Museum of Liverpool and Congleton Museum win Heritage Lottery Fund support

image004 Press Release ImageToday, 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.”

A strange package!

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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.

MP looks at Bradshaw House Plans

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Ian Doughty, Fiona Bruce MP and Mike Warke with the exciting plans for the museum’s proposed move to Bradshaw House on Lawton Street.

For further information about the move and to see what our new home will look like, please click here. We’d also love to know your thoughts regarding the museum’s future so please take a few moments to complete our questionnaire by clicking here.

Birch Jewellers pledges support

Congleton Museum is in the process of raising funds for its proposed move to Bradshaw House – one of the town’s most historic buildings.

Paul Birch of Birch Jewellers, located on Bridge Street, is the first local business to provide his support. Paul will buy your unwanted gold or silver items and will donate all monies received to the museum.

So hunt out that broken jewellery that you never wear and head to Birch Jewellers to show your support! Alternatively, your unwanted items can also be handed in at the museum.
Donors can also donate the cost of their unwanted items to the museum directly and gift aid the amount too.

In addition, Paul has kindly offered to dedicate a display shelf in his shop to the museum. He will use this to display more expensive items of jewellery which will be sold individually. After deducting expenses (e.g. credit card costs) and a small commission, he will pay all proceeds of these sales to the museum.

To date the museum has raised over £4,000 and is on track to reach its target of £10,000. Further pledges for donations have been received and inventive plans are being suggested. These include second hand book and craft sales, a line of silver coins stretching from the museum’s existing site round to Bradshaw House, boxes to collect small change, as well as coffee mornings and home made cakes.
All donations will finance the initial phase of surveys and design work, which are required before the grant applications can proceed.

Christmas presents on sale

Christmas 2014 Shop

Our crafters have been busy making affordable items for Christmas and these are now on sale in the museum shop.  Christmas cards range from 30p to £1.50, packs of wine glass charms made with Swarovski crystals are only £2.50, felt tree decorations for £1, packs of gift bows with tags for £1 and memo pads for £1.50.  Why not come along and take a look?   All sales benefit the museum.

Heritage Open Days

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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.

New booklets by Peter Boon

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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.

Music history at the museum!

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Music history at the museum! Congleton Museum is proud to host a special exhibition on the Rode Hall Silver Band. Established in 1837 to lead parishioners from Scholar Green to Astbury Church, the band is now a staple of local events and celebrations.
Included in the display is an 1837 brass drum, still used by the band, along with information about the band’s membership during the two world wars.

This free exhibit is open until September 8th. Pictured: the band in 1880.