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.
Tue-Sat, 10.30-16.30, all year
Closed: Sun, Mon, public holidays
Free admission - but donations are always acceptable
Public car park opposite museum (Pay and Display)
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)
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.
- Family friendly
Arts and the First World War
- 20 September 2014 3-4pm *on now
A talk about the arts during the First World War by Mary Hennessy-Jones, head teacher at local primary school.
- Family friendly
£3 per person (£2 members)
Meet the Cheshire Pals
- 27 September 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
On Saturday 27th September the experiences of the World War One “Tommy” will be brought to life by re-enactors of the 4th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, a territorial unit of the British Army.
When war broke out in August 1914, they were at once mobilised. The Cheshire Pals group aim to create living history by re-enacting and explaining the life and times of those at the Front and those at the Home Front. Faithful in their reproduction of the dress, materials and manner of their presentation, this is a great experience for anyone wanting to know more about the period.
Based at the Cheshire Regiment Museum in Chester, the group meets regularly to display the equipment and lifestyle of the period.
- Any age