Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Museum The rich history of Nantwich is brought to life by the Museum's exhibits, events, walks, talks & more Admission is FREE. We look forward to welcoming you.
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The Museum tells the story of Nantwich through the ages – Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich’s great fire, the Civil War (including the 1644 Battle of Nantwich), cheesemaking and other local industries. Several beautiful locally made clocks are displayed, a historic fire engine and salt-making equipment.

The last guided Riverside Walk of the year will take place on Sat 2 Dec, leaving from the Museum at 11am. Join us to lea...
30/11/2023

The last guided Riverside Walk of the year will take place on Sat 2 Dec, leaving from the Museum at 11am. Join us to learn about the importance of the River Weaver from historical and environmental perspectives. Please book in advance online at https://nantwich-museum.arttickets.org.uk/nantwich-museum/2023-12-02-riverside-walk, by phoning 01270 627104 or calling in to our shop (open 10.00-16.00 Tue-Sat). £6 (£5 Museum Members).

Our fascinating research project with Keele University, examining remains contained in a Roman cremation urn held in the...
28/11/2023

Our fascinating research project with Keele University, examining remains contained in a Roman cremation urn held in the Museum's collection, is progressing well (see our post from 20 October for more details). We now have a short YouTube video by Dr Chris Aris explaining the background and the steps being taken to discover its past

We interviewed Dr Chris Aris and he and a colleague from Keele University examine remains contained in a Roman cremation urn discovered locally.

The Museum's programme of activities for Holly Holy Day (27th January 2024) is now available...
22/11/2023

The Museum's programme of activities for Holly Holy Day (27th January 2024) is now available...

A request from Keith Lawrence, the Museum's Civil War expert who runs the "Cheshire Civil War Centre at Nantwich Museum"...
22/11/2023

A request from Keith Lawrence, the Museum's Civil War expert who runs the "Cheshire Civil War Centre at Nantwich Museum" Facebook group and is also a member of the committee which organises the Holly Holy Day activities and Battle of Nantwich re-enactment. If you can help please respond to this post by direct message and we will pass offers on to Keith.
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Battle of Nantwich – call to action!
The Battle of Nantwich is a key event in Nantwich’s calendar of community events.
It is held annually in January to commemorate the Civil War battle in 1644 and is entirely run by volunteers.
As you may know, I’m on the organising committee and we are looking for some more people to join us and help with organising & planning this event. We meet once a month on a Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm, and obviously need to be available on the day of the Battle – which next year is Saturday 27 January 2024.
The roles to be filled are:
· Secretary – attend the meetings, take notes and write the minutes
· Community Liaison – engage with organisations across the community to give updates on what is planned including schools, police and town businesses
· Volunteers – engage with volunteers who can help on the day and plan a rota for the day
· Feeding the Troops – the Sealed Knot are very important to the day’s events, and after the battle they need to be fed !
If you would like more details, please contact me or our chairperson: Jo Lowry ([email protected])
If you would like to join us, we’d love to have you on onboard !

If you haven't purchased a raffle ticket yet for your chance to win a delightful piece of artwork by Italian artist Mari...
20/11/2023

If you haven't purchased a raffle ticket yet for your chance to win a delightful piece of artwork by Italian artist Mario Loprete, please call in by Sat 2nd December (Museum open 10.00.16.00 Tue-Sat). If you would prefer to purchase a picture directly rather than taking your chance with the raffle, they're all for sale - just ask in our shop.

At Nantwich Museum we're starting an oral history project, to collect people's personal recollections of living and/or w...
17/11/2023

At Nantwich Museum we're starting an oral history project, to collect people's personal recollections of living and/or working in the town over time. The project is called 'Living in Nantwich'. At present we'd especially like to hear from people who have memories and stories of the High Street (as this will be the focus of an exhibition in 2024), whether this is remembering how the High Street has changed over the years or special memories of events. We'd love to hear from you - if you're interested in taking part or would like more information please contact Kerry or Kate at the Museum - email [email protected], phone 01270 627104 or call in (Tue-Sat 10am-4pm).

We've got Christmas sorted at the Museum! We have a wide range of cards and gifts in our shop, including Nantwich-themed...
16/11/2023

We've got Christmas sorted at the Museum! We have a wide range of cards and gifts in our shop, including Nantwich-themed items, local history books and booklets, mugs, jewellery, stocking fillers, and more - call in to have a browse. If you make a purchase, you'll be supporting the work of the Museum (a registered charity) too 🎄🎅

“Herbert St John Jones - a local artist”, is a new exhibition just opened in the Museum’s Community Gallery, running unt...
14/11/2023

“Herbert St John Jones - a local artist”, is a new exhibition just opened in the Museum’s Community Gallery, running until Sat 6 Jan. Renowned as an animal painter, St John Jones worked for a number of famous and distinguished clients with King Edward VII owning one of his paintings. He also painted local town scenes. Entry to the Museum and exhibition is FREE. Donations towards the running of the Museum are always greatly appreciated.

