunity to visit the Queen’s Sconce, one of the major fortifications constructed to defend the town during the Civil War.
In August a film crew from China Movie Channel CCTV6 visited the museum to film sequences for use in a forthcoming World Film Report focussing on salt. Although the principal interest was in our key artefacts – the Roman paddle, salt pan and salt ship – the Director was also very interested in the local cheese industry, bearing in mind that Cheshire cheese should be made using Cheshire salt and that salt made in Nantwich was favoured for use in the dairy.
Former administrator Vicky Edwards, along with our very talented craft group have devised a collection of story sacks for our young visitors and their families to use.
What is a story sack?
A Story Sack is a large cloth bag containing a children’s book/nursery rhyme and various supporting materials, such as role play characters, puzzles, activity suggestions, etc.
The Nantwich Museum story sacks contain stories/rhymes that can be related to the history of Nantwich.
By using the book and supporting materials together you can help to stimulate language and create an enjoyable and memorable reading experience for you and your child, as well as developing your child’s understanding of the history of our wonderful town.
At the moment we have four sacks for you to enjoy:
On Monday 6th July staff, volunteers and visitors attending the Museum’s Dementia Friendship Group were joined by Tim Ashcroft from Thanks for the Memory along with Gill Jones and Jackie Stubbs, representing the Kiltearn Medical Practice Patient Board. Tim Ashcroft recently organised a second Big Band Concert at Cranage Hall where music through the decades was played to encourage reminiscence. Money raised has been distributed between the Museum and the Alzheimer’s Society and we have received £450. Gill Jones and Jackie Stubbs organised a raffle as part of National Dementia Awareness Week and very kindly have donated over £100 to the group.
The Museum’s Dementia Friendship Group does not receive funding and so these generous donations will enable the group, which has been going from strength to strength, to continue to develop. We hope to bring in an artist to work with the group and to also purchase additional musical instruments as well as other resources to enhance our sessions.
The group is open to anyone in the community who is living with dementia, their partners, carers or friends to attend. The group which meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month is becoming increasingly popular so please ring on 01270 627104 if you would like to find out more.
Salt Sunday is a celebration of the natural resource of salt in Cheshire and how it strengthens links between communities and salt-related industries. This year activities were combined with the Family Day at Reaseheath College to show how salt and agriculture are related.
In the Salt Sunday tent there were presentations from Lion Salt Works, Nantwich Museum, Cogent Skills, Link up, Ineos, Mission in the Economy ICF and more.
Up until the early eighteenth century on Ascension Day the inhabitants of Nantwich would decorate the Old Biot brine spring. Dressed in their gala clothes they would spend the day dancing, feasting and making merry around the spring. The celebrations included singing the hymn of thanksgiving ‘Blessing the Brine.’
We are incredibly pleased to be supported for the second time by Tim Ashcroft and the superb Dave Egerton Big Band as they host THANKS FOR THE MEMORY BIG BAND CONCERT with 50 years of Music and Songs from the 1920’s to 1970’s on Sunday May 10th, 2pm – 5pm. With support from Vera Lynn, hosted by Cranage Hall Hotel & Conference Centre, Byley Lane, Cranage, Crewe, Cheshire, CW4 8EW and sponsored by Oakmere Wealth Management, this will be an afternoon of great entertainment. Sit back and be taken down memory lane to the Swing era, from Glen Miller to the Beatles; Fred Astaire to Vera Lynn to Van Morrison; Frank Sinatra to The Temptations… and much much more.
We hope the concert will bring back precious memories for those living with dementia and memory loss and their families and take them all back in time through music to those yester-years. More information is available online or call the information line: 01606 551122, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the Museum’s Dementia Friendship Group can be discovered here.
Tragic events in sixteenth century Nantwich were recently recalled when Russ Crockett and his wife Janet from Utah, USA visited the town. Russ had discovered that he was a direct descendent of Roger Crockett the licensee of the The Crown inn who was murdered in an affray in the town in 1572. Roger’s widow, Bridgett, experienced a second tragedy when, in 1583, The Crown was destroyed by fire along with much of the town centre. By then her son Robert was licensee of the inn.
When Russ and his wife arrived at the museum, local historian and museum volunteer Andrew Lamberton was able to furnish much background on the two events from displays and information held by the museum. Andrew also took Russ and Janet on a guided tour of the town. On arriving at Wood Street, where Roger had been murdered, the group stood for a while in the rain reflecting on the history of the place.
Roger was murdered as he sought to increase his property portfolio in the town, a strategy which brought him into conflict with the local establishment. No one was convicted of the crime whilst the local legal structure for dealing with such events left something to be desired.