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. New for 2016: weddings, children and sports

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 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.

Events 2016
January 19
6.30 p.m.
Management Committee Meeting - Members welcome.
March 20,
 1.00 - 3.00p.m.
 3.00 - 4.00p.m.
1.00pm Preview afternoon - everybody is welcome to view the new section of exhibition featuring village weddings, early photos of village children, sporting Shardlow. Refreshments provided.
3p.m. AGM of Shardlow Heritage Trust
March 25,
Good Friday
12 noon - 5 p.m.
Heritage Centre re-opens for the season. 
May 2,
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.

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.

May 24,
 6.30 p.m.
Management Committee Meeting - Members welcome.
June 11
1.00 p.m.
Mikron Theatre Company present "Pure - the Business of Chocolate"

Watch a story of many flavours - both from the past and in the present - about making and selling chocolate.

June 18,
Music on the Green at Shardlow Village Hall
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.
2015 Posters: 
October 30,
Last opening day of the season
Nov 6,
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Members end of season gathering
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Brief History of the Village
1882 Map of Shardlow
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A Walk through the Village
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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
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last updated on 7 May 2016