Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Museum
Pillory Street
Nantwich
Cheshire
CW5 5BQ
England

Website

www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

General enquiries

enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01270 627104

Fax

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The fascinating history of one of Cheshire's most attractive and historic towns is brought to life by Nantwich Museum. Located in Pillory Street, at the heart of the town, the museum has main galleries telling the story of Nantwich through the ages - Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich's Great Fire, the Civil War Battle of Nantwich (1644) and the more recent shoe and clothing industries. Beyond the galleries lie two extensions. The first with its cheese-making exhibition and useful Joseph Heler meeting room, is dedicated to demonstrating how the county's famous cheese has traditionally been made and sold around the floral market town of Nantwich. A small Community Gallery for individual art, etc, exhibitions leads to the magnificent, prize-winning Millennium Gallery. This provides the perfect home for a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions. With facilities available to local community groups, Nantwich Museum is a vibrant hub of local interest. Enter through the door of Nantwich's former Victorian Jubilee library and discover our exciting museum for yourself.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tue-Sat, 10.30-16.30, all year

Closed: Sun, Mon, public holidays

Admission charges

Free admission - but donations are always acceptable

Additional info

Public car park opposite museum (Pay and Display)

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Music, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Nantwich artefacts
  • Herbert St. John Jones, the Nantwich artist.
  • The story of cheesemaking
  • Visiting and museum-created exhibitions (various durations)
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Nantwich and the First World War: the impact of war on a market town

  • 19 July — 27 September 2014 *on now

Nantwich and the First World War - the impact of war on a market town is a new exhibition at Nantwich Museum recalling the early years of the war in the town. Occupying the Community and Millennium Galleries the exhibition runs until Sat 27 September.
From 100 years on we can now see how Nantwich responded as war broke out in 1914. Using local and national newspapers, reminiscences, photographs and artefacts the exhibition identifies the sudden realisation of impending war by an unprepared market town and follows the emergence of a community gearing up to support the war.
Visitors can witness the initial role played by the leading local families, see soldiers’ and seamen's tales of the trenches and naval battles sent home to families, read of family loss, kindness to strangers from a foreign land and the wounded. There was the important role played by women who could be found not just knitting for the troops but being trained for jobs, especially in agriculture, when the men went to war.
Despite this it was remarkable how much remained unchanged before the dark days of 1916, the near starvation of much of Britain in 1917 and ultimate victory in 1918.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Food Production around the time of World War 1

  • 3 September 2014 3-4pm *on now

A talk by Bill Pearson, a senior lecturer at nearby Reaseheath College and also 'Lover of Local Food' blogger.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 per person (£2 members)

Website

http://www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk

Women, Food and the Great War

  • 10 September 2014 3-4pm

A talk by Professor Karen Hunt, a professor in Early Modern History at Keele University.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 per person (£2 members)

Belgian Refugees in Nantwich

  • 17 September 2014 3-4pm

A talk by Professor of Sociology David Morgan who is also a member of the Museum's Research Group. This talk will examine the impact and reaction to the arrival of Belgian refugees in the town.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 per person (£2 members)

Website

http://www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk

Arts and the First World War

  • 20 September 2014 3-4pm

A talk about the arts during the First World War by Mary Hennessy-Jones, head teacher at local primary school.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 per person (£2 members)

Website

http://www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk

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