Article by Graham Dodd of Nantwich Museum
Although Nantwich Museum is once again closed because of the nationwide lockdown, the “Digital Museum” featured on its website continues to flourish.
Nantwich at Play was a temporary exhibition staged in the Millennium Gallery of the museum in 2015, key elements of which can now be found on the website: www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk.
Fun was the keynote of the exhibition, which took as its theme changing social influences to illustrate how the people of the town spent their leisure time through the ages.
A superb painting by the museum’s artist, Les Pickford, depicting a medieval fair near the parish church, introduces the exhibition.
The panels, drafted by members of the museum’s research group and designed by its photographer Paul Topham, include visits to early fairs, excursions by road and rail, a variety of sports and horse races at the local course as well as visits to the theatres, cinemas and local zoos.
Nantwich at Play is just the latest addition to the museum website, which now includes several previously staged exhibitions developed in-house and some from external exhibitors.
There is an opportunity to purchase copies of local books produced by museum members, also to download some of the popular research booklets documenting various aspects of local history all of which provide a welcome boost to museum funds at a time when other income streams have been curtailed.
The website also provides an opportunity to assist in the running of the museum by becoming a member of the museum trust, but look out for the forthcoming special offer at Christmas, or a volunteer, whilst the “Donate” button is an ideal way to support its service to the community.