Nantwich Museum

The fascinating history of the town is brought to life by Nantwich Museum, founded in January 1980. (The building was formerly Nantwich Public Library which stood on the site of a gaol).

Located in Pillory Street, at the heart of the town, the museum has main galleries telling the story of Nantwich through the ages – Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich’s Great Fire, the Civil War Battle of Nantwich (1644) and the more recent shoe and clothing industries.

Beyond the galleries lie extensions. The first contains the cheese-making exhibition, dedicated to demonstrating how the county’s famous cheese has traditionally been made and sold around the floral market town of Nantwich.

Above it is the Joseph Heler meeting room, which also houses our collection of maps.  Next to these is the Community Gallery, where small exhibitions are staged, followed by the magnificent, prize-winning, Millennium Gallery, which provides the perfect home for a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions.

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Nantwich Museum

“Neorenaissance” exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum “Neorenaissance”, a new exhibition by local artist Mark Sheeky, has opened in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum to run until Saturday 5 March. Reflecting the links between different media and art forms, Mark Sheeky’s eclectic output, spans painting, sculpture, video, music, writing and performance art. The exhibition includes the work of other artists and poets to create cross-collaborations. The exhibition explores some of these collaborations and includes oil paintings which have links with other art forms. “The High Flying Swift” is accompanied by an ethereal soundtrack, whilst “The Ever-Loving Fragments That Forever Remain” depicts fragments of a face on a chessboard, with a poem by Nantwich poet Helen Kay. Mark Sheeky comments: “In this exhibition I'm showing a mix of oil paintings with different themes and feelings, and have included poems, sculpture, music, and video too. Some artworks were created as groups, like movements in a classical musical work. Most are filled with symbolism and imagery. Now my focus in visual art is to represent an emotion augmented by a concept. People compare my work to surrealism and I have always painted in that way with my own ideas, thoughts, feelings, but I don't consider myself a surrealist or adhere to a particularly surrealist philosophy. The unconscious will always be an important tool for creativity. What a painting is 'about' is, and should be, different for everyone because art is always a dialogue to some extent. Art should have an element of the enigma because this encourages dialogue and creates a mysterious magic.” Entry to the Museum and exhibition is free and the artwork is available to purchase.

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