Record for 2011
This is a record of events that have taken place during the year. Future events can be found on the events page.
The accounts are a useful source of information for people who would like to know about our activities before they attend a particular event.
They have also proved to be particularly useful to university candidates, writing their personal statements, by providing a reference for an interest, beyond the limits of the curriculum, in their chosen subjects.
This year has been one of both consolidation and innovation. We have fine-tuned some of our regular courses, introduced new ones and instigated some new events; such as our Open Days, which were well attended and much enjoyed. The number of Conducted Tours that we have given has grown, with some being organised by visitors who have been here before. We have also taken our presence out into the local community by giving talks at History groups and U3A groups and having stalls and displays at the Alderley Edge May Fair, Goostrey Rose Day and Radbroke Hall Families Day - and further a-field at Plas Mawr in Conwy.
The generosity of our benefactors has enabled us to give a bursary to one of our participants and also to commemorate a much love champion of the young with an annual award in his name for the student, who we judge to have gained the most from the Trust and who has helped us the most during the last few years. It is The Eric Morten Award and was presented at our Friends' and Benefactors' Day. This is an event where the Trustees thank all those who have contributed to the Trust in a variety of ways and whose support we depend on to run our events and to secure our future.
|Wednesday, 19th October||Antiques Road Trip at The Old Medicine House|
|Saturday, 8th October||Science in Archaeology|
|Tuesday, 27th September||MGS GCSE Art Class|
|Wednesday, 21st September||Open Day|
|Saturday, 27th August||Friends|
|Monday, 22nd August||Archaeological Training Excavation|
|Sunday, 31st July||Frank Carter Memorial Plate - 2011|
|Saturday, 30th July||Medieval Cheshire|
|Friday, 22nd July||Variety at Home|
|Sunday, 26th June||Music of a House|
|Saturday, 18th June||Open Day|
|Thursday, 19th May||Demonstration at Plas Mawr|
|Saturday, 14th May||Tudor Blackwork Embroidery|
|Monday, 4th April||Hidden Histories|
|Saturday, 2nd April||Archaeological excavation for Young Friends|
|Saturday, 26th March||Uncovering the Story of Blackden|
Jonathan Pratt and the red MG at Blackden
Jonathan Pratt and his red MG visited The Old Medicine House as part of his journey through Cheshire. Griselda Garner described how The Old Medicine House had been dismantled at its original site in Wrinehill and how it was repaired in Holmes Chapel before it was re-assembled at Blackden. She showed Jonathan the artefacts that were found within the fabric of the house and those found in the garden and surrounding fields. Sue Hughes talked to him about the genesis of our herb collection and how herbs were used at the time that the house was originally built. We were a part of Episode 21 of Series 3 that was transmitted on 10th October 2011.
Dave Heath receives his memorial plate
Dave Heath won the Frank Carter Memorial Plate for the heaviest Premier Berry shown at the 2011 Goostrey Gooseberry Society Show. His winning berry was a Newton Wonder that weighed 31 pennyworths and 15 grains. Dave will be presented with his plate early in 2012. This is the second time he has won the plate. He was the winner in 2009 with a Bank View berry that weighed 31 pennyweights and 18 grains.