Macclesfield Museums

The Silk Museum Macclesfield
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Macclesfield Museums - four fascinating museums with an exciting programme of events, exhibitions and activities: The Silk Museum tells Macclesfield's silk heritage story, from 18th century silk buttons to silk escape maps and parachutes. It examines the properties of silk, how it is woven, printed and dyed. Discover some of the well-known Macclesfield silk manufacturers and their looms. and the designs of Macclesfield School of Art students.
Paradise Mill is the only site in the country with working Jacquard handlooms in their original location - take a guided tour and see them weave their magic!
The Old Sunday School is a community hub with a shop, café, meetings rooms, Makers’ Place of craftspeople, cinema and auditorium; it houses displays interpreting the building and the town, with a small temporary community display and workshop area. The "MBs' Trip Up the Nile" exhibition tells the story of explorer Marianne Brocklehurst - she travelled to Egypt and collected treasures to bring back to Macclesfield including a beautiful mummy case which is on display.
West Park Museum houses more of Marianne Brocklehurst's collection, and a selection of fine art and local history artefacts.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Industrial heritage site, Gallery

Opening hours

The Old Sunday School Monday-Saturday 10.00-16.00
The Silk Museum (November-March) Monday-Saturday 10.00-15.00, (April-November) Monday-Saturday 10.00-16.00
West Park Museum (November-March) Wednesday-Sunday 13.00-16.00, (April-November) Tuesday-Saturday 13.00-16.00
Paradise Mill (November-March) Tours at 12noon Monday-Friday, 12noon & 1pm Saturday, (April-November) Tours at 11.45am, 1pm & 2.15pm

Admission charges

The Old Sunday School and West Park Museum - admission is free.
The Silk Museum (including Special Exhibition) £4.50/£4 concessions/children free, Special Exhibition only £2/children free.
Paradise Mill £5/£4.50 concessions/children free.
Combined ticket for The Silk Museum & Paradise Mill £8/£7 concessions/children free.


  • National Art Pass
Getting there

All Macclesfield Museums can be easily accessed from the A523, A536 and A537. All sites are a 5 to 15 minute walk from Macclesfield Train Station and Bus Station.

Additional info

At The Silk Museum, step-free access is available, please ring the bell for assistance. There is a lift to the first floor displays.
Paradise Mill is not accessible to wheelchair users.
The Old Sunday School and West Park Museum are step-free throughout.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Industry

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Silk Study Day The Silk Museum

Silk Study Day

  • 3 March 2018 10am-4pm

This study day will explore the impact and legacy of the silk industry, with exclusive access to items from The Silk Museum’s reserve collections and a private tour of Paradise Mill.

A range of guest speakers will be sharing their expertise and offering insights into different aspects of the silk trade.

Rachel Midgley, Curator at Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Gawthorpe Hall, will be discussing silk fashions.

Sara Jane Murray will be showing items from her personal collection and talking about the fascinating escape and evade silk maps printed in Macclesfield during World War II, which went on to be re-used as fabric on the Home Front.

Jenny van Enckevort ACR, Senior Conservator at People’s History Museum, Manchester, will be talking about care of their collection of silk trade union banners: the unique problems presented by this type of object and the range of techniques used.

The artists of Intastitch will be demonstrating different techniques with silk fibres and discussing A Sense of Place, their stunning exhibition on display at The Silk Museum.

Places are strictly limited, so early booking is advised.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£30 including lunch. Call 01625 613210 to book and notify us of any dietary requirements.

Getting there

All Macclesfield Museums can be easily accessed from the A523, A536 and A537. All sites are a 5 to 15 minute walk from Macclesfield Train Station and Bus Station.

Macclesfield Museums
The Silk Museum
Park Lane
SK11 6TJ


Details of all four venues, seasonal opening times, access information, exhibitions and event listings.


General enquiries


The Old Sunday School

01625 613210

Park Lane Galleries

01625 612045


The Silk Museum

01625 612045

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.