Click here for our services to schools, which help bring history to life and are also mapped to the curriculum.

Holiday Workshops

We hold workshops during every school holiday.  Activities are usually based on one of our current exhibitions or an event that is taking place nationally or in the area.

It’s a chance for some fun and creativity (with the opportunity to explore the Museum). There is always something to make and take home and at least one quiz to get stuck into.

Key Information

  • Wednesday and Thursday of school holidays (apart from Christmas) 11am – 3pm
  • Drop-in
  • Cost is just £2 per child
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult

Large groups welcome but we would appreciate it if you could let us know in advance.

Town Tours

There’s more to Nantwich than you might imagine!  Would you like to learn more about the history of Nantwich? We can give you a guided tour of our historic town, and show you the actual spots in town where historic events took place.

As well as the tours that we feature the events section, the Museum offers tours of Nantwich for your own group.  These can be either a general tour, or one tailored to meet the requirements of the groups taking part. The tours usually take between an hour and a half and two hours.

Some of the periods on which we are able to focus include: Tudor Nantwich, Victorian Nantwich, The Battle of Nantwich and the Civil War. We can also tailor tours to concentrate on a specific theme – such as industry in the local area.

The cost of the group tours will be around £3 per person. We usually aim for a minimum of six people.

For more information please contact us or telephone Kate Dobson on 01270 627104.


Members of our Research Group offer talks to other groups.  Charges are modest, with all proceeds going to the museum.  Topics include:

Tales of the Marches

A series of stories based upon the legends and history of the Welsh Marches.

Travellers Tales of the Marches

An illustrated talk providing the opportunity to visit the Welsh Marches through the eyes and experiences of a number of travellers through history.

The Story of the Shropshire Union Canal

An illustrated story of the Shropshire Union Canal tracing development of the amalgam of canals that make up the union.

A Glimpse of Life on the Shropshire Union Canal

Aiming to capture the essence of life on the canal including its day-to-day operation, the challenges facing the boatmen and their families, the role of the horses and the variety of cargoes.

The Canal at Nantwich

Considering the history of the Shropshire Union Canal around Nantwich and life on the canal up to the present day.

A Cameo of the Six Towns

An impression of the six towns generally regarded as composing the Staffordshire Potteries, their history, some of the processes, what life was like in the towns during the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries concluding with a view of the potteries today.

A Celebration of Salt – the story of Nantwich brine

For more than 2000 years Nantwich has benefited from brine springs associated with the River Weaver to produce high quality salt and subsequently supply brine baths valued for their medicinal properties. This illustrated talk tells the story of the brine.

Nantwich in Tudor Times

Considering various aspects of life in the town and some of its people during Tudor times.

The Story of Crewe Hall

The story of the estate and hall from 1066 to the present day based upon the research of the late R H Gladden MBE.

Crewe Hall at War

Considering the involvement of the estate in wars from mediaeval times to the twentieth century including the Battle of Poitiers, the English Civil War and the Second World War. Particular attention is given to the military occupation of the estate during the Second World War and its use as a prisoner of war camp.

John Gerard, English Herbalist

The life and times of John Gerard the eminent Tudor surgeon and gardener who published his Herball or Generall Hiftorie of Plantes in 1595. The talk encompasses development of the herbal, draws on the descriptions of a selection of plants and considers Gerard’s eminent associates.

Andrew Fuller Chater – a living memory

The story of one man’s life in Nantwich during the middle of the nineteenth century. Andrew Fuller Chater became Rector of the parish church in 1846 and led the town through the cholera epidemic of 1849 and the major restoration of the church in the 1850s.

A Crewe Factory Girl – the life of Ada Nield Chew

The story of Ada Nield who came to prominence locally when she fought for improved conditions for those working in local clothing factories at the turn of the nineteenth century. She went on to campaign on behalf of the Labour movement, trades unions and for women’s suffrage before running her own business.


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