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.
Congleton Museum is happy to announce two new booklets by Peter Boon are now on sale. These two booklets tell stories important to Congleton, from the Green Island district to the tale of a Congleton soldier. ‘A Congleton Soldier in the Great War 1914 to 1918’ recounts the tales of Peter’s father who served during the First World War, surviving both the Somme and Ypres to return home to his family. ‘Gibraltar Rocks and Green Island district of Congleton’ explores the geography, history and people of the Green Island district of Congleton. The booklets cost £2 and £3 respectively.
Hand-knitted bees are raising funds at Congleton Museum for the Bradshaw House move. Made by Trish Lovell, these bees are available now for a minimum donation of £1. Perfect for gifts or just for buzzing around.