In Commemoration – Nuneaton Charter Day 1907

I’m really looking forward to our next Hands on History session on Saturday 18 March, which explores objects from the museum collections created specifically to commemorate events of local and national significance.

An object I am excited to share with our visitors is a booklet produced in 1957 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nuneaton Charter Day, which took place on 28th September 1907.

Nuneaton Charter Day Golden Jubilee Booklet 1957

Nuneaton Charter Day Golden Jubilee Booklet 1957

Nuneaton Charter Day marked the merger of Nuneaton and Chilvers Coton into a single municipal borough, which Edward VII granted by charter in 1907.

The first page of the booklet presents a Jubilee message from The Worshipful Mayor of Nuneaton, Councillor Robert Wilkinson and announces that the 1957 Charter Day Celebrations will include a Civic Exhibition.

Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery’s founder, Edward Ferdinand Melly, appears in the booklet, which includes photographs and dates of office of Nuneaton Mayors from 1907 to 1957. Melly served three terms of office as Mayor of Nuneaton from 1908 to 1909, 1909 to 1910 and 1927 to 1928.

A page of Nuneaton Mayors from the Nuneaton Charter Day booklet including Edward Ferdinand Melly

A page of Nuneaton Mayors from the Nuneaton Charter Day booklet including Edward Ferdinand Melly

Also of interest, is a photograph included in the booklet which shows damage caused to Melly’s home in the 1941 Nuneaton air raid.

Photograph in Nuneaton Charter Day booklet showing air raid damage to Melly's home in 1941

Photograph in Nuneaton Charter Day booklet showing air raid damage to Melly’s home in 1941 (bottom)

The booklet details the formation of the George Eliot Fellowship in 1930 and recounts that a garden design competition held in 1951 by the borough Council resulted in the creation of the George Eliot Memorial Gardens.

The Museum Access Assitants look forward to sharing this and many other fascinating objects with you from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 18 March in the Picture Gallery.We hope to see you there.

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