Help out at Nantwich Museum

Nantwich Museum is on the look out for new volunteers.

Over 50 volunteers currently help with all aspects of the museum’s activities including front of house services and the shop, administration of the collection, historical research, education including work with school groups, leading town tours and fundraising – all essential for the smooth running of the venue.

If you can afford a little time and are interested in joining the team please contact the venue by emailing enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or calling 01270 627104.

The venue is currently hosting a new exhibition by Keith Lawrence called ‘Cholera and the Mapping of Nantwich’.

In 1849 Nantwich was essentially a medieval town set in the Victorian Age.

There was no piped water for domestic use and sewage flowed in a network of open channels draining to the River Weaver.

The cholera epidemic of that year triggered investment in the town to upgrade these services that we now take for granted.

To lay water and sewage pipes an accurate map was required identifying sewage channels, open septic tanks, wells and pumps so they could be captured in the improvement scheme.

A book, ‘Cholera in Nineteenth Century Nantwich’ detailing the epidemic of 1849 is available from the museum shop.

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