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.
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.
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 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.
Congleton Museum’s Remembrance Field is now on display. Woven by museum volunteer Trish Lovell from donated plastic bags, and with poppies added by visitors, this fantastic poppy field can be seen in the foyer of the museum.
The field started life as a small sample which Trish then decided to enlarge in commemoration of WWI. With recycled plastic bags donated by Argos (blue), M&S and Spar (yellow), and Congleton Council (greens), the vista took shape over a number of weeks. As Trish wove the field on a peg loom in the museum, visitors were able to name poppies in remembrance and insert them into the fabric. All poppies were kindly donated by the Royal British Legion.
When the field was completed a banner was added with the words from John McCrae’s famous poem: ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow’. The field was in place for Remembrance Sunday where it attracted comparisons to the Poppy Moat at the Tower of London . Trish said, ‘If people can genuinely consider that my idea for my weaving is anywhere near the league of the moat poppies, then I am highly honoured’.
The Remembrance Field will be on display at the museum for the foreseeable future.
Congleton Museum is now the proud home of the Congleton Tapestry. Displayed in the foyer, the tapestry can now be seen by the general public in its full glory for the first time in its town of origin.
The tapestry started life in Sept 1994 at the instigation of Margaret Williamson, then Town Mayor, who had seen a similar one in Nantwich. Volunteers were called for and the idea gradually took shape into three panels: Congleton at Work, Congleton at Play, and History and Landscape. Completed in August 1995, the proposed home in the Town Hall fell through, and the tapestry went off to Chester, and later Manchester, for display.
In 2013 Trish Lovell, one of the original weavers, learnt that it had come into the care of Congleton Museum . Since the museum had no room to display it in its full length it was decided to divide the tapestry into its three panels. The Textile Group, led by Louise Adams and Trish Lovell, set to work dismantling and reassembling the tapestry and on 21 October 2014 the tapestry was finally put on display.
Trish said, “I would like to say that I express my thanks to Congleton Museum for finding such a beautiful home for the Tapestry, and the Textile group in particular, for the hard work and expertise which went into the final result.”
You can see the tapestry upstairs in the foyer at the museum.
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.
Our 2015 calendars are now on sale. Available in both A4 (£5.50) and A5
(£3.00), the calendar features lovely local scenes photographed by Keith
Heron. Friends of the Museum receive a 10% discount on purchases in the museum shop.
Congleton Museum had a very successful four days of opening Bradshaw House to the public. Nearly 400 visitors popped in during the event, really showing the local community involvement in the project. The entirety of the ground floor was open, and visitors were given impromptu talks on the history of Bradshaw House and its original owners by volunteers. With overwhelming words of support from visitors, donations given, and the response from the public it is unsurprising that Chairman Ian Doughty called the Open Days ‘phenomenal’.
The response from volunteers to the short notice of opening the building was brilliant. Their engagement with visitors and with the history was fantastic, and many thanks go out to all those who gave their time and effort over the four days.
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.