Nantwich Museum Looks Forward to 2020 – its 40th Year

2020 marks the 40th anniversary of Nantwich Museum. As well as the usual temporary exhibitions, walking tours of the town, workshops, coffee mornings, events for special occasions such as Pancake Day, there will be special events to celebrate the anniversary. These include a talk on Saturday 6 June, 2020 by Gaye Blake-Roberts Curator of the Wedgwood Museum, a Community Collection Day and competitions for children. Full details will be announced in due course.

On 8 January, 2020 a new temporary exhibition opens in the Millennium Gallery. Dreams of Nantwich by Michal and Jan Obolewicz seeks to create the mythical and fairy tale story of Nantwich through its beauty and history in the medium of watercolour.

Holly Holy Day, the annual commemoration of the Civil War Battle of Nantwich, takes place on Saturday 25 January, 2020. The programme of events at the Museum is as follows:

10.00 am – Civil War tour of the town (£4.00, Museum Members £3.00).
10.30 am – 11.30 am – Pike and Musketry demonstration led by members of The Sealed Knot (free entry).
11.30 am – Civil War tour of the town (£4.00, Museum Members £3.00).
11.45 am -12.45 pm 17th century music by Forlorne Hope (free entry).
The impressive and fascinating model depicting the 1644 Battle of Nantwich will be on display throughout the day.

Following popular demand a new series of talks is scheduled for the Spring the following details being correct at the time of publishing:

March 1, 2020. Great Fire of Nantwich – Keith Lawrence & Andrew Lamberton.
March 18, 2020. The Nantwich Workhouse by Bill Pearson.
March 25, 2020. Nantwich’s Norman Castle by Bernie Strawson.
April 1, 2020. Theatres and Cinemas of Nantwich by Graham Dodd.
April 8, 2020. Nantwich Races by Keith Lawrence and Bernie Strawson.
April 15, 2020. Nantwich, a Walled Garrison in the Civil War by Brian Cole.

Costs: £25.00 for full course (£20.00 Museum Members) or £5.00 per talk (Museum Members £4.00). Bookings will be taken from Thursday 2 January, 2020.

The following temporary exhibitions in the Millennium Gallery following Dreams of Nantwich have been announced, the details correct at the time of publishing:

Personal Voices by The Breakaway Textiles Group opens 11 March, 2020.
Endangered & Extinct by Val Hunt opens 13 May, 2020.
40 Years of Nantwich Museum opens 15 July, 2020.
2020 Nantwich Camera Club Photographic Exhibition opens 16 September, 2020 .
A Celebration of Stitch by Connected Threads opens 28 October, 2020.
Neo-Renaissance by Mark Sheeky opens 15 December, 2020 .

Children’s Holiday Workshops will take place on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 February, 2020.

The Museum opened in January 1980 in the former Nantwich Free Library building in Pillory Street with the aim of preserving the history of the town and its environs. As the Collection developed in the early days temporary exhibitions were the mainstay including one, in 1983, concerned with Fire Insurance Emblems from which was derived the sun logo. The Cheese and Dairy exhibition was originally housed in a lean-to outside but moved indoors in 1990 at the same time as the Joseph Heler Room (upstairs) was opened as an exhibition/meetings room. The Millennium Gallery was a major addition in 2000 along with a secure Collection Store and general storeroom. Today plans are in hand to re-develop the Museum and its permanent displays.

Admission to the museum, which is run as an independent charitable trust, is free.

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on or telephone 01270 627104.