Make it Mayhem! Half term family craft sessions
West Park Museum –Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November, 1.30-3.30pm.
Come along to West Park Museum for our fabulous family half term drop-in craft sessions.
Children can come dressed in their favourite Hallowe’en costume and we’ll be making spooky bunting, ghost, witch and animal masks, jumping spiders, flying bats and shadows puppets! Thursday to Sunday we’ll be concentrating on Bonfire night and the Egyptians, so come prepared to make some fun fireworks (not real ones!) and have a go at Egyptian art.
We’ll also have games, ghost stories, puppet shows and poems. So much to pack in!
Just turn up, join in and get creative!
£3 per child.
Makers on the move
From Saturday 20th October, The Silk Museum on Park Lane is the new home of our Makers’ Place, where eight super-talented Macclesfield makers create stunning gifts, silverware, jewellery, bridal pieces and much much more. So come along, say hello, watch them at work and perhaps pick up a beautifully handcrafted gift for Christmas. Follow us on social media @maccmuseums or call 01625 612045 or email [email protected] for more details. Right: Gemma Kimpton
The Silk Museum Open Day, Saturday 10 November – and the unveiling of Macclesfield Memorials
Join us at the Silk Museum on Park Lane for a free Open Day on Saturday 10thNovember from 10.30am to 3.30pm, and enjoy a special day at the museum!
We’ll be launching our Give What You Can entry initiative as well as unveiling our new Silk Shop which will stock all sorts of exquisite silk items. There’ll also be a chance to meet the Makers at Makers’ Place on the first floor and take part in some seasonal craft making.
At 10.45am on the Open Day, the Silk Museum will unveil and dedicate its new and important display, Macclesfield Memorials, a collection of war memorials which have been donated by Christ Church and salvaged from across the town and are being shown together for the first time in one place. This poignant display will reveal the sacrifices that the men and women of Macclesfield made during the First and Second World Wars.
We’ll be making remembrance bunting to decorate the Museum. Download your bunting makers’ pack here.
Come and visit us on Saturday 10 November and discover the treasures of The Silk Museum all over again.
A 1940s' Christmas at Paradise MiIl, Park Lane
Step back in time and join us for a seasonal celebration with a twist. From Saturday 24 November we’ll be decorating the Mill as it would have been for a wartime Christmas. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the ’40s, complete with decorations, music and a tour from one of our expert guides.
For more information or to book a group (£7.50 per person), call 01625 612045 or email
Charles Tunnicliffe: A Cheshire Countryman
Between Floors Gallery, The Silk Museum, 11 December 2017 onwards
Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe (1901-1979) was Britain’s foremost 20th-century wildlife artist, renowned for his decorative watercolours of birds.
Born in Langley, Macclesfield, he lived and worked on the family farm until he was 19 years old. He studied at the Macclesfield School of Art (the building which now houses The Silk Museum on Park Lane) before receiving a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London.
This exhibition explores both his well-observed images of rural Macclesfield in the early 20th century and his later commercial successes – most notably his illustrations for Henry Williamson’s 1932 edition of Tarka the Otter.
Tunnicliffe’s wife Winifred – whom he met whilst studying at the Royal College of Art – was also an artist, and you can see an example of one of her carved bookcases and a ceramic polar bear at the top of the stairs.