On Monday 26th February over 40 supporters of Congleton Museum met in the Bridestones Suite at Congleton Town Hall to discuss the future of Congleton museum. A lively workshop was led by Shirley Collier who has held posts at such renowned institutions as the Tate, National Maritime Museum and Imperial War Museum. Various strategies to develop the museum were discussed including forging partnerships with other organisations, methods of fund raising and the most effective utilisation of the museum’s volunteers.
Chair of Trustees Ian Doughty commented:
“It was extremely heartening to see so many people come together to discuss, in such a positive way, the future direction of the museum. The wide range of constructive ideas generated was impressive and will be instrumental in taking the museum forward”.
The museum is grateful to Congleton Town Council who supported the workshop and to Museums North West who funded the event
Timbersbrook Women’s Institute made an evening visit to Congleton Museum where they enjoyed an illustrated talk using a selection of images from the museum’s vast photographic collection on Congleton’s past. This was follow by refreshments and a tour of the museum’s exhibitions.
Congleton Museum has been loaned a palstave which was found in the Priesty Fields area in 2016. A palstave is a type of Bronze age axe. It is another indication that pre-roman activity in the area was more extensive than originally thought.
It was brought into the museum by one of the finders Andy Turnock.
Are you having a clear out? Or know someone who is? If you have any old photographs of Congleton, we would love to have them! You can donate any old photographs/Congleton related articles to us and we will preserve them for future generations.
To celebrate the 150 anniversary of the opening of the present town hall Congleton Museum has republished an enhanced full colour edition of Peter Boon’s history of the building and its predecessors.
Price £4.50. Copies available from Congleton Museum and the Congleton Visitor Information Centre.
Opening of the Hoards Exhibition with centurions from the Deva Victrix, Cllr D Brown (Mayor) Ian Doughty (Chair Museum Trust) Fiona Bruce MP - Photo Chris Sheard
Roman Helmet complete with Sticker
Ian Doughty and Fiona Bruce
David Brown Fiona and Ian
Crowds followed two centurions from the Deva Victrix guard as they marched through Congleton to bring the Knutsford and Malpas Hoards to Congleton Museum.
The exhibition hall was filled to capacity as Town Mayor, Cllr. David Brown, and Fiona Bruce MP received the treasure chest symbolising the arrival of these two regionally significant collections of Roman finds.
In welcoming guests and visitors Ian Doughty, Chair of Trustees, said that “this was an important day for the museum as it was the culmination of 18 months of hard work undertaken in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool and the Heritage Lottery Fund to ensure that these important discoveries remained in the area”. Inviting Cllr Brown to declare the exhibition open Mr Doughty expressed the hope that by displaying these and future finds the museum would be able to attract more visitors to the town.
Inviting those present to enjoy the day, the Mayor emphasised that this widening of the museum’s role into a centre for displaying the area’s archaeological finds would make a positive contribution to the town’s tourist potential. He also expressed the hope that the museum would be in its new home within two years.
During the day, over 180 people visited the exhibition and took the opportunity to learn about Roman life and in particular that of a Roman centurion.
Thanks for the Memory Concert raises over £900 to help people with Dementia
Back for the Third Year on Sunday May 15th at Cranage with our Thanks for the Memory Big Band Concert we had another superb afternoon of Big Band music and songs from the 1920’s through to 2010’s! Hosted by the Cranage Hall Hotel and Conference Centre and featuring the superb Dave Egerton Band.
With music from Glenn Miller to the Beach Boys; Fred Astaire to Vera Lynn to Van Morrison; Frank Sinatra to Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder, and even Amy Winehouse! Also starring Cockney Carol and the Ageless Ukes – ukulele orchestra.
The concert raised over £900 to help those with Dementia via Alzheimer’s Society and also to buy a music centre for Congleton Museum to support their work around Dementia.
Based in Winsford, Thanks for the Memory was established in January 2014 to use the power of music to help those with dementia bring back memories of times past. Over the past three years they have now put on 8 concerts; raised over £4,000 and also bought music centres for Nantwich Museum Dementia Friendship Group, and the Dingle in Winsford. We have also supported artists visiting these groups. Also half of all the proceeds have gone to the Alzheimer’s Society.
We have also been very lucky to receive ongoing support from Dame Vera Lynn and Jan Eberle, the daughter of Ray Eberle who was the lead male vocalist with Glenn Miller.
We look forward to being back again next year!
Contact: www.thanksforthememory.org.uk or call 01606 551122. For more information contact: Tim Ashcroft: 07710 603 952: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today, the Museum of Liverpool and Congleton Museum have jointly received £65,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Hoards of Cheshire’. The project will enable the museums to acquire two locally-discovered hoards of Roman treasure for the North West.
The project will enable local young people to work with archaeologists and museum curators to learn about the Romano-British period in the North West, and help create an exhibition about them which will open at the Museum of Liverpool this winter, then tour and be displayed for the longer term at Congleton Museum.
The Knutsford and Malpas hoards were found by metal detectorists and reported to archaeologists through the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and were declared Treasure. They have been cleaned and catalogued at the British Museum, and will now be returning to the North West.
The hoards are primarily made up of coins, and the Knutsford hoard also contains two large gilt brooches, an early antecedent of Cheshire bling!
The Museum of Liverpool and Congleton Museum are delighted to be working in partnership to bring these fascinating finds to the North West and display them for local people. Both Museums greatly value the finds which tell the story of the early history of the region, and point to links between the Cheshire salt fields and the coastal trading centres in and around Merseyside.
Commenting on the award, Ian Doughty, Collections Manager at Congleton Museum said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership to ensure that these two fascinating collections of items will be retained in the North West for future generations to enjoy.”
Janet Dugdale, Director of Museum of Liverpool said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this exciting project to bring these amazing archaeological finds to the region. We’re really looking forward to working with young people to interpret the finds and explore the stories of the Romano-British North West in more detail.”
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.