Confirmation of a major funding grant from the Government’s #CultureRecoveryFund -

Silk Heritage Trust, Macclesfield to receive £64,748 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

  • Silk Heritage Trust, Macclesfield is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • This award will support the work of The Silk Heritage Trust enabling us to welcome back visitors to The Silk Museum and to Paradise Mill.  It will also see the reopening of the historic Old Sunday School, home to Cinemac.

 The Silk Heritage Trust, Macclesfield has received a grant of £64748 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including The Silk Heritage Trust in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

This award will support the work of The Silk Heritage Trust enabling us to welcome back visitors to The Silk Museum – the only one in Northern England; and to Paradise Mill – with Europe’s largest collection of Jacquard silk handlooms in original setting.  It will also see the reopening of the historic Old Sunday School, home to Cinemac, the only cinema in the area. It also ensures the continuing development of important creative activities we have developed for vulnerable older people and for schools during Lockdown.

We hope that The Silk Museum will reopen its doors to visitors on 20th May 2021, and will be preparing Paradise Mill for reopening as soon as feasible.  We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to our displays of the renowned Ancient Egyptian collections and the fascinating history of the silk industry in Macclesfield.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

David Rutley MP Member of Parliament for Macclesfield, supported the Trust’s CRF2 application, stating:

The Silk Heritage Trust cares for much-valued heritage assets in the town and is the custodian of nationally important historic collections. The Trust is widely respected in the community for its hard work in not only preserving Macclesfield’s rich history, but also lovingly promoting it among local residents and beyond. Macclesfield’s unique heritage has a vital role to play as local stakeholders seek to establish the town as a more distinctive destination … and realise the town’s cultural and economic potential.

Cllr Janet Jackson, MBE, Town Councillor and Chair of the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage, also wrote in our support:

The Museums are a cornerstone of our community providing opportunities for residents of all ages to learn more about their collections. Macclesfield has both a significant Silk Collection and Egyptology Collection which form a major part of the town’s Tourism offer.  The Heritage Centre is also playing a major role in supporting our residents by forming a community hub. This is enabling local organisations to provide services to our community at this very difficult time.

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. 

 We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.