and Special Events
|The main wall exhibition contains sections on Boatbuilders; Shardlow
Hall; Wilden Ferry and Cavendish Bridge; the coming of the Trent and Mersey
Canal; James Sutton and the Shardlow Boat Company; Soresby and Flack Boat
Company; Cowlishaw's Coal Company; the North Staffordshire Railway Company;
the milling and animal feedstuffs firm F E Stevens Ltd; Public Houses and
Breweries including the history of the site of the Malt Shovel and
the neighbouring brewery/maltings building, the Ropery and the Henshall
family. NEW FOR 2014: transport and Shardlow Nurseries and the Dickinson
Also, large poster display panels tell the story of St James Church,
Wilne Chapel, the village carnival, the House of Industry, the village
schools, shops, the tramway, and a case study of a site on Aston Lane.
There is a full size replica of a narrowboat back cabin which has
been named Swift after one of the Shardlow Boat Company's craft. This displays
signwriting by Tony Lewery, roses and castles by Jan Deuchar and water
cans lent by the family of Ike Argent.
Children visiting can dress in costume. A grant from the Co-op enabled
the Centre to commission clothes of the Edwardian period of canal boating.
Elasticated to fit various sizes of small people they can give our younger
visitors the feel of life in long skirts or granddad shirts and ‘weskits’.
In the exhibition cases and displayed around the walls are items
related to rural crafts and industries including blacksmiths and cobblers
tools, farming implements, bottles from local breweries, and material relating
to the village policeman and the Aston to Shardlow tramway.
A video presentation provides an introduction to the historical port
and the present day village.
LINKS TO OTHER PAGES IN THIS SITE
see home page for indication of which of our pages have recent
|Management Committee meeting - members welcome
|March 29 - 30
||Shardlow History weekend - at the Village Hall. DE72 2GH Displays
of original Parish documents, maps, photographs, census, wills, directories,
records of boats and boatmen, and many other items. Refreshments available.
Further information to follow.
1.30 - 3.00p.m.
3.00 - 4.00p.m.
|Preview afternoon - everybody is welcome to view the new section
of exhibition. Refreshments provided.
3p.m. AGM of Shardlow Heritage Trust
12 noon - 5 p.m.
|Heritage Centre re-opens for
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
|For Museums Month we are hosting our annual Shardlow Family History
Day- Sheila Cooke, local historian, will be there with some of our
archives to help answer your questions about Shardlow families.
Bring your old photographs and documents relating to Shardlow,
Cavendish Bridge and Great Wilne - people, firms, events and buildings
- to help us expand our knowledge of the past.
12 noon and
|Dolphin Morris Men - Over the weekend of June 21st-23rd 2013
Dolphin Morris will be celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the team with
a weekend meeting of Morris Ring clubs. On Saturday, two coach tours will
take the dancers to local towns, villages, pubs and attractions including
12 noon at the Malt Shovel and 1.00 pm at the Clock Warehouse. See http://www.dolphin-morris.co.uk/45TH.htm
2 - 5 p.m.
auction 4 p.m.
|Shardlow annual Autumn Show and Auction
fruit & veg; arts & crafts; cookery; flowers; photography;
young peoples section
Competitors from outside the village are welcome.
|Last opening day of the season
12 noon - 3 p.m.
|Members end of season gathering