Nantwich Museum has launched a fundraising campaign to purchase 4 items of local treasure which have a combined total va...
14/11/2023

Nantwich Museum has launched a fundraising campaign to purchase 4 items of local treasure which have a combined total value of £850. The items originate from Batherton and Marbury. They include a late-medieval dress fastener, a medieval mount, a silver gilded double-sided crucifix and a posy ring. If you can help with a donation, no matter how small, this will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made through the Museum's website https://nantwichmuseum.org.uk/donations/ or at the Museum.
The posy ring bears an inscription reading 'Far of yet not forgot'. Posy rings were given by men and women as an expression of love, either as a wedding ring or a means of showing regard and friendship. Museum Manager Kate Dobson said "We hope through donations and sponsorship the Museum can find the money to ensure that these historic items can be kept in Nantwich for the public to enjoy". The local acquisitions would further enhance the Museum's "Treasures of Nantwich" exhibition, which includes Roman, Saxon and Tudor artefacts.
For more information see https://nantwichmuseum.org.uk/2023/11/10/help-us-buy-local-treasure-items/ or contact the Museum 01270 627104. Nantwich Museum Trust Ltd is a Registered Charity, number 509386

This week we're changing our opening hours to 10.00-16.00. We're still open Tue-Sat as before, and we'll be looking forw...
12/11/2023

This week we're changing our opening hours to 10.00-16.00. We're still open Tue-Sat as before, and we'll be looking forward to welcoming visitors as ever - lots to see plus some lovely Christmas cards and gifts in our shop.

A picture taken in Nantwich yesterday during a walk through town - perhaps those with long memories will remember Stretc...
09/11/2023

A picture taken in Nantwich yesterday during a walk through town - perhaps those with long memories will remember Stretch and Harlock (now Bayfields Opticians).

09/11/2023
We love welcoming school groups to the Museum, looks like Guilden Sutton CoE Primary had an excellent time today.
08/11/2023

We love welcoming school groups to the Museum, looks like Guilden Sutton CoE Primary had an excellent time today.

Over the winter we have decided to alter our opening times. We have found that during winter when it is dark and cold, t...
06/11/2023

Over the winter we have decided to alter our opening times. We have found that during winter when it is dark and cold, there is a significant decrease in the number of visitors coming in during the latter part of the afternoon.
The new opening times will be 10am-4pm and this will commence on Tuesday 14 November (the Museum continues to be open Tue-Sat). We consulted with our Front of House volunteers and as a result have decided to see if these times are better for our visitors.

If you haven’t had chance to visit the 'In Cemento Veritas' exhibition in our Millennium Gallery, it’s really well worth...
04/11/2023

If you haven’t had chance to visit the 'In Cemento Veritas' exhibition in our Millennium Gallery, it’s really well worth seeing. The unique artwork, by Italian artist MarioLoprete is all available to purchase. Also, you can be in with a chance to win a piece of your choice (from those unsold by 2nd December) by buying a raffle ticket - £5 each, which can be purchased in the Museum shop (draw on 6th Dec). The many pictures, all of which are unique and intricately made from concrete, have to be seen to appreciate the level of detail and talent required to create them. Admission to the Museum and exhibition FREE!

Not the best day to visit our little Courtyard Garden, but it's still looking very pretty even in November. Bulbs plante...
02/11/2023

Not the best day to visit our little Courtyard Garden, but it's still looking very pretty even in November. Bulbs planted (snowdrops, crocuses, mini-daffodils), wall flowers, forget-me-nots, hanging baskets and more - all ready for spring. Our Green Thumbs team has been busy!

27/10/2023

Unfortunately we have had to cancel tomorrow's guided walking tour of Nantwich. Apologies for any inconvenience caused if you were planning to come. There will be other walking tours in the coming weeks.

27/10/2023
At 7pm on Thursday 9th November our Civil War expert, Dr Keith Lawrence, will give a talk entitled "The First Battle of ...
26/10/2023

At 7pm on Thursday 9th November our Civil War expert, Dr Keith Lawrence, will give a talk entitled "The First Battle of Middlewich - mapping a battle". Price £4 (£2 Middlewich Heritage members).
The battle produced a unique relic of the fight – the only map of a battle drawn immediately after the event. This gives an unrivalled view of the clash that led to a Parliamentary victory and Sir Thomas Aston being recalled to Oxford.
To book please contact Middlewich Heritage on 07582 646080 or email [email protected]. Venue: Royal British Legion, 100 Lewin Street, Middlewich CW10 9AS. Free parking, bar available.

FREE family drop-in workshop today 11am-3pm at the Museum, with a  Halloween theme. All children must be accompanied by ...
26/10/2023

FREE family drop-in workshop today 11am-3pm at the Museum, with a Halloween theme. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Last Friday of the month means that it's Coffee Morning at the Museum! Join us on 27 October between 10.30-12.00 for a c...
25/10/2023

Last Friday of the month means that it's Coffee Morning at the Museum! Join us on 27 October between 10.30-12.00 for a cuppa and delicious homemade cakes. An opportunity to look around the "In Cemento Veritas" exhibition by acclaimed Italian artist Mario Loprete and "Satirical Ceramics in the 21st Century" exhibition by local artist Geoff Elliott, chat with other visitors and volunteers. Admission free, donations to Museum funds greatly appreciated.

We’re excited to be involved with a new research project in partnership with Keele University. Until recently, it was be...
20/10/2023

We’re excited to be involved with a new research project in partnership with Keele University. Until recently, it was believed that a Roman urn on display at the Museum only contained burnt wood, but Dr Chris Aris, Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology in the University’s Department of Forensic Science, believes that it contains cremated human remains. The project will determine whether the contents of the urn are wood or cremated bone by use of macroscopic analysis techniques. If cremated human bone is identified, then histological and further analysis will be conducted with a view to uncovering the story of the cremated individual. The work will be conducted under supervision of Dr Aris and follow all guidelines outlined by the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) relating to the handling and analysis of skeletal human remains. More to follow as the project progresses.

Over the next few days there may be periods when the Museum's website is unavailable due to technical upgrades being und...
19/10/2023

Over the next few days there may be periods when the Museum's website is unavailable due to technical upgrades being undertaken. This may also affect emails being sent to the Museum staff. Meanwhile please phone 01270 627104 if you have urgent enquiries. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Pillory Street
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Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

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