Shardlow Heritage Centre
Exhibition 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, Shardlow Nurseries and the Dickinson family.

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 the Grove Hospital, rural crafts and industries including blacksmiths and cobblers tools, farming implements, bottles from local breweries, and material relating to the Shardlow Bronze Age log boat and the Aston to Shardlow tramway. 

A video presentation provides an introduction to the historical port and the present day village.

New for 2018 will be a screen to view our website and several hundred of our archived photographs.

Events 2018
March 25,
 1.00 - 4.00p.m.
1.00pm - 3.00pm Preview afternoon - everybody is welcome to view the new section of exhibition. Refreshments provided, and:
1.00pm - 2.00pm Meet Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa - PCC Dhindsa seeks views on policing, community safety and victim services in our local area as part of his #D383 tour of Derbyshire's urban, suburban and rural communities. This is your chance to engage with the Commissioner and an opportunity to influence local policing services.
3p.m. AGM of Shardlow Heritage Trust
March 30,
Good Friday
12 noon - 5 p.m.
Heritage Centre re-opens for the season. 
May 7,
May Day
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. New this year will be a screen to view our website and several hundred of our archived photographs.

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.

June 9, Saturday,
1.00 p.m.

Mikron Theatre Company at the Clock Warehouse

"Get Well Soon" - with tunes,transfusions and titters, join Mikron
as they make a surgical strike on the state of our NHS.

No tickets required, a cash collection will be taken after the show

June 16,
Music on the Green at Shardlow Village Hall
July 1st
Steam boats visit the Clock Warehouse.
July 24,
Management Committee Meeting - Members welcome.
Sept 2,
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. See Facebook (Shardlow Village Show) for more information.
Sept 7 - 9,
Sept 14 -16,
October 28,
Last opening day of the season and Members end of season gathering
Home Page and update info
Exhibition and Special Events  (THIS PAGE)
Brief History of the Village
1882 Map of Shardlow
Shardlow - placename and surname
A Walk through the Village
Photo Gallery
Dobson's boat yard  
Links to Related Sites
 Setting the Scene and 1852 Plan
 Carriers by River and Canal at Shardlow
 Boatbuilders at Shardlow
 Other Traders in the Canal Port
 Local Waterways on Old Postcards
see home page for indication of which of our pages have recent updates
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last updated on 3 May 2018