The Museum is run almost entirely by our team of over 50 volunteers. In addition, there are three members of staff: the manager, part-time administrator and Saturday assistant. Running costs (staff, heating and lighting, repairs, etc.) amount to over £60,000 per year, over half of which has to be raised through donations, successful grant applications and other fund-raising activities. Although we do not charge an entry fee, your donations, however small, are greatly appreciated. Click here to find out how you can help support the work we do with schools and helping local organisations.
While receiving some public funding, the museum relies heavily on the support of its patrons, Trust members and voluntary workers.
So why not join our trust?
If you would like to become a supporter of the museum you can have the opportunity to get more involved with the work of the “home of the town’s history”. As a Nantwich Museum Trust Ltd member you will know you are helping to support a local museum which is being run by and for Nantwich, its surrounding area, and also for visitors to the town.
What do you get as a member of the Trust?
You will receive a monthly e-newsletter containing the latest news from the museum.
You will receive a copy of the Member’s Journal, which is full of articles on local history.
You can enjoy various talks throughout the year at a discounted price.
You will have the chance to take part in decision-making about how the museum is run by attending the annual general meeting of Nantwich Museum Trust Ltd.
To sign up as a member of Nantwich Museum, please call in and ask for a form, or download a form here:
We also welcome and appreciate sponsorship from local businesses. Companies who would like to be a Patron of the museum should contact us. A list of the current Patrons will soon appear on the website.
Perhaps you would like to be more directly involved in the running of the Museum. We are always pleased to welcome volunteers for a hands-on approach to our work. Nantwich Museum relies on a team of about 50 volunteers to ensure its smooth running. There are many different aspects that people can get involved in:
Front of house – Welcoming visitors to the Museum and dealing with general enquiries.
Education – Assisting with education sessions, workshops and tours with the general public.
Exhibition installation – Helping to put up exhibitions in our temporary exhibition spaces.
Collections – This group currently meets on a Monday morning between 10.30am – 12.30pm. They record, examine and care for objects in the Museum’s collection.
Research Group – This group currently meets on a Friday morning at 10.00am. They undertake research for exhibitions, respond to enquiries and help to develop exhibitions.
Shop – Select and order stock and help to arrange our shop displays.
Fundraising and events – Help to organise and assist as fundraising events which take place throughout the year.
Maintenance – Assist with general maintenance and checks on the building.
If you think you might want to get involved call in to collect an application form or to speak to someone about the opportunities.
You can download an application form here. This is a PDF file. You may need to download and use a free program such as Adobe Reader to read it.
It’s your support that keeps us going! We gratefully acknowledge all of the support that we receive from the community, local authorities and other funders. On going support is received from:
We have also been fortunate to receive funding, donations and support from
- Acton, Bunbury, Willaston and Willaston Parish Councils
- AiM – the Asociation of Independent Museums
- Arts Council England
- Crewe and Nantwich Weaver Rotary Club
- Direct Access Consultancy
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- Nantwich Rotary Club
- Museums Development North West
- Waitrose Community Matters
- Yorkshire Bank’s Make a Difference Week