THE ARTS SOCIETY NORTH EAST CHESHIRE
THE ARTS SOCIETY NORTH EAST CHESHIRE

NE Cheshire Society’s keen, active group helps to conserve and preserve our heritage. Many of the museums, historic houses, libraries and churches in the area have benefited from our skills. Projects include book and textile conservation; making replica costumes and curtains; archiving and cataloguing books, photographs and costumes, as well as cleaning and caring for a large variety of artefacts.

A current project is the cataloguing and cleaning of books in the library at Capesthorne Hall. This is in addition to the long-standing work of cleaning, polishing and preserving books in Chetham's Library, Manchester, where a group meets on Tuesdays. More volunteers are needed for this important task. Established in 1653, Chetham’s is the UK’s oldest free public reference library and houses some 100,000 volumes. The Heritage group's needlework skills came to the fore in a completed, six-year project to conserve silk curtains in the gallery at Tabley House. Working with the Heritage Volunteers, who usually meet once a month, gives an opportunity to learn new skills and have access behind the scenes to places of historic interest open to the public.