River Weaver – a Meander Through Time

Welsh Row Bridge Photo by Paul Topham

Our summer exhibition “River Weaver – A Meander Through Time” runs from Wednesday 12th July 2017 to Saturday 9th September 2017 in the Millennium Gallery.  It reflects the significance of rivers to local communities, and charts the story of how the river has shaped our history.

Historically, the River Weaver and its tributaries not only provided a water source and drainage, but also powered many mills. Brine springs associated with the river system were exploited, which ultimately led to a chemical industry of international significance.

An efficient infrastructure, the Weaver Navigation, was essential to the success of the salt industry. It was once described as: “the most perfect artificial cut navigation” and spawned a boat building industry whose products were distributed worldwide.

The famous Cheshire dairy industry benefited from the supply of salt whilst animal hides were processed by a tanning industry employing water from the river.

Inevitably, man’s activities have had an impact on water quality and wildlife, both of which are explored in detail. Historical and contemporary information is presented, showing how the environment has evolved over time.

Information is included about local projects underway to improve the situation in the Nantwich area.

There is art too. An audio-visual programme charts the course of the river and its moods. A copy of a sketch from J M W Turner’s “Chester Sketchbook” displayed depicting the artists view of the town in 1801. It has been licensed from Tate Britain thanks to generous donations from museum volunteers. The sketch is in the “Picturesque” style which grew in popularity through the eighteenth century.

Exhibition events include a Family Fun Day, Walks and Talks.

Research booklets published in support of museum funds document the results of tests of water quality conducted by local schools and the multitude of mills which operated on the river system at one time.

Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.

For further information contact us on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104.