On Saturday 22nd March, Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse (Northwich) hosted its own ‘Community Collection Roadshow’, as part of the Cheshire’s Great War Stories Project. The event was well attended, successful and allowed local people to share their treasured World War One possessions with our team of museum staff and volunteers.
Some fascinating artefacts were brought along to the event, including an unusual tool for cutting through barbed wire, certificates from Brunner Mond & Co to its employees who served during the conflict and field binoculars owned by a gentleman who was a greengrocer in Northwich, prior to enlisting as a soldier. There were a number of locally important objects, which are being taken up for further research by keen amateur historians in the area.
Weaver Hall also organised a range of extra activities for people to enjoy, so that even those who did not have artefacts of their own to share could be part of this important community remembrance event. This included: a craft corner for children (making your own medal or wartime postcard), a display of objects and postcards entitled ‘From Cheshire to the Trenches’, a reading corner where visitors could enjoy original magazines published weekly during the conflict and of course, the Cheshire Pals re-enactment group, who answered a vast range of visitor questions as well as demonstrating uniform, equipment and weapons.
The museum would like to thank all those involved, especially our dedicated team of volunteers who helped to make the event such a big success.
For more information about the event and our findings, please contact Laura Armitage at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 01606 271642.