PROGRAMME FOR 2016 – 2017

Please note: Talks will be held in the new Theatre at Mid Cheshire College from February onwards.  The Theatre is situated at the car park entrance and is the new Green building. Access is around the new building and into the square. The door is on the right hand side.

As a member of Northwich and District Heritage Society you enjoy free admission to the Society’s programme of talks listed below. Non- members are welcome on payment of £1.50 admission fee at the door

Talks take place at Mid Cheshire College, Hartford Campus, Northwich CW8 1LJ at 8pm. Plenty of parking and the usual disabled facilties.

Getting There
Train: Greenbank station is an easy 5 minute walk from the College and is serviced by the Chester-Manchester line. Hartford station, a longer walk, is on the line linking Crewe to Liverpool and Preston. National Rail enquiries telephone 0845 484950.
Bus: There is a bus stop immediately outside the college.
Cheshire Traveline provides timetable information for any bus, rail or coach service serving Cheshire and Warrington:
0871 200 22 33 (Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).
or use the Traveline site to plan your journey online.


Programme for 2017/2018

We are currently organising our programme for next season, which will run from October 2017 to May 2018.

This will be published here once it is finalised.  We will distribute programme leaflets to our members and in local outlets at the end of August.

Friday 7th October 2016 – The Richard Kelsall Lecture

A story of the local chemical industry from the 18th Century to the 21st Century. – Dr Diana Leith returns to talk to us about the history of the chemical industry including the Northwich area and the bringing together of ICI in 1926 and beyond.

Sponsored by Roberts Bakery, Northwich

Friday 4th November 2016

From Copper to Velvet – Ian Doughty from the Congleton Museum will relate the story of Havannah – Cheshire’s deserted village. Havannah was one of the first industrial villages to be built. For over 200 years the village’s five water powered mills were used in the manufacture of copper sheet and brass wire, the spinning of silk, the production of Havannah cigars and the production of velvet. In the early 20th Century Havannah became a deserted village and a heritage attraction.

Sponsored by Bratts of Northwich

Friday 2nd December 2016

The Travels and Curious collection of Maurice Egerton – Sarah Marden will talk about Maurice Egerton, 4th and last Baron Egerton of Tatton, who amassed a fantastic collection of artefacts from his travels around the world between 1896 and 1956. The talk explores Maurice’s motivations to travel, the type of objects he chose to collect and his original display in the Tenant’s Hall at Tatton Park.

Sponsored by Willows Veterinary Group, Hartford

Friday 13th January 2017

The Saltscape Project – Rachael Maskill will bring us up to date on this project to promote the salt legacy, the salt people, the salt way and the development of salt skills in the community. This project aims to protect, restore, enhance and manage our unique place and reconnect people with their landscape and heritage.

Sponsored by Gilroy Wilson Shoes of Northwich

Friday 3rd February 2017

Marbury Hall – 1939 – 1948 – Clive Brookes will give us the history of Marbury Hall during the war years and up to 1948. Clive will focus on the personal stories of Allied and German individuals that he has, so far, uncovered and the role of Marbury in the Allied deception of Hitler as to the intended landings on D-Day.

Sponsored by Bartlett Jewellers and Little Gems of Castle

Friday 3rd March 2017

Peover Hall and the Mainwarings – David Young will give his fully illustrated talk about one of Cheshire’s leading families in the middle ages. The Mainwaring family lived in Cheshire from 1066 until 1919. David will also discuss the architecture of Peover Hall which is one of Cheshire’s oldest brick buildings.

Sponsored by Mosshaslehurst, Solicitors

Friday 7th April 2017

Manchester’s development in Five Libraries – John Carpenter uses the examples of five world class libraries to illustrate the city’s social history. John will cover the technical advancements in which Manchester led the world over a number of centuries and how the city became the centre of social and political leadership.

Sponsored by Central Cheshire Chiropractic Clinic

Friday 5th May 2017

The Society’s AGM at 7.30pm followed at 8pm by

The River Weaver through the ages – local historian Colin Edmondson will give us his up to date talk on the River Weaver from 1700 to the present day. Colin will illustrate this talk with old and new photographs and maps.

Sponsored by CRS Consultants, Northwich