Permanent Exhibitions

The Battle of Nantwich

Items from the Battle of Nantwich

Learn about the Battle of Nantwich in our display in the main gallery.

We are also running an evening class all about the Civil War and its impact in South Cheshire. More information can be found here.


The Cheese Room is a permanent exhibition featuring the cheese-making industry of South Cheshire.  You can find out more how cheese and butter was made and we have an interesting collection of dairy equipment donated by local farmers.

We are currently working on a project to improve our Cheese Room following a grant received from Baker, Wynne and Wilson Community Pledge.

There’s more about cheese making in South Cheshire here.


Some of Nantwich Museum's collection of clocks

Nantwich has been an important centre for clockmaking, and the museum has catalogued as many Nantwich clocks as possible. Come and see our collection of grandfather clocks, which including clocks by William Masey, Gabriel Smith  and  James Topham. By contrast, also don’t forget to visit Nantwich’s Millennium Clock.  This celebrates the history of Nantwich and is just outside the museum.

The Great Fire of Nantwich

Fire Engine at Nantwich Museum

Learn about the Great Fire of Nantwich in 1583 – which burned for 20 days, destroying 150 houses, inns and other buildings. See our collection of old fire fighting equipment and learn more about how fires were put out in the past. There’s more about the Great Fire of Nantwich here.

Roman Artefacts

Ox head

Did you know the Romans came to Nantwich?  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 2,000 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.

We also have an ancient gold “snake” ring, and information about Roman roads in the area.

Nantwich Salt Making and the Salt Ship

Find out how this 700 year old tree was important in salt making!  There’s more about salt making in Nantwich here.


We are fortunate to own many fascinating old pictures, which tell us more about life in Nantwich years ago.  There’s more about our art collection here.

Shoes and Clothing

Nantwich Shoes and Boots

Learn more about the shoe and clothing industries, and why they eventually declined.