Museum’s first walk of 2014


Led by Peter Aston, ‘Discovering Your Congleton’, the museum’s first walk of 2014, took place last Sunday. Keith Heron attended the walk and said: ‘For two hours we were entertained and informed with a walk that followed the growth of Congleton after the Norman Conquest. We discovered how the river led to trade and later drove the silk and cotton mills. The direction the town had developed both religiously and commercially was also highlighted. It was very enjoyable with lots of questions being answered, and was complemented by a refreshing cream tea. Why not join us on the April walk? (Photo supplied by Mr Heron)

The History of Religion in Congleton

Peter Aston, museum trustee and chairman of Congleton History Society,
will give a talk on Friday 13 September at 7.30 pm at the museum. He will
conduct a pictorial tour of churches in Congleton, explaining their
individual histories and the influences (both local and national) that affected
their development.

The town has a rich and complex religious history. Initially, Astbury
was the mother church but as Congleton itself grew in importance, St
Peter’s tried to assert its religious dominance.

Methodism became popular in the area in the mid 18th century and, of
course, Primitive Methodism originated in a famous meeting at Mow Cop.

For more fascinating information, come to the talk.

If you have an interesting old bible, perhaps with a family history,
please bring it to show us.

Tickets £2.00 (free for Friends of the Museum). As space is limited,
pre-booking is recommended. Please contact the museum to book on 01260

Staffordshire Hoard

On 6th June the museum hosted a talk on the Staffordshire Hoard. Museum volunteer Dorothy Robinson attended the talk, and she has submitted this report. We hope that everyone enjoyed the evening as much as Dorothy!

“The recent talk organised by the museum was so popular that it had to be moved to the Meeting Room of the library. It was to an audience of over 60 people that Mr. Stephen Dean, the Staffordshire County Archaeologist gave a most inspiring and informative talk on the Staffordshire Hoard. He was very enthusiastic and interesting on the significance of this find of medieval artefacts. The slides he showed, together with his descriptions of the objects will have inspired many members of the audience to visit the Stoke-on-Trent Museum to see the articles for themselves.”