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.
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’)
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.
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.
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.
Congleton Museum wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! Please note, the museum will be closed for maintenance from Saturday 21st December through Wednesday 1st January. We’ll reopen on 2nd January!!!
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.
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!
Follow this link to check out photos from the Congleton Museum/Visyon Halloween Walk. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!
A very nice visitor from Manchester over the weekend said our museum is ‘a great snapshot into the history of Congleton’.