Northwich Library hosts exhibition to mark Sir John Brunner's Centenary

4 July 2019

Northwich Library is hosting an exhibition of arts and artefacts about John Brunner to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of his death, and to promote how he supported the local area with investment in education and buildings.

From Saturday 13 July, as part of the town River Festival, there will be a pop up exhibition organised in partnership with Weaver Hall Museum and supported by the Northwich Arts Festival, which will tell the story of Brunner Mond and the contribution Sir John Brunner made to Northwich. 

Sir John Brunner was an English industrialist, politician and local benefactor. The Brunner Mond factory was built at Winnington, and in time it became the largest producer of soda and alkaline chemicals in the world.  Brunner then took an interest in politics, and was elected as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Northwich, holding the seat for over 30 years. The business had made him a rich man, and he was a generous benefactor in the local area.

Weaver Hall Museum worked with Youth Programmers Emily Harrison and Smriti Sivakumar to curate the exhibition, which will also feature items on display from the museum’s collection.

During July, there will also be an exhibition of unique local history photographs on display, taken during the 1930s by local photographer H. Emmett, a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and former Winnington resident. 

The photographs feature local landmarks, including ICI, Rudheath and Wallerscote Works, with one particular image “Light and Shade” shown in the 1934/35 Northern International Photographic Exhibit at Manchester City Art Gallery. Emmett’s work also featured in the in-house ICI Magazine. These photographs have been kindly loaned to the Library Service by Andrew Blears.

Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “This fascinating exhibition will be free to view at Northwich Library from Saturday 13 July.  Sir John Bruner was a benefactor of the Library building so it’s fitting that it is hosting an exhibition about his contribution to the local area.

“Don’t forget if you’re not currently a library member you can join for free, either online or at any Cheshire West library.”

Libraries: For more details enquire at your local library.
 

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