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.

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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

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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: www.thanksforthememory.org.uk or call 01606 551122. For more information contact: Tim Ashcroft: 07710 603 952: tim.ashcroft@thanksforthememory.org.uk

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.”

A strange package!

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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.

MP looks at Bradshaw House Plans

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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 presents on sale

Christmas 2014 Shop

Our crafters have been busy making affordable items for Christmas and these are now on sale in the museum shop.  Christmas cards range from 30p to £1.50, packs of wine glass charms made with Swarovski crystals are only £2.50, felt tree decorations for £1, packs of gift bows with tags for £1 and memo pads for £1.50.  Why not come along and take a look?   All sales benefit the museum.

Heritage Open Days

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Heritage Open Days, Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th September – As a part of the National Heritage Open Days which celebrate England ’s fantastic architecture and culture, Congleton Museum will be opening Bradshaw House between 10.00am and 3.00pm each day.

Come and see this Georgian landowners’ town house, the museum’s proposed new home. Donations to the Bradshaw House Fund, which will allow the museum to move to these larger premises, are greatly appreciated.

The museum will be open as usual.