Cheshire East Council has given a £31,000 boost to Congleton Museum . The money is aimed at part funding the project to redevelop Bradshaw House into a new home for the museum. In the last few years Congleton Museum’s remit has expanded past the town limits to encompass exciting discoveries such as a 17th century gold ring from Middlewich, and a piece of Viking metalwork from Church Lawton. By moving to Bradshaw House the museum will be able to offer greater facilities and become a heritage hub for East Cheshire . The grant cheque was presented to the museum by Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, during a visit to the current premises. The museum is a tremendous community asset and this boost will help the Bradshaw House project move forwards.
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.’
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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.
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.
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.
Congleton Museum was proud to present a stall at the centenary celebration of the Congleton Band Stand last Sunday. Focusing on WW1-era Congleton, the stall attracted a large number of visitors. Good music and good weather ensured a great time was had by all! [Pictured: Marget Williamson and guests]
Looking for a fun family activity over the coming Easter Bank Holiday? Why not pop in and visit the museum? Congleton Museum is open as usual on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday!
A brilliant book launch for local historian Lyndon Murgatroyd!
Congleton Museum welcomed over 100 visitors to the launch of ‘Lest We Forget’, which tells of the experiences of Congleton’s servicemen through both world wars. Over £2000 worth of books were sold and Lyndon kindly donated two boxes of books valued at £360 to the museum. (Lyndon and his wife Sue are pictured centre).