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Lights Switch On

Congleton Museum would like to thank everyone who donated items to our stand at the Christmas Lights Switch On last Friday (22nd November).

We would also like to thank all the volunteers and trustees who braved the cold to run the stall. Special thanks go to Diane Ritherdon for organising the stall and Bill Pegley for running the Shove-Ha’penny game throughout the night. We raised a welcome £142 for the museum after expenses!

Museum volunteer, Jamie Campbell, is pictured encouraging passers-by to try their luck on the tombola.

Goodbye to a volunteer

The museum recently said goodbye to volunteer Sam Astbury. Sam has found paid employment and has moved to Kent. We really enjoyed getting to know Sam during his two years with us. As well as greeting visitors on our front desk two days a week, Sam was instrumental in setting up the museum’s social media presence and co-ordinating event publicity. Congleton Museum wishes Sam the best of luck with his future endeavours, and hopes that he will keep in touch!

Volunteer stumbles upon family link

It’s a small world! While using the museum’s Victorian Census database to research the history of a friend’s shop on Mill Street, our volunteer Ken Law found a connection to his own family! Turns out, a friend of his mother was at one time either the proprietor of a shop at that address or she lived above it! To find out more about the museum’s research facilities click here.

Thanks from a volunteer

Hi, my name is Tom and I’ve been volunteering at Congleton Museum for the past fortnight to gain some experience before I start my Masters degree in Public History this September. During my time at the museum, I have learnt a lot about how museums operate through the tasks I have been assigned, such as recording newly acquired items and updating the collections database. I have also benefited from conversations with the museum chair and collections manager, Ian Doughty and the education officer, Jean Westbrook. Furthermore, the staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the museum.

Tom at work

Welcome to returned volunteer

We would like to welcome back museum volunteer Jamie Campbell! For the last two weeks Jamie was enjoying a family holiday in Corfu. He particularly enjoyed seeing Corfu town’s Early Modern buildings and the islands, two Byzantine forts and the late Georgian palace. Jamie is now back working on a short history of Congleton’s Charters and researching the town’s role in the English Civil War.

Town Oaths book

Hi, my name is Becksy. I am a student at Sandbach High School and I have been volunteering at Congleton Museum for just under a month. With my love of history, it has been very interesting to learn in depth about local history and particularly the history of Congleton … something which isn’t taught in schools!

Whilst at the museum, I have been working with Ian (museum chair), looking at a book of Town Oaths which date back to 1841 (see image below). My project involves transcribing the original Oath documents into a computer to ensure that the documents are more accessible to volunteers and visitors alike. At first it was quite difficult trying to understand both the traditional language and handwriting, but after a few pages, the words began to become familiar. It has been great to have the opportunity to handle and gain some experience of using primary sources.

My first month at the museum has been great! Excuse the cliché – but here you really do learn something every visit!

Oath Book

Volunteer’s Gala Night

Gala Night 1

Many thanks to CVSCE for inviting us to take part in their Volunteer’s Gala Night at  Astra Zeneca on Wednesday 12th June! Over 200 volunteers and representatives from the local volunteer community attended the event, including 5 volunteers from the museum! Pictured at the event are Bill Pegley and Dorothy Robinson (seated), Janet Stevens, Mike Whitehurst and Linda Ward (standing L-R). “We had a fantastic night,” said Linda. “I felt so privileged to be asked to go. The entertainment was outstanding, the food was good and the whole atmosphere was great!”