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!

£31,000 boost from Cheshire East

Council 31000 boost

Cheshire East Council has given a £31,000 boost to Congleton Museum .  The money is aimed at part funding the project to redevelop Bradshaw House into a new home for the museum. In the last few years Congleton Museum’s remit has expanded past the town limits to encompass exciting discoveries such as a 17th century gold ring from Middlewich, and a piece of Viking metalwork from Church Lawton. By moving to Bradshaw House the museum will be able to offer greater facilities and become a heritage hub for East Cheshire . The grant cheque was presented to the museum by Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, during a visit to the current premises. The museum is a tremendous community asset and this boost will help the Bradshaw House project move forwards.

A strange package!

cigars

On Thursday 19th February a strange package arrived at the museum. Once the brown paper was unwrapped, it was revealed to be a full box of ‘Marsuma’ cigars. These hand-rolled cigars were made from Cuban tobacco by Andiamio & Co., a cigar and cigarette manufacturer located in Havannah Mill in 1900. Close examination showed an East Hertfordshire postcode; so to the person who sent this wonderful artifact, THANK YOU. And if you are, or know the person who sent them, please let us know where you acquired them – the story would be of great interest.

Congleton Museum Pub Quiz

Congleton Museum Pub Quiz – Save the Date!

Following the success of last year’s pub quiz, Congleton Museum is pleased to announce that we will be holding another quiz on the evening of Sunday 12th April at The Young Pretender, Congleton.

Tickets will cost £10 each (£8 each for Friends of Congleton Museum); included in the price is your choice of a delicious pie supper. There will also be an option to join in on the night, without supper, for £2.

Teams and individual entrants are most welcome, and it would be great for local businesses to get involved too.

Last year’s quiz was hugely popular with a total of ten teams taking part and over £350 being raised for the museum – a fantastic achievement, which we hope to match again this year.

So if you want to test your general knowledge and support the museum at the same time, then come and join us for what promises to be an excellent evening. A prize for the winning team will also be up for grabs!

To book, please email info@congletonmuseum.com and we will get back to you with further information.

Rotary Club donation

Congleton Rotary Club has been very generous in the New Year with their support of the Bradshaw House move – donating a grand £1000 to the fundraising efforts.
Rtn Ernie Clarke, Rotary club president, said ‘Everybody at the Rotary thinks the museum is a great thing for the town and for the people of Congleton.’
Read the full article in the Congleton Chronicle.

MP looks at Bradshaw House Plans

Fiona Bruce Photo

Ian Doughty, Fiona Bruce MP and Mike Warke with the exciting plans for the museum’s proposed move to Bradshaw House on Lawton Street.

For further information about the move and to see what our new home will look like, please click here. We’d also love to know your thoughts regarding the museum’s future so please take a few moments to complete our questionnaire by clicking here.

Birch Jewellers pledges support

Congleton Museum is in the process of raising funds for its proposed move to Bradshaw House – one of the town’s most historic buildings.

Paul Birch of Birch Jewellers, located on Bridge Street, is the first local business to provide his support. Paul will buy your unwanted gold or silver items and will donate all monies received to the museum.

So hunt out that broken jewellery that you never wear and head to Birch Jewellers to show your support! Alternatively, your unwanted items can also be handed in at the museum.
Donors can also donate the cost of their unwanted items to the museum directly and gift aid the amount too.

In addition, Paul has kindly offered to dedicate a display shelf in his shop to the museum. He will use this to display more expensive items of jewellery which will be sold individually. After deducting expenses (e.g. credit card costs) and a small commission, he will pay all proceeds of these sales to the museum.

To date the museum has raised over £4,000 and is on track to reach its target of £10,000. Further pledges for donations have been received and inventive plans are being suggested. These include second hand book and craft sales, a line of silver coins stretching from the museum’s existing site round to Bradshaw House, boxes to collect small change, as well as coffee mornings and home made cakes.
All donations will finance the initial phase of surveys and design work, which are required before the grant applications can proceed.

Christmas Bradshaw Bees

Xmas Bradshaw Bees

Christmas Bradshaw Bees are now available! With little Santa hats, tinsel in their hair, and silver stripes, these bees would make perfect Christmas decorations. Donate to the Bradshaw House fund today and get your bee. At least £1 donation per bee.