German student group

German Group

Yesterday you met Jan and Jenny, two students from Germany. They are part of a group of eight German students undertaking work experience in Congleton over the next two weeks. The whole group is pictured during a training session at the museum. While Jan and Jenny are staying with us, other members of the group are working at Siemens, Max Spielmann Photography, Victoria Mill Antique Centre and Dane Plus Housing. With funding provided by the Leonardo Da Vinci fund, local professional Jane Ash, has been bringing small groups of European students to Congleton for the past four years. The students are housed with host families in the town while they take part in vocational training courses.

Volunteers from Germany

German Students 2

We are Jenny Blaszczyk and Jan Müller, from Germany. Both of us are 19 years old. We are working at Congleton Museum for two weeks.

My co-worker Jenny and I, are translating some stories of the museum into German. We hope that we get a lot of work experience and a good cooperation with the museum.

A brilliant book launch for local historian

lyndon book launch
A brilliant book launch for local historian Lyndon Murgatroyd!
Congleton Museum welcomed over 100 visitors to the launch of ‘Lest We Forget’, which tells of the experiences of Congleton’s servicemen through both world wars. Over £2000 worth of books were sold and Lyndon kindly donated two boxes of books valued at £360 to the museum. (Lyndon and his wife Sue are pictured centre).

Pub Quiz!


Test your knowledge! The Young Pretender is hosting a pie supper and pub quiz on Sunday 13th April 2014. The pie supper will start at approximately 7pm followed by the Quiz at around 8.30. Teams are of 6 players, but the museum will be happy to match you to a team. Tickets are available at the museum, please contact us on 012760 276 360 for details.

Museum’s first walk of 2014


Led by Peter Aston, ‘Discovering Your Congleton’, the museum’s first walk of 2014, took place last Sunday. Keith Heron attended the walk and said: ‘For two hours we were entertained and informed with a walk that followed the growth of Congleton after the Norman Conquest. We discovered how the river led to trade and later drove the silk and cotton mills. The direction the town had developed both religiously and commercially was also highlighted. It was very enjoyable with lots of questions being answered, and was complemented by a refreshing cream tea. Why not join us on the April walk? (Photo supplied by Mr Heron)

West Heath housing estate 1933

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One of our volunteers has discovered a letter in the museum archives dated 9th April 1933. Written by a builder to his solicitor with regard to the new West Heath Housing Estate, the letter puts the ‘total cost of building 20 houses and completing all roads and sewers’ at £7,000. The proposed sale price for each house is £390. A plan attached to the letter shows what subsequently became Blythe Avenue (see illustration).

Nameless no more!


Nameless no more! After today’s naming ceremony, we can now reveal our carved bear is called Charles. The bear’s creator, Master Carver Jennifer Gater, selected the successful entry and presented a small carved bear to the winner, 10-year-old Liam Williams. Jennifer chose the name to honour her apprentice-master, Malcom Gibbons, a direct descendant of 17th century Royal Carver, Grinling Gibbons. She said, “I chose the name Charles because it was King Charles II who gave Grinling Gibbons his opportunity to carve as an officially appointed and recognised master to the Crown.” The museum is proud to have such a beautifully carved bear greeting our visitors. We hope it’s the first of many works in a long and successful career for Jennifer. (Pictured: Liam with ‘Charles’)

Bear Naming Ceremony

Bear Facebook

We will be holding a naming ceremony for our newest resident bear on Friday 21st February at 12.30. Since early January, the unnamed wooden bear has been welcoming visitors and collecting donations at the museum’s reception. Master Carver Jennifer Gater has selected the successful entry and she will present a small carving of a running bear to the winner.

70s nite

70s Nite

Proceeds of the bucket collections from the previous Congleton Carnival are to be divided between several charities in the town. The museum has been successful in applying for a grant to support the purchase of our carved bear and donation box. The cheque for this will be presented at a 70s Nite at the Bulls Head on February 22nd. The museum will be represented by volunteers Graham and Linda Hulse. Tickets £5 each from the Visitor Information Centre (Tourist Office). Why not go along and have a groovy night out? Please see poster for more details.

History of Agriculture

History of Agriculture

Congleton Museum is proud to present Peter Boon’s new booklet: ‘History of Agriculture in Congleton and District’. This thorough work begins by giving a general history of the development of agriculture before focusing on Congleton’s specific development. The booklet describes how 80 small ‘self-sufficient’ Burgages of the 17th century evolved into a thriving dairy industry. The booklet concludes with the author’s personal recollection about the drastic changes in Congleton’s agriculture during WWII. This work provides a detailed and enlightening account of one our town’s dominant industries though history. Available from the museum shop for £2.50.