Museum Development Forum

Development Forum pictureOn Monday 26th February over 40 supporters of Congleton Museum met in the Bridestones Suite at Congleton Town Hall to discuss the future of Congleton museum. A lively workshop was led by Shirley Collier who has held posts at such renowned institutions as the Tate, National Maritime Museum and Imperial War Museum. Various strategies to develop the museum were discussed including forging partnerships with other organisations, methods of fund raising and the most effective utilisation of the museum’s volunteers.

Chair of Trustees Ian Doughty commented:

“It was extremely heartening to see so many people come together to discuss, in such a positive way, the future direction of the museum. The wide range of constructive ideas generated was impressive and will be instrumental in taking the museum forward”.

The museum is grateful to Congleton Town Council who supported the workshop and to Museums North West who funded the event

National Lottery Players – Thank You!


From 12th to 17th December 2017, we are offering a free guided tour of Congleton Museum to National Lottery players.

Congleton Museum will be offering guided tours for free to National Lottery players during the week of 12 to 17 December 2017. They are one of 350 participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

The National Lottery

National Lottery players raise, on average, over £30 million each week for projects all over the country. In total £37 billion has been raised for Good Causes since The National Lottery began in 1994 and more than 510,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the majority (70 per cent) of which are for £10,000 or less, helping small projects make a big difference in their community!

The Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF Press Office on tel: 020 7591 6036 @heritagelottery #NationalLottery

Terms and Conditions

  • All National Lottery games qualify for free entry, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratchcard. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.
  • Offer runs 12th Dec to 17th Dec during museum opening times
  • Congleton Museum reserves the right to refuse entry in the unlikely event of venue reaching capacity, as well as unforeseen circumstances.

Bronze Age Palstave Found

Congleton Museum has been loaned a palstave which was found in the Priesty Fields area in 2016. A palstave is a type of Bronze age axe. It is another indication that pre-roman activity in the area was more extensive than originally thought.


It was brought into the museum by one of the finders Andy Turnock.

Congleton Town Hall 150 Years

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To celebrate the 150 anniversary of the opening of the present town hall Congleton Museum has republished an enhanced full colour edition of Peter Boon’s history of the building and its predecessors.

Price £4.50. Copies available from Congleton Museum and the Congleton Visitor Information Centre.

Cheshire Hoards Arrival


Crowds followed two centurions from the Deva Victrix guard as they marched through Congleton to bring the Knutsford and Malpas Hoards to Congleton Museum.

The exhibition hall wOpening of the Hoards Exhibition with centurions from the Deva Victrix, Cllr D Brown (Mayor) Ian Doughty (Chair Museum Trust) Fiona Bruce MP - Photo Chris Sheardas filled to capacity as Town Mayor, Cllr. David Brown, and Fiona Bruce MP received the treasure chest symbolising the arrival of these two regionally significant collections of Roman finds.

In welcoming guests and visitors Ian Doughty, Chair of Trustees, said that “this was an important day for the museum as it was the culmination of 18 months of hard work undertaken in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool and the Heritage Lottery Fund to ensure that these important discoveries remained in the area”. Inviting Cllr Brown to declare the exhibition open Mr Doughty expressed the hope that by displaying these and future finds the museum would be able to attract more visitors to the town.

Inviting those present to enjoy the day, the Mayor emphasised that this widening of the museum’s role into a centre for displaying the area’s archaeological finds would make a positive contribution to the town’s tourist potential. He also expressed the hope that the museum would be in its new home within two years.

During the day, over 180 people visited the exhibition and took the opportunity to learn about Roman life and in particular that of a Roman centurion.

Thanks for the Memory Concert




Thanks for the Memory Concert raises over £900 to help people with Dementia

Back for the Third Year on Sunday May 15th at Cranage with our Thanks for the Memory Big Band Concert we had another superb afternoon of Big Band music and songs from the 1920’s through to 2010’s! Hosted by the Cranage Hall Hotel and Conference Centre and featuring the superb Dave Egerton Band.

With music from Glenn Miller to the Beach Boys; Fred Astaire to Vera Lynn to Van Morrison; Frank Sinatra to Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder, and even Amy Winehouse! Also starring Cockney Carol and the Ageless Ukes – ukulele orchestra.

The concert raised over £900 to help those with Dementia via Alzheimer’s Society and also to buy a music centre for Congleton Museum to support their work around Dementia.

Based in Winsford, Thanks for the Memory was established in January 2014 to use the power of music to help those with dementia bring back memories of times past. Over the past three years they have now put on 8 concerts; raised over £4,000 and also bought music centres for Nantwich Museum Dementia Friendship Group, and the Dingle in Winsford. We have also supported artists visiting these groups. Also half of all the proceeds have gone to the Alzheimer’s Society.

We have also been very lucky to receive ongoing support from Dame Vera Lynn and Jan Eberle, the daughter of Ray Eberle who was the lead male vocalist with Glenn MillBIN629-0175er.

We look forward to being back again next year!

Contact: or call 01606 551122. For more information contact: Tim Ashcroft: 07710 603 952:

Museum of Liverpool and Congleton Museum win Heritage Lottery Fund support

image004 Press Release ImageToday, the Museum of Liverpool and Congleton Museum have jointly received £65,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Hoards of Cheshire’. The project will enable the museums to acquire two locally-discovered hoards of Roman treasure for the North West.

The project will enable local young people to work with archaeologists and museum curators to learn about the Romano-British period in the North West, and help create an exhibition about them which will open at the Museum of Liverpool this winter, then tour and be displayed for the longer term at Congleton Museum.

The Knutsford and Malpas hoards were found by metal detectorists and reported to archaeologists through the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and were declared Treasure. They have been cleaned and catalogued at the British Museum, and will now be returning to the North West.

The hoards are primarily made up of coins, and the Knutsford hoard also contains two large gilt brooches, an early antecedent of Cheshire bling!

The Museum of Liverpool and Congleton Museum are delighted to be working in partnership to bring these fascinating finds to the North West and display them for local people.  Both Museums greatly value the finds which tell the story of the early history of the region, and point to links between the Cheshire salt fields and the coastal trading centres in and around Merseyside.

Commenting on the award, Ian Doughty, Collections Manager at Congleton Museum said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership to ensure that these two fascinating collections of items will be retained in the North West for future generations to enjoy.”

Janet Dugdale, Director of Museum of Liverpool said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this exciting project to bring these amazing archaeological finds to the region.  We’re really looking forward to working with young people to interpret the finds and explore the stories of the Romano-British North West in more detail.”

Pub Quiz winners

Pub Quiz Winners
Many thanks to everyone who turned out last Sunday for our Pub Quiz at the Young Pretender. 
The winning team was the Quiz Test Dummies (pictured) – each of whom received an engraved Congleton Museum pen. Nearly £300 was raised for the museum!