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.

Remembrance Field

Poppy Field

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 Tapestry Comes Home

Tapestry 1

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.

Tapestry 2

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.

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.