Winners of Summer Art Competition


We have a winner! Congleton Museum is proud to announce that Xander Greenwood, from Congleton High School, is the overall winner of Congleton Museum’s first summer art competition. Xander has won a £10 WHSmith Gift Voucher. Other winners include Macy Rigby (pictured) from Quinta Primary School, who won in the group B category(ages 7-10). Her entry was a watercolour interpretation of a black and white photograph of old Congleton. Group C (ages 11-14) was won by Samantha Cowling from Congleton High School. Both Samantha and Macy won a Congleton Museum pen of their choice. Also on display is the entry by Elizabeth Corfield from Congleton High School (11-14 age group), whose piece was ‘Highly Commended’.

Congleton Museum’s summer art competition for the local schools has produced some excellent pieces which are now on display in the museum. Attracting considerable praise, the artwork is based on the topic of ‘History of Congleton and Astbury’. The new competition was a success; with trustee Diane Ritherdon saying, ‘The young people have produced excellent work, and they deserve a wider audience.’ We would like to thank all entrants for their excellent entries and we hope to run more art competitions in the future.

Rotary Club WW1 Concert

RAF Band

The Rotary Club of Congleton is proudly hosting a WWI commemorative concert in aid of Congleton Museum and The Royal British Legion. The concert will be performed by the RAF College Band in the Town Hall on Sunday 28th September at 7pm. Tickets cost £15 and are available from Congleton Tourist Information Centre and Rotary Club Members. For more details, please contact: 07779 132656 or 07764-781657

Celebrating 100 years of Brownies



Congleton Museum is celebrating 100 years of the Brownie Guides, in style, with a fantastic new exhibition.  Documenting the last hundred years of the Brownies, the exhibition reveals some of the little known history of the organisation.

Lord Baden-Powell decided to create a junior section of the Girl Guides in 1914, for girls of 8 to 11 years old. First called ‘Rosebuds’, the girls had to pass a basic entrance test before they could take their promise.  They had to be able to wash up the tea things, hem a duster, and plait their own hair.  Originally in a uniform of dark blue, the Rosebuds were encouraged to contribute to the local community.

The name change to ‘Brownies’ occurred in 1915 at the request of the girls.  It was based on Mrs. Ewing’s story of little people who did good turns.  With the motto of ‘Lend a Hand’ the Brownies set out to do just that.

Over the next 100 years, hundreds of thousands of little girls have joined up to gain badges, help their communities and have lots of fun in the process.  “Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with 546,406 members,” said Cheshire Border Heritage Adviser, Ann Harris.  “We give girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives.”

The brand new promise of 2013 shows how the principles of the Brownies have little changed from 1914, with an emphasis on doing their best, helping other people and keeping the Brownie Guide Law.

The free-of-charge exhibition runs until 7th August, so be sure to pop in and take a look at the surprising history of the Brownie Guides.

Gone but not forgotten!

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Dr Joan Alcock, pictured with her brother, reminisces with guests at the ceremonial launch of ‘Congleton Through Time’ on 15th May. Joan was accompanied by Collections Manager Ian Doughty, who helped compile the book. Fun times were had and memories shared by all during the successful evening. ‘Congleton Through Time’ is available at the museum shop for £14.99.