Macclesfield is known as the ‘Silk Town’ with everything from our fish and chip shops to our football team using Silk in their names. Do you know why silk was made in Macclesfield? Our activities this week explore our local history – you can take a virtual tour of Paradise Mill and find out what work would have been like as a ‘card cutter’ in the mill. If you are feeling crafty try your hand at making clothes for your dolls or teddy.

How we became The Silk Town

Discover the significance of the humble button at the start of Macclesfield’s silk industry.

Are you cut out to be a card cutter?

Dan (one of our Paradise Mill museum guides) tells the story of Jack, the hapless Jacquard card cutter.

Come on a Virtual Tour of Paradise Mill

Come on a virtual tour of this special place – a  unique piece of local history.

We offer fascinating guided tours of Paradise Mill, explaining all the processes involved, including demonstrating the loom and equipment.

Silk Mystery Objects

Test your silk industry knowledge….We’ve six downloadable mystery object question and answer sheets from our collection for you to enjoy!

Silk Eye Spy Town Trail

Silk Eye Spy Town Trail

Everything in Macclesfield is named after Silk from our football team to our chip shops. Can you find these Silk signs around town?

Download Eye Spy Sheet


Old socks to teddy clothes activity

Silk is an amazing material that has been used for many things over the years including escape maps in WWII. Find out more about these escape maps here.

The maps were reused, with no silk wasted, we even have a dress made from escape maps in the museum.

What could you reuse to make some teddy clothes? Try our ‘Old socks to teddy clothes’ activity.