Congleton Museum would like to thank everyone who donated items to our stand at the Christmas Lights Switch On last Friday (22nd November).
We would also like to thank all the volunteers and trustees who braved the cold to run the stall. Special thanks go to Diane Ritherdon for organising the stall and Bill Pegley for running the Shove-Ha’penny game throughout the night. We raised a welcome £142 for the museum after expenses!
Museum volunteer, Jamie Campbell, is pictured encouraging passers-by to try their luck on the tombola.
Never mind MAKE DO AND MEND…the priority for Aggie and Ada yesterday was to keep the (Church) Fires Burning!!!!
Please visit Congleton Museum’s gift shop for your special Christmas presents and cards. In addition to offering a selection of local history books, our artisans’ corner features hand made Christmas and Greetings cards.
Our talented volunteers and Friends of the Museum have made wine glass chains, jesters’ hats, tree decorations and knitted teddies. You will also find a range of individually designed jewellery including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and gift sets. For something different come to the museum shop and view their work.
Friends of the Museum, volunteers and LoveLocalLife card holders receive a 10% discount!
The museum recently said goodbye to volunteer Sam Astbury. Sam has found paid employment and has moved to Kent. We really enjoyed getting to know Sam during his two years with us. As well as greeting visitors on our front desk two days a week, Sam was instrumental in setting up the museum’s social media presence and co-ordinating event publicity. Congleton Museum wishes Sam the best of luck with his future endeavours, and hopes that he will keep in touch!
Follow this link to check out photos from the Congleton Museum/Visyon Halloween Walk. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!
Happy Halloween! On this day in 1833: Peter Johnson behaved in a shameful manner to Mrs Mallet of Holmes Chapel, who was coming to Congleton in his carriage. She was obliged to jump out to save herself from being ravished. (Taken from the Diary of an unknown Congleton Man)
The unusual item pictured below was recently donated to the museum. We honestly don’t know what it is! The only clue might be that it was found in a barn. The straps and neck piece (?) are made of leather, with six long metal spikes attached to the front. Can anyone identify what it was used for?
There was a bit of a local crime wave on this day in 1839! According to the Police Report Book: ‘Two pairs of shoes and a hat were stolen from the house of William Leech in Chapel Street by some person unknown.’ Meanwhile… ‘Found several people drunk in the house of John Heath, the Black Horse, about 1 o’clock in the night time. Heath delayed opening his door for a considerable time.’
We recently welcomed two gentlemen from Wyoming and Iowa USA with Congleton ancestry. They left a note in our visitor’s book saying: ‘Great help on research of family!’ The information we provided came from our bespoke Local Census Database. If you’d like some assistance researching your local family history, please contact the museum.