Mayor opens exhibition at Nantwich Museum

Cllr. Butterill second right with Cllr. Moran, Laura Smith MP and Nick Dyer, Chair of Nantwich Museum Trustees

Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Penny Butterill, opened the latest exhibition in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum, River Weaver – a meander through time which charts the story of the river and how it has shaped local history. Also attending were Mayor of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Arthur Moran and Laura Smith M P.

Nick Dyer, Chair of the museum trustees, who introduced the Mayor commented, “The museum is honoured that Cllr. Butterill has been able to come and open this fascinating exhibition. I am sure that Nantwich folk will be fascinated by the vital part that the River Weaver has played in moulding and influencing  the history and present of our town – not to mention the tales of drownings and other goings on”.

Exhibition events have included talks, a Family Fun Day, with still to come a riverside walk, a talk about the artist J M W Turner’s visit to the town and children’s workshops themed on the river.

Running concurrently in the Your Space Gallery is Drawn from the Weaver, an exhibition which is part of a visual exploration of the river by local artists Pamela Field, Pauline Leaver and Celia Rowlands.

Admission is free to the museum and exhibitions which run until Saturday 9 September 2017.

For further information contact us on or telephone 01270 627104

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 or telephone 01270 627104.