“Volunteering for this project has been a rewarding experience. New skills learned; New facts discovered, all of which connect and inform my collections and guiding work here at the museum”.
“I am enjoying learning about textiles and Macclesfield’s textile history. Volunteering offers a great insight into the curatorial practices of the museum”.
“Being involved in this project has been great fun and I’m really happy that we get to share it with you all, whether you live in Macclesfield or are interested in the history of printing blocks, you can enjoy the treasures we have re-discovered”.
“I’ve volunteered at the Silk Museum since 2014 initially in the Library. I heard about the pattern books project and was attracted to the research, recording and conservation of the archive of pattern books, printing blocks and other artifacts, ranging over two centuries”.
“A volunteer at the museum for over 4 years, originally as front of house assistant and since January 2018 also involved in the digitalisation of the pattern book collection”
“Since retiring from building power stations I have been involved with the museums and am having a fantastic retirement, learning about the collections and getting to know some wonderful people. Two small pictures done in 1891 by Marianne Brocklehurst give the only images existing of the raising of mummies from the cache of mummies the Egyptians call “Bab el-Gasus”, the gateway to the Gods. We are now starting to look at the work of students in silk design, which was given to the museum by the old School of Art when they left the old building the Silk Museum is now in”.